B.Sc. Meteo­ro­lo­gy

Meteo­ro­lo­gy essen­ti­al­ly descri­bes the physics of the atmos­phe­re. 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.
One highlight of the course is the oppor­tu­ni­ty to spend a semes­ter abroad on the island of Spits­ber­gen at one of the northern­most univer­si­ties in the world, where you can gain a direct insight into research and life in the Arctic.


In the modules “Mathe­ma­ti­cal Founda­ti­ons of Meteo­ro­lo­gy” and “Theore­ti­cal Meteo­ro­lo­gy 1” the necessa­ry mathe­ma­ti­cal knowledge for the study is impar­ted. This inclu­des analy­sis, linear algebra as well as ordina­ry and parti­al diffe­ren­ti­al equations. The mathe­ma­ti­cal concepts are applied in the module “Mathe­ma­ti­cal Methods 1”, in which the most important mathe­ma­ti­cal methods are used in classi­cal physics and meteo­ro­lo­gy.

Experi­men­tal Physics

The modules Experi­men­tal Physics I and II must be taken in the Bachelor’s program­me. These modules cover classi­cal physics, i.e. the fields of mecha­nics, thermo­dy­na­mics and electro­dy­na­mics, which are alrea­dy known from school. This knowledge can be applied in the Physics Labora­to­ry course, which comple­tes the basic physi­cal educa­ti­on in the third semes­ter.

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. In “Theore­ti­cal Meteo­ro­lo­gy 1 and 2” mathe­ma­ti­cal topics as well as the princi­ples of dynamics and thermo­dy­na­mics and the essen­ti­al meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal equations are taught. The knowledge acqui­red in the third semes­ter in the field of statis­tics is useful for further studies. In additi­on, “Synop­tics” in this semes­ter deals with topics such as the forma­ti­on of a low pressu­re area and fronts. With the fourth semes­ter, the mathe­ma­ti­cal and physi­cal basics for the study have alrea­dy been laid, so that meteo­ro­lo­gy comes more to the fore. Highlights are the “Meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal Working Methods”, in which meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal quanti­ties are measu­red independent­ly and meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal sensors are calibra­ted. The same module also teaches the basics of scien­ti­fic work. These basics are applied in the seminar lectures of the following semes­ter. In these lectures a concre­te questi­on is worked on with the help of scien­ti­fic litera­tu­re under guidance of a scien­tist at the insti­tu­te. Also in the fifth semes­ter the “Weather Discus­sion” takes place, where students give a forecast for the weekend weather every Thurs­day. As part of 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 own interests. Possi­ble modules cover topics such as aerosol physics, atmos­phe­ric chemi­stry, middle and high atmos­phe­re as well as 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)