Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate students in a Paleo Biology class on the beach in front of Hubbs Hall.


Undergraduate Majors and Minors

As a department of UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography offers degrees, minors, and more than 45 undergraduate courses covering a breadth of earth and marine sciences on a variety of different levels.

There are several introductory classes for non-majors, as well as upper-division courses intended for students in natural science majors. In addition to formal coursework, dozens of undergraduates benefit each year from individual and group research projects with Scripps faculty and researchers.

BS/MS Contiguous Program

The BS/MS Program is a rigorous and streamlined track leading to Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS). The program is available to UC San Diego undergraduates enrolled in majors at Scripps Institution of Oceanography or related fields.

Scripps Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate student researchers are given the opportunity each year to showcase their research projects.

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is available to a select number of UC San Diego undergraduates who have demonstrated excellence in the Marine Biology, Earth Sciences, or Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences majors.

Independent Research (SIO 199)

UC San Diego undergraduate students have the opportunity to gain academic credit while working with Scripps faculty on current research and projects.


Check out some of the summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs offered at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


Related Programs



These programs are active during the academic year and allow students an opportunity to obtain valuable research-oriented academic or professional preparation in virtually any academic major. Some programs also include opportunities for funding.

Instructional Improvement Grant Program

Scripps Undergraduate Instructional Improvement Grants support projects and innovations in undergraduate education at Scripps.


Student Resources



  • Advising is available via VAC and Zoom, see Contact Us section below for more information


Contact Us

Current UCSD Students:

Please submit your questions via the VAC. An advisor will respond to you within 1-3 business days.

Zoom Advising

Available Appointment Times: Monday - Thursday: 10:00AM - 11:30AM & 1:30PM - 3:00PM

Email a Scripps advisor and include your PID, brief description and 3 appointment times that work for you. An advisor will contact you to confirm your appointment time. All petitions and forms should also be sent to a Scripps advisor via email.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Undergraduate Advisors

Sid Eads - Student Affairs Coordinator

Phone: 858-822-4604 / Email: sleads@ucsd.edu

Karla Vega - Student Affairs Coordinator

Phone: 858-534-8157 / Email: k3vega@ucsd.edu