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Bachelor's Programme Atmospheric Sciences 

Faculty Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0532 Earth Sciences
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 033 604
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2021W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2021W)

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.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(1)  Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Period, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. VO Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences (CM 1 lit. a, 2 h, 2,5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO Mechanik und Wärmelehre (CM 4 lit. a‚ 4 h, 6 ECTS-Credits).

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

(3)  Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Period courses amounting to 21.5 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The registration requirements listed in the curriculum must be adhered to.

General Information

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).

First Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: PM Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences and Mathematics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: PM Linear Algebra
7.5 ECTS-Credits: PM Analysis 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: PM Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: PM Analysis 2
7.5 ECTS-Credits: PM Mathematical Methods in Physics 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: PM Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Radiation
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Introduction to Programming for Atmospheric Sciences

Third Semester »

3.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Statistical Data Analysis
4.5 ECTS-Credits: PS Statistical Data Analysis
10.0 ECTS Credits: PM Atmospheric Dynamics and Weather Forecasting 1
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Aerosols
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Climate System
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Study of Atmospheric Sciences OR Individual Choice of Specialisation

Fourth Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Atmospheric Chemistry
15.0 ECTS-Credits: PM Atmospheric Dynamics and Weather Forecasting 2
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Cryosphere and Climate
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Climate Change
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Study of Atmospheric Sciences OR Individual Choice of Specialisation

Fifth Semester »

12.5 ECTS-Credits: PM Applied Methods
17.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Study of Atmospheric Sciences OR Individual Choice of Specialisation

Sixth Semester »

15,0 ECTS-AP: Seminar with Bachelor’s Thesis
15,0 ECTS-AP: Advanced Study of Atmospheric Sciences OR Individual Choice of Specialisation

Grafic chart »

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Detaillied recommended course schedule »

Qualification Profile and Skills 


  • have ind-epth knowledge andp ractical skills with which they can understand, analyse and predict complex interacting processes inthe earth's atmospheric system;
  • understand the theoretical basics of currents in the atmosphere and air chemistry, the numerical prediction of weather and climate and climate change
  • can evaluate and analyze data from the measuring platforms to record the state of the earth's atmosphere system on many spatiotemporal scales
  • can - with a profound understanding of the processes in the earth-atmospheric system that lead to climate change as well as the methods and results of climate projections - make a direct and critical contribution to the measures required to reduce the consequences of climate change
  • can understand, analyse and predict processes that come about through the interaction of the atmosphere with the mountains (research focus of the institute and first-hand experiences thanks to the location in the Alps)
  • are proficient in programming languages and can use skills in statistics, machine learning and data science to analyze and evaluate the huge amounts of data from the measurement and prediction of the earth-atmosphere system and other areas
  • have acquired skills in Individual Choice of Specialisation which they can use to work in an interdisciplinary way
  • can work in team and head complex projects in their specific fields

Expected Learning Outcomes 


  • understand complex, interacting processes in the earth-atmosphere system and master the tools and methods to analyse and predict them.
  • use critical-analytical thinking to solve even unknown problems
  • bare proficient in programming language (s), the language of mathematics and methods of statistics and data science and can thus familiarise themselves independently with new tools and methods

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Career entry: Graduates are qualified for tasks in private and public weather forecasting and in areas affected by weather, climate and climate change, such as the environment, energy, agriculture and forestry, transport, finance and insurance and tourism. This also includes engineering and planning offices specialising in renewable energies and energy-efficient buildings. Graduates have the necessary skills to contribute to the common good in public institutions at federal and state level in the environmental sector - air quality, hydrography, urban climate, avalanche warning services, etc. The skills in software and data science in combination with analytical thinking enable work in professional fields in which large amounts of data have to be analyzed and processed.

Further studies: The Bachelor's Programme Atmospheric Sciences prepares students for a relevant master's degree in the field of the earth-atmosphere system, e.g. atmospheric sciences, climate sciences, environmental meteorology, glaciology, atmospheric chemistry, hydrology, earth exploration.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


As part of the Bachelor’s Programme, a Minor of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the ECTS Grading Table) »

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
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors

 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors

 Performance meets the minimum cirteria

 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

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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). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Georg Mayr

Dean of Studies
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Kurt Nicolussi

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