B.Sc. On Campus

Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences

University of California, San Diego

48 months
44487 USD/year
44487 USD/year
14733 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Undergraduates in the Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences major at the University of California, San Diego will develop an understanding of the fundamental physics and chemistry governing the ocean and atmosphere.


About this Degree

The major engages students in a wide range of topics of scientific interest and increasing social concern including ocean waves, tides, and circulation, natural climate variability including El Niño, human-caused climate change, global warming, ocean acidification, atmospheric storms, oceanic eddies.

Students at the University of California, San Diego will acquire the tools to address these topics through basic knowledge of the fluid dynamics and chemical principles relevant to the ocean and atmosphere. Drawing on the expertise at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), the curriculum includes modern approaches to data collection in the ocean and atmosphere, and the analysis of the resulting big data sets.

The oceanic and atmospheric sciences curriculum takes advantage of the unique opportunities at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Classes beyond the introductory level are usually small, permitting personalized instruction, but with access to the resources of a large research university. There are abundant opportunities for undergraduates to work alongside faculty, staff and graduate students on research applications, both observational and theoretical.  The major is interdisciplinary by nature and has close connections to courses and research applications in physics, chemistry, engineering, earth sciences, and environmental systems.

A degree in Oceanic and Atmospheric 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 and consulting, ocean sciences, industrial institutions, elementary or secondary education, environmental policy, or environmental law. Program advisers and faculty can provide additional information on career and graduate school opportunities. 

Programme Structure


  • Physical Oceanography
  • Physics of the Atmosphere
  • Chemistry of the Ocean and Atmosphere
  • The Physical Basis of Global Warming
  • Chemical Principles of Marine Systems
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Climate
  • Analysis of Oceanic and Atmospheric Data

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.

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

    44487 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 44487 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    44487 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 44487 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    14733 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14733 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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