The BSc program at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics imparts the essential basics of mathematics and physics. Students complete a comprehensive education program in theoretical and experimental meteorology, expanded by additional courses in a related subject.
Anyone who decides to study meteorology will often face the question, can you predict the weather. As you progress through your studies, however, you will become aware that there is much more to meteorology than just weather prediction.
Studying meteorology at the Institute for Atmospheric Physics includes getting familiar with a variety of physical, chemical and biological processes in the atmosphere. Our students learn about the mechanisms behind the earth's climate, severe weather, precipitation and countless further phenomena in the atmosphere.
You can start your BSc in the winter and summer semester. The BSc is offered in German with a few advanced lectures available in English to prepare students for international careers in research and industry.
As a foreign applicant, JGU requires knowledge of German on B1 level. Special preparatory courses in maths, so-called Vorkurse, equip you with all the knowledge you need to have the best starting position for your physics degree.
Meteorology is a prime example of an interdisciplinary field of study within the framework of environmental sciences. The most important discipline in meteorology becomes obvious from the second designation of the course program: atmospheric physics.
As a small institute we offer an ideal teachers-to-students ratio. Students can contact teachers any time and get familiar with the working groups more quickly than elsewhere.
Additionally, students are always welcome to take part in activities outside of lectures and exercises. There are semi-regular meetings of students in one of the many student bars in Mainz. A Christmas punch is prepared by our students each year in early December. A big barbecue in summer and traditional Christmas staff party in the winter allow exchange between students and staff in a relaxed atmosphere.
The fundamental scientific education of meteorologists allows many of them to find an employment in the field of chemical industries, aerospace, shipping, automobile development, combustion technologies, pharmacy and more. Also, studying meteorology provides relevant capabilities to handle large amounts of data, e.g. to analyse satellite data.
Meteorologists are also well received employees in the field of clean air management or environmental protection, e.g. serving as consultants during urban planning. Agrometeorologists supply advice regarding use of plant protection products such as pesticides based on their assessment of the current weather situation.
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