High school students should apply to UCSD for direct admission into the Bioengineering: Biotechnology major by indicating Bioengineering: Biotechnology as their “FIRST CHOICE” of major on the UC Undergraduate Admission Application. These students will be notified directly by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools whether they have been admitted into their desired major, based on admissions criteria and their ranking in the applicant pool. The only way for a student to become a Bioengineering: Biotechnology major as a freshman at UCSD is to be directly admitted from high school at the time of entrance into UCSD.
The application of physicochemical principles and biochemical technologies to benefit human health. Courses include thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, bioreactors, biotransport, bioseparations, tissue engineering, biochemistry, metabolism and cellular physiology, and engineering design. Emphasis on technologies based on molecules, cells and tissues. The program prepares graduates for jobs in the biochemical and pharmaceutical industries or for further education in medical or graduate schools.