B.Sc. Meteo­ro­lo­gy

Meteo­ro­lo­gy essen­ti­al­ly descri­bes the physics of the atmos­phe­re, for this reason the first two semes­ters in parti­cu­lar hardly differ from a physics course. Thus, an exten­si­ve basic educa­ti­on in mathe­ma­tics and experi­men­tal physics is part of the course. With the first semes­ter also the meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal educa­ti­on begins, which takes a larger porti­on starting from the third semes­ter. Since meteo­ro­lo­gy deals with the entire atmos­phe­re, both the proces­ses on a molecu­lar level and the global clima­te are consi­de­red.


In den Modulen Mathe­ma­tik 1 bis 3 werden die notwen­di­gen mathe­ma­ti­schen Kennt­nis­se vermit­telt. Dazu zählen die Themen­be­rei­che Analy­sis, linea­re Algebra, sowie gewöhn­li­che und parti­el­le Diffe­ren­ti­al­glei­chun­gen. Eine Anwen­dung der mathe­ma­ti­schen Konzep­te erfolgt im Modul “Mathe­ma­ti­sche Metho­den 1”, in denen die wichtigs­ten mathe­ma­ti­schen Metho­den, welche in der klassi­schen Physik Verwen­dung finden.

Experi­men­tal Physics

Im Bache­lor­stu­di­um müssen die Module Experi­men­tal­phy­sik I und II belegt werden. Diese Module umfas­sen die klassi­sche Physik, also die Berei­che Mecha­nik, Wärme­leh­re und Elektro­dy­na­mik, welche bereits aus der Schule bekannt sind. Selbst anwen­den kann man dieses erwor­be­ne Wissen im Physi­ka­li­schen Prakti­kum, welches im dritten Semes­ter den Abschluss der physi­ka­li­schen Grund­aus­bil­dung bildet.

Compul­so­ry Moduls

In the first two semes­ters, the modules “Intro­duc­tion to Meteo­ro­lo­gy” and “Intro­duc­tion to Clima­to­lo­gy” offer a first overview of the topics within meteo­ro­lo­gy. The largest part of the contents can be found in the later modules. The basic knowledge acqui­red in the second semes­ter in the field of statis­tics is useful for further studies. From the third semes­ter on the meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal educa­ti­on is deepe­ned. With the fourth semes­ter the mathe­ma­ti­cal and physi­cal basics for the study are alrea­dy laid, so that the meteo­ro­lo­gy moves stron­ger into the foreground. A special highlight is the meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal internship, in which meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal quanti­ties are measu­red independent­ly and meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal sensors are calibra­ted. In this semes­ter, the basics of scien­ti­fic work are also taught. These basics are applied in the seminar lectures of the follo­wing semes­ter. In these lectures a concre­te questi­on is worked on using scien­ti­fic litera­tu­re under guidance of a scien­tist at the insti­tu­te. Also in the fifth semes­ter the weather meeting takes place, where students give a forecast for the weekend weather every Thurs­day. Within the meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal field measu­rements in the sixth semes­ter in Zingst conti­nuous measu­rements within the atmos­phe­ric bounda­ry layer are carri­ed out over a period of two weeks.

Compul­so­ry Electives

In the elective compul­so­ry area, students have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to choose certain specia­li­za­ti­ons in the fifth and sixth semes­ters accord­ing to their prefe­ren­ces. Possi­ble modules range from aerosol physics, atmos­phe­ric chemi­stry, medium and high atmos­phe­re to radia­ti­on and clouds.


Within the elective area modules from geogra­phy or compu­ter science can be taken. At the Univer­si­ty of Leipzig, there are so-called key quali­fi­ca­ti­on modules which offer the oppor­tu­ni­ty to gain insights into the working methods of other subjec­ts and to broaden one’s own knowledge horizon.


In the sixth semes­ter the first indepen­dent scien­ti­fic work is written, the Bache­lor thesis. The bache­lor thesis deals with a concre­te meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal problem. The possi­ble tasks range from the evalua­ti­on of the results of inter­na­tio­nal measu­rement campai­gns to the inves­ti­ga­ti­on of certain influ­en­cing factors in clima­te simula­ti­ons.

"Der Natur gegen­über­zu­ste­hen und seinen Scharf­sinn an ihren Rätseln zu erpro­ben, gibt dem Leben einen ungeahn­ten Inhalt.

Alfred Wegener (Meteo­ro­lo­ge, Geowis­sen­schaft­ler)