Studying at

Scripps Institution of Oceanography offers undergraduate and graduate opportunities in ocean, earth, and atmospheric sciences.


Undergraduate Education

Scripps offers degrees, minors, and undergraduate courses in earth, atmospheric, and marine sciences

Undergraduate Majors

Graduate Programs

PhD and Master’s programs combine strong academic curriculum with experience conducting cutting-edge research 

PhD Programs
Master's Programs
Master of Advanced Studies

Research Internships

Internship programs and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Research Internships

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We are here to answer your questions on our programs, applying, and more.

Why Choose Scripps


World-Renowned Faculty

Learn about Scripps' world-renowned faculty and search for potential advisors and collaborators.

Research Profiles

Alumni Network

Scripps has a strong alumni network making waves on the planet and off, as well as recruitment and networking opportunities for after you graduate

Triton Connect

Dedicated Leadership

Scripps leadership is dedicated to continued excellence, and furthering Scripps efforts to understand and protect the planet.


Student Life

Access to the Ocean

There’s more to Scripps than science. Situated on the coast in La Jolla, our campus provides ideal access to the ocean, surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and exploring all that San Diego has to offer.

Explore Our Campus

Commitment to Community

Scripps is committed to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment.

UC San Diego's Principles of Community

Vibrant Campus Life

As part of UC San Diego, those studying at Scripps have access to a rich and vibrant campus.

Student Life at UC San Diego


Labs and Facilities

Our world-class research labs and facilities equip researchers and students with the tools they need for groundbreaking research.

World-Class Research Labs and Facilities

Research Fleet

Our ship fleet provides unparalleled access to the waters off San Diego and the global oceans. Learn more about the UC Ship Funds program that provides access to time at sea.

UC Ships Fund program

Scripps Pier

Students also gain unique access to the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, one of the largest active research piers in the world. The pier supports a range of student activities, including instrument testing, small boat launches, and training for our renowned Scientific Diving Program.

Scientific Diving Program
About Scripps Pier


Hear directly from our students about their research and life at Scripps Oceanography

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Going out to sea is by far the most exciting part of my work. The deep sea is seldom sampled, so we’re never entirely sure what animals we’ll find.

Julia Chavarry   |  PhD student, biological oceanography

I really love working in the lab, spending my afternoons culturing bacteria from marine sediments and analyzing the compounds that they make.

Doug Sweeney   |  PhD student, marine biology

Right now, the most exciting thing about my work is being able to see reefs from all over the world, even if it is just virtually through images and 3D models.

Kendall Chancellor   |  PhD student, marine biology

The most exciting aspect of my work is the opportunity to learn and apply my skills simultaneously.

Anuj Jain   |  Undergraduate student, oceanic and atmospheric sciences

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The diversity of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and backgrounds among students, faculty, and staff at Scripps Institution of Oceanography strengthens our institution and our mission.

Meet the members of our EDI team

UC San Diego
by Numbers

UC San Diego is a rich, collaborative environment powered by bright minds dedicated to making a difference.

UCSD Campus Profile

Ranked 4th in the U.S. among public research institutions for "high-quality science," based on research publications in highly selective science journals in 2019.

Nature Index

Ranked 1st in the United States and 4th worldwide in earth and environmental research


Ranked 1st as the best public university in the nation for social mobility, research and public service.

Washington Monthly, 2019

Over $1 Billion in Annual Research Funding

39,633 Total Campus enrollment (as of Fall 2019)

161 National Academy memberships held by current and emeriti faculty

16 Nobel Laureates have taught at UC San Diego


Ranked Among Top 10 LGBTQ-Friendly Universities in the Nation

UC San Diego occupies 1,200 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean


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