Marine Biology at UCSD

Dive deep into the content of this course in one of the most fitting physical environments - on the campus of UCSD

Program Highlights

Study the ocean environment including the various types of marine ecosystems and diverse marine life found within.
Explore various marine vertebrates and invertebrates and their anatomy through hands-on dissections and field activities.
Develop skills to monitor and assess the health and biodiversity of marine ecosystems, including sampling methods, data analysis, and interpretation.
Learn about various human and natural factors threatening our oceans and marine life today, as well as current and prospective conservation efforts.
Meet with various professionals within the field to learn about the various paths and research opportunities you can pursue as a marine biologist.

Residential Tuition:

Commuter Tuition:

+$250 Tuition Supplement


Session 1:
June 30, 2024 July 12, 2024

Session 2:
July 14, 2024 July 26, 2024

Session 3:
July 28, 2024 August 9, 2024 Session Full - Waitlist only


UC San Diego
San Diego, CA

Course Overview

There’s no better place to study Marine Biology this summer than with Summer Springboard on the campus of UC San Diego. All within minutes of campus, The Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Birch Aquarium, La Jolla Tide Pools and Underwater Park, San Diego-Scripps Coastal State Marine Conservation Area, and Scripps Coastal Reserve – to name just a few – make this the ideal location for practical exposure and hands-on learning possibilities for our students. Summer Springboard students will be able to dive deep into the content of this course in one of the most fitting physical environments – on the campus of UCSD, a university known for its ocean and earth science research and education.

Meet your instructor

Fernanda Urrutia

Marine Biology UC San Diego

Fernanda Urrutia is a highly motivated marine ecologist and environmentalist with a strong interest in marine mammal conservation issues. Currently, Fernanda is a Marine Biology PhD candidate at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, where she focuses her research on the molecular ecology of fin whales in the North Pacific.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

At our UCSD campus, possible course excursions include whale watching, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography Birch Aquarium and tidepooling, Scripps Experimental Aquarium, Scripps Marine Biodiversity Center, SDSU's Coastal and Marine Institute, tidepooling along the La Jolla Shores, and more.

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program