48 months
46326 USD/year
46326 USD/year
13752 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California, San Diego offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary curricula in the Earth Sciences. Students can do a major in Earth Sciences or specialize in Earth Sciences within another major (i.e. Physics, Environmental Systems).


About this Degree

Earth sciences encompass broad scientific study of the origin and evolution of the earth system and its life forms. The Earth Sciences major at the University of California, San Diego embraces a wide range of topics, including the physical and chemical evolution of the planet, the evolution of life, the causes of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, earth-surface processes, the origin and behavior of oceans and atmosphere, and the impact of humans on the environment.

Earth science investigations are increasingly quantitative and experimental, and thus most upper-division courses require a strong foundation in chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

The Earth Sciences curriculum takes advantage of the unique opportunities offered by Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Classes beyond introductory level are usually small, permitting personalized instruction. Field trips are an important part of the instructional program.

Earth sciences students are encouraged to consult with their instructors about incorporating appropriate courses and research opportunities at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography into their undergraduate curriculum.

A degree in earth sciences is an appropriate start for a broad range of career and graduate school opportunities in various areas, including research, government, state and federal survey jobs, environmental management, the petroleum and mining industries, consulting, ocean sciences, industrial institutions, elementary or secondary education, environmental policy, or environmental law. Program advisors and faculty can provide additional information on career and graduate school opportunities.

Programme Structure


  • Field Methods
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • History of Life
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Computational Earth Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions
  • Official high school transcript
  • Essay
  • Academic Letter of Recommendation
  • Application fee of $55

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    46326 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 46326 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    46326 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 46326 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    13752 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13752 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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