Undergraduate Students

We Prepare Engineers for Careers in the Medical and Biological Engineering Industries




















Welcome to the undergraduate educational programs of the UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering! Since 1966, UC San Diego has offered an undergraduate major in Bioengineering. Over the past fifty years, UC San Diego Bioengineering has established a reputation of innovation and excellence in education.

Bioengineering is an interdisciplinary field in which the principles and tools of mechanical, materials, electrical, and chemical engineering are applied to biomedical and biological problems. Bioengineering plays an important role in medicine in projects that range from basic research in physiology to advances in biotechnology and the improvement of health care delivery in the clinic. By its very nature, bioengineering is broad and requires a foundation in mathematics as well as in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences.

Mission Statement 

The mission of all engineering programs at UC San Diego is to

  • Educate Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders
  • Conduct Leading Edge Research and Drive Innovation
  • Transfer Discoveries for the Benefit of Society

In addition, the mission for UC San Diego’s Department of Bioengineering is to provide our students with an excellent education that enables successful, innovative, and lifelong careers in bioengineering industries and professions.

Educational Objectives 

Program Educational Objectives are to provide our students with a modern bioengineering education, consisting of:

1.  depth, breadth, and creativity in the central areas of bioengineering; its underlying sciences and related technologies;

2.  effective skills that facilitate bioengineering practice, communication in multi-disciplinary teams, continued professional advancement, and adaptation to rapid technological change that will enable them to become technology leaders and innovators;

3.  the ability to deal knowledgeably and ethically with the impact of technology in our society, including professional and social responsibilities on health-related issues. 

These Educational Objectives were established based on feedback from constituencies of the UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering, current students, alumni, and industry partners.

Student Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the Bioengineering Program, graduates in Bioengineering; Bioengineering: Biotechnology; Bioengineering: BioSystems; and Bioengineering: Bioinformatics are expected to have the desired knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors as indicated below.

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. 
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which mush consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. 
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment , establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives. 
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions. 
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. 
  • An ability to develop innovative thinking to solve bioengineering problems with creativity and entrepreneurship. 

As indicated above, the UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering has an educational mission and targeted outcomes for its undergraduate major programs.  Four undergraduate majors are available to current students, entering students, freshmen, and transfer students applying to enter in Fall 2019:

·      Bioengineering (B.S.) – accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org (capped)

·      Bioengineering: Biotechnology (B.S.) – accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org (capped)

·      Bioengineering: Bioinformatics (B.S.) – not accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org (capped)

·      Bioengineering: BioSystems (B.S.)  -- accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org (capped)

Enrollment & Degrees Conferred


Dept & Major

Fall 2019 Enrollment

‘18/'19 Degrees Conferred

BENG Total






Bioengineering: Biotechnology



Bioengineering: Bioinformatics



Bioengineering: BioSystems





For questions regarding undergraduate advising, please contact our office via email at be-uginfo@bioeng.ucsd.edu if you are a prospective student and through the Virtual Advising Center via TritonLink if you are a current student. Questions sent through email by current students will not be answered.

The Bioengineering undergraduate advising office is by appointment only Mondays and Fridays, with walk-in appointments available on Tuesdays - Thursdays. Hours are from 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon and 1:00 - 3:30 PM. Please request appointments through the Virtual Advising Center located under the "Advising and Grades" tab via TritonLink. Please give at least two days and times you are available so you may be scheduled.

***Please note: During the first two weeks of each quarter, advising hours are walk-ins only.***

The Student Affairs Advising Office is located in Rm 141 of the Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall.