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Bachelor's Programme Atmospheric Sciences

As of winter semester 2021/2022 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding master’s programme please consult this page »

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 (2010W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates

* 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.

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

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) starting winter term 2016 »

(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.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until december 2015

(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.

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 »

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

Second Semester »

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

Third Semester »

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

Fourth Semester »

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

Fifth Semester »

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

Sixth semester »

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

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Bachelor's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

Detailed recommended course schedule

Qualification Profile and Skills 

The goal of the Bachelor’s Programme Atmospheric Sciences is to provide graduates in-depth knowledge for occupational opportunities in this field. The bachelor’s programme offers a comprehensive insight into the aspects and processes of atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and lithosphere. In combination with the two other bachelor’s programmes at the Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences, the fundamentals of geo- and atmospheric sciences are imparted. The bachelor’s programmes at the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics convey the fundamental mathematical principles to describe the processes of atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and lithosphere. Students acquire a broad basic knowledge in meteorology, atmospheric physics, climate, climate change, glaciology and hydrology. Due to the location of the University of Innsbruck in the midst of the Alps, the reference to the mountain region is a major issue of the education. The programme fosters „atmospheric thinking“: Complex scientific connections in terms of space and time are based on mathematical and physical principles, and the most important processes are to be identified, elaborated and comprehended. With the bachelor’s thesis, students are able to independently elaborate, document and present selected issues in the field of atmospheric sciences.

Expected Learning Outcomes 

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments in the fields of atmospheric sciences and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Bachelor’s Programme Atmospheric Sciences prepares students for a relevant master’s programme as well as careers beyond the academic area. Occupational fields of graduates are in private and public weather forecasting, relevant economic fields (environment, energy, traffic, finance and insurance, consulting, tourism), the environmental sector and specialized engineering and planning offices.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

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

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). 

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
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Gertraud Meißl

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