Introduction to Weather and Climate
I. Course Prefix/Number: EAS 105
Course Name: Introduction to Weather and Climate
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course introduces weather and climate. Topics include atmospheric processes, elements of weather, and a survey of world climates.
IV. Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this course, a student should be able to:
- Describe the basic elements of weather and climate.
- Reproduce the spatial distribution of climatic zones.
- Summarize the mechanisms for and evidence of climatic change.
- Differentiate between facts and opinions regarding climate change.
- Gather, analyze, and interpret basic weather/climate data.
- Define atmospheric problems and construct a hypothesis to explain the cause.
- Explain how weather and climate impact human activities and how humans are modifying weather and climate.
- Work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, both individually and in groups.
- Communicate effectively in writing or speech.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Introduction to the Atmosphere
- Heating of Earth’s Surface and Atmosphere
- Moisture and Atmospheric Stability
- Forms of Condensation and Precipitation
- Air Pressure and Winds
- Circulation of the Atmosphere
- Air Masses
- Weather Patterns
- Severe Weather
- Weather Analysis and Forecasting
- Air Pollution
- The Changing Climate
- World Climates
VII. Methods of Instruction
Instructional methods may include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Assigned readings
- Field trips
- Lab exercises
- Case studies
- Field demonstrations
- Video clips
- Web activities and links
- Application assignments
*Course may be offered in a face-to-face or hybrid format.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Required course practices are to be established by the instructor. Completion of lab exercises is required. Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
IX. Instructional Materials
Textbook: Atmosphere: An Introduction to Meteorology, Lutgens, Tarbuck, and Tasa, 12th Edition, Prentice Hall.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Evaluation of student learning is established by the instructor and may include, but is not limited to:
- Research Papers
- Class Participation
- Laboratory Reports
- Oral Presentations
- Application Assignments
- Field Journals
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.