The bachelor program "Meteorology", which is hosted by the Institute of Meteorology and has a prescribed period of study of 6 semesters, will award the degree Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) to the student, if completed successfully. The language of instruction is German.
The following information pertains to the Study and Examination Regulations of 2012 (valid for the study period starting with the winter semester 2012/13).
The bachelor program Meteorology conveys to students knowledge and skills which serve to successfully improve short, medium and long term weather prediction and to regionally analyze, diagnose and predict natural and anthropogenic climate fluctuations.
Concretely students acquire the skills for the mathematical and natural scientific examination and analysis of meteorological issues with the aim of predicting processes within the atmosphere including interdependencies with other parts of the climate system.
The bachelor program conveys the basics of Meteorology with key skills, while contemporaneously imparting a practice- and occupation-related implementation of scientific knowledge through courses in statistics and programming.
At the end of the program students will be able to independently and efficiently familiarize themselves with meteorological topics and to plan, execute, document and finish a meteorological work project in a goal-oriented manner.
Holders of a bachelor's degree in meteorology will therefore have at their command knowledge and skills which qualify both for an immediate entry into professional life and for application for a consecutive master's program or one outside one's subject area.
The bachelor's program encompasses 180 credit points (abbr. LP) and conveys basic knowledge of the subject and related methods of Meteorology. The program subdivides into modules of the core subject including the bachelor's thesis with accompanying colloquium (145 LP), modules of affine areas of study (5 LP) and modules of the General Professional Skills Courses including professional practical training (30 LP).
I. Core subject (145 LP)
The core subject subdivides into the following four areas of study and the Bachelor's thesis:
1. „Synoptic meteorolgy/Climatology“ (40 LP)
2. „Physics/Dynamics“ (53 LP)
3. „Mathematics“ (24 LP)
4. „Statistics/Programming“ (16 LP)
The individual modules of the areas of study and module sequences are listed
in the current Study and Examination Regulations of 2012 here (in German only).
In the first three semesters the focus of studying lies on physics and mathematics. Here an analytical and methodological basis for the quantitative analysis and prediction of different atmospheric processes and their interdependencies with other components of the terrestrial system is established which will be learned in the following semesters. Then, in addition and embedded in the General Professional Skills courses, the professional practical training and subject-related additional qualifications will be completed.
5. Bachelorarbeit (12 LP)
By submitting their Bachelor's thesis as conclusion to their studies students demonstrate that they can apply the competencies and experiences obtained during their course of study within an indicated period of time. In order to demonstrate their ability to do so they work on a selected problem in the field of Meteorology autonomously - but under supervision - according to scholarly methods and standards and present their findings in an appropriate manner.
II. Affine areas of study (5 LP)
The affine areas of study broaden students' scientific spectre.
The individual modules of this area of study are listed in the current
Study and Examination Regulations of 2012 here (in German only).
III. General professional skills courses (abbr. ABV) (30 LP)
This area of study contains the following parts:
· professional practical training
· modules out of six spheres of competence
General information about ABV in Bachelor study programs at Free University Berlin
This area provides a broadened scientific education beyond students' respective fields of study and offers to teach skills both vital to occupational and to scholarly advancement. Furthermore it offers a chance to apply already apprehended knowledge in an environment related to professional activity.
Study and examination regulations, study plans
Contents and qualificational goals of individual modules are regulated in the study and examination regulations.
The Bachelor program's structure is illustrated additionally by the exemplary study plans.
Both are to be found here (in German only).
- Application deadline
15th of July (term of exclusion)
- Prerequisites for admission
- Higher education entrance qualification ("allgemeine Hochschulreife")
It is recommended to take the preparatory course in mathematics before the start of semester.
- Tuition fees
Fees to be paid during the course of study you find under matriculation fees.
General information and adresses regarding your application you find here.
For all study programs of the Geographical Sciences (including areas of concentration) departmental academic advising is offered by lecturers. Additionally academic advising and support from students for students (mainly for beginners) ist offered by the mentors. Contact to lecturers and mentors here.
Potential areas of occupation are listed under § 2 in the current Study and Examination Regulations of 2011 here.
For executive positions or an occupation in research and teaching a Master's degree or the conferral of a doctorate are required.