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About Scripps

Founded in 1903, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego is one of the most important centers for global earth science research and education in the world. With cutting-edge research programs under way on every continent and in every ocean, Scripps scientists work to understand and protect the planet by investigating our oceans, Earth, and atmosphere to find solutions to our greatest environmental challenges. Scripps leads research in climate change impacts and adaptation, resilience to hazards, conservation and biodiversity, oceans and human health, national security, and innovative technology to observe the planet. 

With an annual operating budget of $244 million, including $180 million in sponsored research, Scripps faculty is comprised of world class researchers and professors, including Nobel Prize winners and members of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering. Scripps offers unparalleled education and training for the next generation of scientific and environmental leaders, including undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. Scripps has 350 graduate students, more than 800 undergraduate majors, and 4,700 undergraduates enrolled in Scripps-taught courses. The institution operates a fleet of four oceanographic research vessels used for research and education—including R/V Sally Ride, the newest in America’s research fleet. Birch Aquarium at Scripps creates hands-on learning opportunities for nearly 500,000 guests every year, as well as earth science education for 50,000 pre-K-12 students each year.  


Scripps at a glance

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Groundbreaking research, innovation, and education since 1903

Tours are offered one Saturday each month.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Office of Naval Research stickers on equipment.

Scripps welcomes government, private, and industry collaborations