The course applies the laws of physics and chemistry to understand the atmosphere’s structure, composition and energy balance. Knowledge concerning thermodynamics, atoms and molecules, radiation and chemistry is the starting point for describing processes that govern weather and climate. Focus is on understanding the physics and chemistry underlying the atmosphere’s thermal structure, the greenhouse effect, and important chemical cycles.

Admittance requirements

Bachelor's degree in Physics, Oceanography, or a Bachelor in Natural Sciences containing at least 90 HECs in Physics and Mathematics, including at least 30 HECs Mathematics and 30 HECs Physics. Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B.


Schedule Autumn semester 2020

Course literature

Wallace, J. M. and Hobbs, P.V.: Athmospheric Sciences, An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition, Academic Press, 2006.


Course material

Grading criteria, course literature and other material and correspondence related to the course will be available at the course Athena-site at or you can ask the responsible lecturer.

Upcoming courses

Starts during the first half of the autumn semester.


Via (Swedish) or (English). For more information see Application and admissions.