Name of qualification

Bachelor of Science

ECTS Credits

Three years of full-time study, where the normal workload for a full-time student is 60 credits for one academic year.



Language of Instruction




Objectives and content

Meteorology and oceanography is the bachelor's program for you who want to use mathematics and physics to describe weather, ocean currents and climate change. Through modern natural sciences, you acquire skills sought after in today's labor market, from consulting companies, via green innovation and public administration, to research and education. This is how you can contribute to solving challenges related to climate change, extreme weather, greenhouse gases, ocean acidification and global warming. The study combines meteorology and oceanography, the science of the atmosphere and the ocean. You will learn to code for the exploration of physical, chemical and statistical relationships, and you will have the opportunity to participate in field work where you collect measurement data, e.g., with research vessels or the use of drones. Coding and work with observations is linked to topics such as radiation, thermodynamics, microphysics, fluid dynamics, circulation in the ocean and atmosphere, and the interaction between these. This is the basis for, among other things, improving weather forecasting, ocean monitoring, and predicting the climate in the future, including the effect of climate measures.

Required Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the candidate should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

  • has an overview of the climate system and how the various components affect teach other
  • can describe how the earth's rotation affects large-scale wind and current systems in the ocean and atmosphere
  • can describe the basic principles of thermodynamics, radiation, microphysics and dynamics
  • has an overview of the most common measuring instruments for the ocean and atmosphere and can discuss relevant sources of error
  • can describe processes on different time scales from meteorological events to climate variation


The candidate

  • can use mathematical physical and chemical principles to make calculations of processes that control weather, oceans and climate.
  • can carry out basic meteorological and oceanographic observations in the field and the laboratory
  • can use coding and programming tools for statistical and numerical analysis of observations and model data
  • can use scientific methods to analyze, interpret and present professional issues

General competence

The candidate

  • can reflect on central, ethical and scientific issues within the area of the subject
  • can use precise professional language in oral and written communication
  • can plan and implement projects independently and in collaboration with others
  • can obtain information from speialist literature and other sources and evaluate these critically

Admission Requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification with Science (REALR2)

Introductory Courses

Examen philosophicum (EXPHIL-MNSEM/EXPHIL-MNEKS), math (MAT111) and GEOF100

Compulsory units

These courses are compulsory:

Examen philosophicum, MAT111, INF100.

Requirements for the Bachelor's degree in meteorology and oceanography is a specialization of 90 credit points consisting of the following courses:

MAT112, MAT121, MAT131, PHYS111, GEOF105, GEOF110, GEOF210 and 10 credits from the course:

MAT212, KJEM110 and 10 credits from courses:

GEOF211, GEOF212, GEOF232, GEOF236 (the later for qualification to Master)


Recommended study plan for autumn 2024:

1. semester: MAT111, GEOF100, INF100

2. semester: MAT112,MAT121, PHYS111

3. semester: GEOF105, MAT212/KJEM110, elective course


5. semester: GEOF210, GEOF212/elective course, GEOF236/elective course

6. semester: GEOF232/elective course, GEOF211/elective course, elective course

Recommended electives

The following courses are recommended electives in the programme:
GEOF100, GEOF211, GEOF212, GEOF232, GEOF236, MAT160, MAT212, MAT213, MAT236, MAT252, MAT253, MAT261, MAT260, INF102, INF264, KJEM110, PHYS113, PHYS264, STAT110, STAT200, SDG213, GEOV298, VIT212

Elective courses should be selected in relation to the planned Master. Some Master's programs have specific academic entry requirements. Up to 10 credits at the 300-level may be included in the elective part of the Bachelor's degree.

The students may choose other courses.

Sequential Requirements, courses

The recommended sequence of the courses in the programme can be found under heading "Specialization".

Study period abroad

The programme committee has made adaption for students who want to take parts of the study at the University Centre at Svalbard or abroad during their fifth and/or sixth Semester of their Bachelor's studies.

On the Bachelor's program in meteorology and oceanography, we also have selected partner universities where the subject offerings are a particularly good fit. This also applies to stays at UNIS. The stay abroad/stay at UNIS is integrated into the degree. Students who wish to take classes outside the department must apply to the department at the program board for approval for a study program at the teaching place. See http://www.uib.no/utdanning/48724/reise-p%C3%A5-utveksling for more information.

Teaching and learning methods

A combination of teaching and learning methods is used in the various courses, including lectures, hands-on laboratory, field campaigns and cruises. You may find more information in the course description.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods are written reports, written and oral examination. The assessment methods for each course are described in the course description.

Grading scale

At UiB the grades are given in one of two possible grading scales: passed/failed and A to F.
The grading scale for each course is given in the course description.

Diploma and Diploma supplement

The Diploma, in Norwegian, and the Diploma Supplement, in English, will be issued when the degree is completed.

Access to further studies

Bachelor's degrees give admission to a master's programme within relevant discipline.


With a bachelor's degree in Meteorology and Oceanography, you are in demand in the knowledge- and innovation-based working life. You can make a career in everything from consulting companies, via green innovation and public administration, to research and education. It is usually good to have built on it with one of our associated master's programs. Candidates with solid knowledge in mathematics, physics and coding are in short supply in the job market. In our study programs, this is combined with expertise in the natural conditions that surround us - weather, ocean and climate, which are the basis for the management of resources, industry and associated technology use. Your education is thus decisive for future value creation and sustainability in society.


The programme will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Programme committee

The programme committee is responsible for the academic content, the structure and the quality of the programme.

Administrative responsibility

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the Geophysical Department holds the administrative responsibility for the programme.

Contact information

Please contact the academic adviser for the programme if you have any questions: