Welcome to the Bachelor's Degree 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 first-class research and high-quality education. The three-year BSc program in meteorology provides a basic education in the atmospheric sciences.
The bachelor's program has an independent, professionally qualifying profile. During the course of study, a broad basic knowledge in all central areas of meteorology and climatology, as well as sound knowledge in physics and mathematics are imparted. In addition to the scientific fundamentals, methodological competence and qualifications related to the field of work are taught in particular. The additional acquisition of knowledge in programming as well as additive key qualifications, the so-called soft skills, complete the profile.
In this programme you will learn in many different ways - through lectures, paper or computer-based exercises, practical field and laboratory training and team activities with fellow students. In the final Bachelor's thesis, which takes three months to complete, the skills and knowledge acquired during the course of study are to be applied as a guide to professional activities or to a consecutive Master's programme. Relevant information is collected, evaluated and interpreted in order to derive scientifically sound judgements.
For the successful completion of the KIT bachelor's program in meteorology, 180 credit points must be earned throughout the course of study. The academic degree "Bachelor of Science" (B.Sc.) is then awarded.
The Bachelor's programme lays the foundations for the Master's programme, which is taught in English and which is reserved for a stronger profile and more in-depth study.
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 position to offer a wide range of topics, each taught by an active researcher in the respective field. This is possible because the KIT is both a classical state university and a research center funded by the German government within the Helmholtz Association.
The Atmospheric Science Program of KIT was recently rated "Excellent" by an international team of experts. Professor Joaquim Pinto, for example, joined the IMK in 2016 as head of the AXA Research Fund, where he is relevant for the insurance industry. Professor Peter Knippertz is often in Africa for research purposes, where he studies the important West African monsoon system. This includes field work, often with students from the MSc Meteorology Program. My own work on microphysical processes in clouds was awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant by the European Research Council.
Karlsruhe is a great place to live and learn. With over 300,000 inhabitants, Karlsruhe offers all the cultural advantages of a city, but is small enough so that you can reach everything by bicycle. Located in the Upper Rhine Valley, Karlsruhe is one of the sunniest and warmest places in Germany. The nearby Black Forest and the Palatinate Forest invite you to make great day trips, go hiking, cycling, skiing - and watch the weather! Or visit the beautiful French Alsace on the other side of the Rhine! Even without knowledge of German, life in this international, hospitable and open-minded city should not be a problem!
Come and join us!
Professor Corinna Hoose
Dean of Studies, BSc Program in Meteorology