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Introduction

Within the PEP/Wahlfach Umweltphysik programme there is a general curriculum that covers two years and a total of four semesters. Depending on the programme you are participating in (M.Sc. Environmental Physics, M.Sc. Physik mit Wahlfach Umweltphysik, Certificate Environmental Physics, Ph.D. Preparatory Study) you need to successfully complete a sub-set of the offered lectures. See Programme Requirements for more details on what lectures you have to take.

  • General 2-year lecture plan
  • Programme requirements (Certificate, M.Sc., PhD)
  • List of Special Topics and seminars

General requirements

The requirements vary according to the programme you are in. All courses finish with an examination (oral or written) and are graded. For students in the M.Sc. Physik Wahlfach Umweltphysik other rules apply (see below). The following tables list the requirements for the various study programmes offered:

General 2-year lecture plan

The following tables show the general scheme of the lectures in a two year programme.

1st semester (October- February)
Module area 1 (1st part): Basics
Atmospheric Physics 6 CP 2h lecture, 2h example class
Physical Oceanography 6 CP 2h lecture, 2h example class
Soil Physics 3 CP 1h lecture, 1h example class
Atmospheric Chemistry I 6 CP 2h lecture, 2h example class
Module area 2 (1st part): Theoretical Basics
Inverse Methods and Data Analysis 6 CP 2h lecture, 2h example class
Dynamics I 6 CP 2h lecture, 2h example class
2nd semester (April - July)
Module area 1 (2nd part): Basics
Climate System I 4 CP 2h lecture, 1h example class
Module area 2 (2nd part): Theoretical Basics
Dynamics II 4 CP 2h lecture, 1h example class
Module area 3: Experimental Techniques
Remote Sensing I 4 CP 2h lecture, 1h example class
Measurement Techniques 6 CP 4h laboratory, 1h lecture
Module area 4: Advanced Environmental Physics
Special Topics 3 CP each 1h lecture, 1h example class
3rd semester
Module area 4: Advanced Environmental Physics
Special Topics 3 CP each 1h lecture, 1h example class
Module area 5: Research in Environmental Physics
Pro-Seminar on Presentation Techniques in Environmental Physics 3 CP 2h PS
Preparatory Project (thesis paper) 18 CP Research work in Environmental Physics (12 weeks)
Other lectures/courses
Seminars (recommended)   2h
Certificate Thesis (optional) 15 CP 12 weeks
4th semester
Module 6: Final Module
Master Thesis (incl. colloquium) 30 CP Research work in Environmental Physics (24 weeks)
Other lectures/courses
Seminars (recommended)   2h

Overview of the various study programmes offered:

Programme Total CP Duration
M.Sc. programme 120 CP 4 semesters thesis included (30 CP)
Certificate programme 60 CP 2-3 semesters (15 CP for thesis optional)
Wahlfach Umweltphysik 10 semester week hours 2 semesters

Special requirements for M.Sc. Students Wahlfach Umweltphysik:

Students may select from the courses offered for our programme. According to the Examination Regulations for MSc Physics, they have to obtain 15 CP in two semesters; 9 CP in the winter semester and 6 CP in the summer semester.

In the winter term, 6 semester week hours have to be taken. Students have to select from the following list:

  • Aerosol and Radiative Aspects in Clouds
  • Atmospheric Chemistry I
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Cloud Physics
  • Dynamics I
  • Global Carbon Cycle
  • Inverse Methods and Data Analysis
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Soil Physics
  • IUP Seminar on Environmental Physics

In the summer term, 4 semester week hours have to be taken. Students have to select from the following list:

  • Atmospheric Chemistry II
  • Climate System I
  • Dynamics II
  • Environmental Radioactivity
  • General Meteorology
  • Physical Oceanography II
  • Remote Sensing I
  • Statistics and Error Analysis
  • Seminar on Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere
  • Seminar on Physical Oceanography

The attendance of the example classes in the summer term is required and helpful; taking the exams is mandatory.

List of special topics and seminars

Here you find a selection of special topics and seminars that have been offered in past and current semesters. This list is not complete, but shall give you an idea of the range of themes within the study programme.

Courses Lectures (L) /
Example Classes (EC) /
Seminars (S)
ECTS Lecturers
Aerosol and Radiative Aspects in Clouds L + EC 3 Vountas / Lelli
Atmospheric Chemistry II L + EC 3 Ladstätter-Weißenmayer
Chemistry and Dynamics of the Ozone Layer block course 3 B.-M. Sinnhuber
Climate II L + EC 3 Lohmann / Werner
Cloud Physics L + EC 3 Blechschmidt
Digital Image Processing L + EC 3 Melsheimer / Spreen
Environmental Radioactivity L + EC 3 Fischer
General Meteorology L + EC 3 Lelli
Global Carbon Cycle L + EC 3 Völker
Instrumental Techniques for Environmental Measurements L + EC 3 Vrekoussis
Mathematical Modeling L + EC 3 Thoms
Microwave Remote Sensing L + EC 3 Melsheimer / Spreen
Molecular Physics L + EC 3 Notholt
Ocean Optics and Ocean Color Remote Sensing L + EC 3 Bracher / Palm
Physical Oceanography II L + EC 3 Rhein
Polar Oceanography L + EC 3 Kanzow
Practical Data Analysis with Python L + EC 3 Hilboll
Statistics and Error Analysis L + Ec 3 Schlitzer
Climate Sciences Seminar S 2 Lohmann
IUP Seminar on Environmental Physics S 3 Burrows / Notholt / Rhein / Ladstätter-Weißenmayer / Vrekoussis
Seminar on Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere S 3 Burrows / Notholt / Ladstätter-Weißenmayer / Vrekoussis
Seminar on Physical Oceanography S 3 Rhein
Seminar on Radioactivity and Radiation Protection S 3 Fischer
Seminar on Remote Sensing S 3 Richter / Ladstätter-Weißenmayer / Vrekoussis
       
Former courses:  
Abrupt Climate Change: Modelling and Theory Lohmann
An Introduction to Global Atmospheric Modeling Eyring
Atmospheric Transport and Ozone Chemistry Weber
Climate of the Past Werner
Cloud Physics Wacker
Data Handling and Statistical Tests Kirchner
History of Atmospheric Science von Savigny
Infrared Remote Sensing Petersen
Optimal Estimation Palm
Paleoclimatology Werner
Passive Optical Remote Sensing von Savigny
Physics of Polar Ice Core Records Hörhold
Predictability of Weather and Climate Jung
Seminar on Physics and Chemistry of the Mesosphere von Savigny / Palm / M. Sinnhuber
Terrestrial Environmental Physics Kirchner
The Upper Atmosphere Winkler