The Scripps PhD program is organized into three separate academic programs: the Climate-Ocean-Atmosphere Program; Geosciences of the Earth, Oceans, and Planets; and the Ocean Biosciences Program. Each of these programs is responsible for all graduate educational activities in its area, including teaching, advising, and examining. Prospective PhD students will apply directly to one or more of the academic programs.
A graduate student's work normally will be concentrated in one of several curricular groups under one of the academic programs:
Climate-Ocean-Atmosphere Curricular Groups:
Geosciences of the Earth, Oceans, and Planets Curricular Groups:
Ocean Biosciences Curricular Groups:
General Requirements for Admission
Candidates for admission should have a bachelor's (BS) or master's degree in one of the physical, biological, or earth sciences; in some cases a degree in mathematics or engineering science is accepted.
A scholastic average of B or better (3.0) in upper-division courses, or prior graduate study, is required.
The student's preparation should include:
1. Mathematics through differential and integral calculus.
2. Physics, one year with laboratory (the course should stress the fundamentals of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and thermodynamics, and should use calculus in its exposition).
3. Chemistry, one year with laboratory.
4. An additional year of physics, chemistry, or mathematics.
All applicants are required to submit scores from the general test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) All international applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate education was conducted in a language other than English must take the TOEFL and submit their test scores to the UC San Diego Office of Graduate Admissions.