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Curriculum Bachelor Meteorology

The Meteorology Bachelor's degree program is not restricted to admission. The study can generally only be started in the winter semester. The standard period of study is six semesters and comprises 180 credits.

The study of meteorology is a physical study with a special focus on the physics of the atmosphere. The bachelor's program meteorology is therefore almost identical to the bachelor program physics in the first three semesters and consists in particular of courses in physics and mathematics and the corresponding examination requirements in these semesters.

In addition, students acquire basic meteorological knowledge during the first semesters. From the fourth semester, the knowledge about meteorological relationships in courses on theoretical meteorology, synoptics (meteorology) numerics and statistics as well as the circulation and composition of the atmosphere. Through the meteorological internship and the weather forecast seminar, the students will learn how to apply and implement the acquired meteorological expertise.

As part of the meteorological internship and the bachelor thesis, students can learn how to handle meteorological data sets. These include the application of statistical methods, the graphical representation and the handling of special software (data processing and programming). It is also possible to participate in international measurement campaigns.

Obligatory is the acquisition of additional key qualifications (such as language, writing, presentation). Good knowledge of the English language should be present or acquired. The standard period of study is 6 semesters. However, the KIT is very keen to give students the opportunity to adapt the curricula to individual needs and, if necessary, to slow them down.

Meteorology is a small field of study compared to the subjects of physics or computer science. At KIT start max. 50 students per year with the study of meteorology. The excellent care ratio and the proximity to current research work of the institute create the best study conditions.

At the KIT, in addition to the bachelor's degree program in meteorology, there is also the master's degree program in meteorology. Although the bachelor's program is an independent, professional qualification, one is at KIT one endeavors to establish the master's degree as a standard conclusion.

The master's program Meteorology builds on the bachelor's program. It is a further broadening and deepening of knowledge. The academic work with the preparation of a master's thesis takes up a lot of space. Furthermore, interdisciplinary links with other natural sciences (such as physics, geophysics, geology, chemistry, ...) are possible. If the students choose this as a minor subject, interdisciplinary scientific competencies can be acquired. The standard period of study in the Master is 4 semesters.

Information on the subject areas of the bachelor's program:

The bachelor's program is divided into 8 subjects, which in turn can be subdivided into 4 general topics:

  • Meteorology,
  • Physics,
  • Mathematic and Computer Science and
  • Interdisciplinary Qualifications.

The subjects are in turn subdivided into modules that consist of several courses (a detailed description of the modules and events can be found in the module manual Bachelor Meteorology and Physics):

  1. Meteorology
    • Fundamentals of Meteorology
      The focus is on the acquisition of the physical fundamentals of meteorology and climatology as well as a fundamental understanding of the relevant physical and chemical processes taking place in the atmosphere, the Earth's climate system and the essential elements of the weather.
    • Theoretical meteorology:
      The students acquire knowledge about hydro- and thermodynamic processes in the atmosphere on the basis of physical laws as well as related mathematical solutions. In addition, they will learn theoretical models for the description of atmospheric phenomena and radiation processes in the atmosphere.
    • Applied Meteorology:
      Both practical and theoretical fundamentals for the application of different meteorological measuring methods as well as the evaluation of measured data will be tested. The physical analysis, diagnosis and prognosis of current weather events will be mediated by theory and a weekly analysis and discussion of the current weather. The lectures on numerical methods, which are developed in different programming languages, and statistics provide the basis for working with numerical models.
    • Bachelor thesis:
      In the bachelor thesis, each student is confronted with a current research topic and independently develops results, which are compiled and presented in a scientific paper.
  2. Physics
    • Experimental Physics:
      Here students acquire knowledge about the experimental basics and the mathematical description of classical mechanics, hydromechanics, special relativity, classical electrodynamics, optics and classical thermodynamics. During the internship, students perform physical measurements and experimental setups in the fields of optics, electrodynamics and electronics.
    • Theoretical and Modern Physics:
      In classical theoretical physics, students acquire basic mathematical knowledge and skills, using simple mechanical problems as an example, the treatment of the analytical mechanics of point masses, rigid bodies, and the continuum at the center. In the lecture on modern physics, the students will learn the following topics: Special Theory of Relativity, Quantum Physics, Atomic Physics, Solid State Physics and Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics.
  3. Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Higher mathematics:
      The students acquire knowledge in the areas of analysis, vector analysis and linear algebra as well as function theory, differential equations and integral transformations.
    • Programming and computer usage:
      Basic knowledge of a programming language, currently C ++, and the learning of independent program development are in the focus of this event.
  4. Interdisciplinary qualifications: Soft skills (for example, academic writing / presentation, language courses or work techniques)


Curriculum Bachelor meteorology (Standard period of study 6 semesters)

Fig .: Curriculum of the Bachelor program (as of August 2018)
Abbreviations: CP = credit point, V: lecture, Ü: exercise, S: seminar, information in semester hours per week.