Bachelorstudium Atmospheric Sciences

Curriculum (2010W)

Bachelor of Science

6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences

Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQR/NQR: Level 6

0532 Earth Sciences

Study Code
UC 033 604

* Information on the Curriculum (2010W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
 available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

General Information

(1) Within the scope of the studies induction and orientation stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. VO Introduction to Atmospheric Science (CM 4 lit. a/2 hrs. /4 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO Introduction to Climatology (CM 4 lit. b/2 hrs. /5 ECTS-Credits),
  3. VO Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (CM 3 lit. a/4 hrs. / 6 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations as well as to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 16.5 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjects.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

  1. VO Introduction to Atmospheric Science (PM 4 lit. a / 2 hours / 4 ECTS-Credits)
  2. VO Introduction to Klimatology (PM 4 lit. b / 2 hours / 3,5 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Mathematics 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Mathematics 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Physics 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Mathematics 3
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Physics 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Chemistry and Geophysics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Meteorological Instrumentation and Measurement Lab

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Atmospheric Radiation, Micrometeorology
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Thermodynamics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Weather Analysis and Forecasting 1, Scientific Methods
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Statistics, Scientific Programming

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Mathematical Methods
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Dynamics of the Atmosphere
7.5 ECTS-Credits: The Alps and Europe
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Geoinformatics 1

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Remote Sensing
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Weather Analysis and Forecasting 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Solid Earth1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Gases and Aerosols
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Climate, Glaciology, Hydrology
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor's Thesis

Recommended course sequence for Bachelor's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The ECTS Grading Table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The ECTS Grading Table is updated in regular intervals.

 Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 20.7= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 26.5
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 27.6
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum cirteria 25.2
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2020

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

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