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Check out the new ATMOS course offerings for the Spring 2021 Semester below!

For more info about these and all ATMOS classes, visit the ATMOS Course Descriptions in the University's General Catalog. To learn how to sign up, visit the Office of the Registrar's page about How to Register for Classes.


Taught by Dr. Jim Steenburgh
3 Credit Hours
Format: Online

Snow provides thrills for skiers and snowboarders, threats from avalanches, and water resources for billions. This class examines the “Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth,” for students with a passion for mountains, snow, and winter storms. Scenario-based learning activities enable the development of practical knowledge for winter-sports pursuits, including forecasting the next powder day, avoiding mental traps in backcountry travel, and evaluating information about climate change and its impact on snow and mountainous regions.
Check out the video below for a preview of the class!


Taught by Dr. Kevin Perry
3 Credit Hours
Format: Online

Modern society has utilized the vast fossil fuel and metal reserves of the Earth to increase both its technological sophistication and the standard of living for its residents. However, this progress has come at a price. Access to clean water and air is no longer guaranteed for millions of citizens and regional/global conflicts have arisen as countries attempt to control the raw materials which fuel our society. This course will explore the environmental pressures exerted by continued economic development and evaluate various technologies and strategies aimed at creating a more sustainable society. To the extent possible, discussions, debates, and homework will focus on locally relevant and timely issues.

ATMOS 2750 is a Physical/Life Sciences Intellectual Exploration (SF) course and adheres to university policies regarding course content and delivery.

Last Updated: 4/30/21