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ATOC 1060 Our Changing Environment: El Nino, Ozone, and Climate

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:

Discusses the Earth’s climate for non-science majors, focusing on the role of the atmosphere, oceans, and land surface. Describes the water cycle, atmospheric circulations, and ocean currents, and how they influence global climate, El Nino, and the ozone hole. Discusses human impacts from climate change. Prereq., ATOC 1050. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science.

Required Text:

Kump, L. R., Kasting, J. F., & Crane, R. G. (2010). The Earth System (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.


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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