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Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Sciences

The Scripps Research Institute's Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary program that provides rigorous training in chemistry, chemical biology, biology, neurosciences, immunology, cell biology, chemical physiology, and biophysics. When students matriculate into the Graduate Program, they do not join a department. Students have access to the entire curriculum and the entire faculty affiliated with the school regardless of the faculty member’s department. This approach allows students to be broadly trained and emphasizes the creation of basic knowledge in the biosciences.


The central mission of TSRI's Graduate Program is to train the next generation of scientists at the interface of biological and chemical sciences for productive careers in the global economy.

Program Learning Objectives

The Learning Objectives of TSRI's Graduate Program are:

  1. Equip graduate students with new and expanded scientific knowledge and laboratory techniques;
  2. Strengthen students’ critical thinking and scientific communication skills through innovative curricula, cutting-edge research, program activities and campus workshops and seminars;
  3. Support and develop students’ personal and professional skills;
  4. Develop students’ ability to generate ideas and methodologies to answer some of the world's most perplexing scientific questions through multidisciplinary scientific collaborations.

One Program, Two Campuses

Students may study, conduct research, and attend research seminars and professional development workshops on either of Scripps’ campuses: La Jolla, California and Jupiter, Florida. The latest broadcasting technology and pedagogical tools are employed to ensure connectivity, communication, and interaction between students and faculty on the two campuses.

Interdisciplinary Approach

A key feature of TSRI’s Graduate Program is the ability to completely customize your experience across conventional boundaries. Entering students can customize their curriculum to consist of specific courses aligned with their interests. Students can also customize the focus of their thesis research to gain exposure to any discipline of their choosing.

For example, a TSRI student with interests in both chemical biology and neuroscience need not decide which department or program to join because no such barriers exist. Through custom curriculum, students can choose courses spanning both disciplines. In thoughtfully selecting lab rotations, students can begin their graduate studies by gaining laboratory experience in both research areas. Finally, by customizing their thesis research focus, students can combine both research approaches by working in one or two labs specializing in these areas. Graduate students at TSRI have complete flexibility to create a program that meets their interests and career goals.

Explore these program components in greater detail by clicking on the links in the left menu.