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ATOC 1050 Weather and the Atmosphere

Instructor Contact:

Dr. Jeffrey Forrest


Instructor Bio:

I hold a BA in Geography/Earth Science, BS in Aviation Technology, MA in Space Systems Management, MAS in Aerospace Management, and Ph.D. in Computer Information Science.

For over 20 years, I have been teaching weather to pilots and aerospace managers. I also managed an Earth science research firm for over 10 years.

I have been an active pilot for over 30 years (See: JF BIO.html ). I have flown all types of weather — from “clear blue” to squall lines. I have also studied planetary science at CU, and really enjoy reading about atmospheres on other planets!

My full time job is Professor & Chair of Aviation & Aerospace Science at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I have also been teaching ATOC 1050 & 1060 at CU Boulder for over 10 years!

About the Course:

Introduces principles of modern meteorology for non-science majors, with emphasis on scientific and human issues associated with severe weather events. Includes description, methods of prediction, and impacts of blizzards, hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, floods, and firestorms. Meets MAPS requirement for natural science: non-lab. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science.

Required Text:

Ahrens, C. D. (2012). Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thompson Brooks/Cole. ISBN 9780840049339


Earned % Letter Grade Earned % Letter Grade
94.00 – 100 = A 73.00 – 76.99 = C
90.00 – 93.99 = A- 70.00 – 72.99 = C-
87.00 – 89.99 = B+ 67.00 – 69.99 = D+
83.00 – 86.99 = B 63.00 – 66.99 = D
80.00 – 82.99 = B- 60.00 – 62.99 = D-
77.00 – 79.99 = C+ Below 60 = F

Final Grade = average (exams I & II)*.75 + average (quizzes and discussions)*.10 + online presentation*.15
I WILL NOT issue the grade of “I” (incomplete) for ANY reason.


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