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Welcome to the Bachelor's Program in Meteorology

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Professor Peter Knippertz, Director, BSc Program in Meteorology

The Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a dynamic institution with an excellent reputation for world-class research and quality education. The three-year BSc program in Meteorology offers a basic education in the atmospheric sciences.

The Bachelor's degree program has its own professional qualification profile. During the study, a broad knowledge base in all key areas of meteorology and climatology as well as in-depth knowledge in physics and mathematics are taught. In addition to the scientific principles, methodological competence and vocational qualifications are taught. The additional acquisition of knowledge in programming as well as additive key qualifications, the so-called soft skills, complete the profile.

In this program, you will learn in many different ways - through lectures, paper- or computer-based exercises, field and lab practical lessons, and teamwork with fellow students. In the final bachelor thesis, which has a working time of three months, the skills and knowledge acquired during the course of studies should be used - as an introduction to professional activities or a consecutive master's program. For this purpose, relevant information is collected, evaluated and interpreted in order to derive scientifically sound judgments.

For the successful completion of the Bachelor Degree Program in Meteorology at KIT, study credits totaling 180 credit points are to be acquired throughout the course of study. As an academic degree then the "Bachelor of Science" (B.Sc.) is awarded.

The bachelor's degree program lays the foundations for the English-language master's degree program, which is reserved for stronger profiling and consolidation.

At KIT you will be taught by leading experts in the field of meteorology. As one of the largest institutions for atmospheric research in Germany, we are in the unique situation of offering a wide range of topics, each taught by an active researcher in each area. This is possible because KIT is both a traditional state university and a research center funded by the Federal Government within the framework of the Helmholtz Association.

KIT's Atmospheric Science Program was recently rated "Excellent" by an international team of experts. Professor Corinna Hoose, for example, has been honored by the European Research Council for her work on microphysical processes in clouds with a renowned Consolidator Grant. Professor Joaquim Pinto joined IMK in 2016 as head of the AXA Research Fund because he is relevant to the insurance industry. My own research leads me to Africa, where we study the important West African monsoon system. This includes fieldwork often involving students in the MSc Meteorology Program.

Karlsruhe is a great place to live and study. With over 300,000 inhabitants, Karlsruhe offers all the cultural assets of a city, but is small enough to go anywhere by bike. Located in the Upper Rhine Valley, Karlsruhe is one of the sunniest and warmest places in Germany. The nearby Black Forest and Palatinate forests offer great day trips for hiking, biking, skiing - and to watch the weather! Or visit the beautiful French Alsace on the other side of the river! Even if you can not speak German, living in this international, hospitable and open-minded city should not be a problem!

Come and join in!

Professor Peter Knippertz,

Director, BSc Program in Meteorology

 
 

Karlsruhe is a great place to live and study. With over 300,000 inhabitants, Karlsruhe offers all the cultural assets of a city, but is small enough to go anywhere by bike. Located in the Upper Rhine Valley, Karlsruhe is one of the sunniest and warmest places in Germany. The nearby Black Forest and Palatinate forests offer great day trips for hiking, biking, skiing - and to watch the weather! Or visit the beautiful French Alsace on the other side of the river! Even if you can not speak German, living in this international, hospitable and open-minded city should not be a problem!

Come and join in!

Professor Peter Knippertz

Director, BSc Program in Meteorology