Mission and Quick Facts

Mission Statement

The Scripps mission is to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment.

Quick Facts

1903 Founded as San Diego Marine Biological Station
1912 Scripps joins the University of California
1925 Renamed Scripps Institution of Oceanography
1960 Scripps becomes a department within the University of California, San Diego



3 Nobel Prize winners
17 National Academy of Sciences members
2 National Academy of Engineering members


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Research Funding

$195M Research expenditures (FY 2013-14)


Active Research Awards

(as of 2016)

156 Department of Defense
10 Department of Energy
59 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
11 National Institutes of Health
3 National Institute of Standards and Technology
72 National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
126 National Science Foundation
3 United States Geological Survey
16 Other federal
69 Private
25 State of California
1 City of San Diego



2 Research vessels, plus 1 Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP)
1 New Navy-owned, Scripps-operated research vessel: R/V Sally Ride, operating in mid-2016
306  Days at sea in 2015 for R/V Roger Revelle


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Educational Programs

  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography Ph.D. Program
  • Earthquake Science and Applied Geophysics joint Doctoral Programs with San Diego State University
  • Concurrent Ph.D./M.B.A. Program
  • Master of Science 
  • Master of Advanced Studies 
  • Earth Sciences Undergraduate Major 
  • Marine Biology Undergraduate Major 
  • Marine Science Undergraduate Minor
  • K-12 and informal educational outreach at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps


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New Infrastructure at Scripps

  • Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling (MESOM) Laboratory; completed 2013 (LEED Platinum certified)
  • Seaweed Canyon Research Support Facility; completed 2014
  • Renovated Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), Building D; construction planned for 2015


New Partner Buildings on Scripps Campus

  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration SWFSC Replacement Building; completed 2013
  • J. Craig Venter Institute; completed 2014



Please note: data below is updated in real time
308Graduate Students
7UCSD Affiliate PhDs
9Professors Adjunct
98Postdoctoral Scholars
87Other Academics
5Research Professionals
23Project Scientists
13Academic Coordinators/Administrators
37Research Associates