Undergrad Degree Programs

Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/ 

The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is an organization with a mission of serving the public through promotion, innovation, and advancement of quality education in fields including technology and engineering. ABET’s strategic plans include accreditation of educational programs and provides assurance that a program meets the quality standards in the profession for which the program prepares graduates to enter a global workforce. At UC San Diego, Bioengineering (BS), Bioengineering: Biotechnology(BS), and Bioengineering: BioSystems (BS) have a relatively heavy emphasis on engineering, whereas Bioengineering: Bioinformatics (BS) has a relatively heavy emphasis on basic sciences.

Bioengineering (BS) accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/ 

Bioengineering: Biotechnology (BS) accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/ 

Bioengineering: BioSystems (BS) accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/ 

Bioengineering: Bioinformatics (BS) NOT accredited 

 

WASC Accreditation

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is the regional organization providing umbrella accreditation for UC San Diego through its Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. UC San Diego has been accredited by WASC since 1964.

 

Department & Major

Fall 2020 Enrollment

2019/2020 Degrees Conferred

BENG Total

612

152

Bioengineering

185

47

Bioengineering: Biotechnology

228

54

Bioengineering: Bioinformatics

108

19

Bioengineering: BioSystems

91

32

 

 

IMPORTANT! PROSPECTIVE FRESHMEN OR TRANSFER STUDENTS WHO WANT TO APPLY TO ANY MAJORS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOENGINEERING -PLEASE NOTE THAT A CRITICAL FACTOR IS TO BE SURE THAT YOU LIST THE “CAPPED” MAJOR AS YOUR “FIRST CHOICE” ON THE UC UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS APPLICATION.

EFFECTIVE FALL 2014:  What it Means if a Major is in “Capped” Status in the Department of Bioengineering:

Entering Freshmen

As an entering Freshman, if you either apply but are not accepted into the "capped" Bioengineering (BS), Bioengineering: Biotechnology (BS); Bioengineering: Bioinformatics (BS) or Bioengineering: Biosystems (BS)  major directly from high school, OR if you didn't initially apply to one of those majors, you will be able to apply "one time only" to one of the four "capped" majors in the first week of school in the subsequent fall quarter, as you begin your Sophomore year as a “Continuing” student

If applying to the Bioengineering (BS) or Bioengineering: Biotechnology (BS) majors, you must have already completed the following 9 lower division courses, obtaining a grade of “C-“or above, before the start of your fall quarter, Sophomore year:  MATH 20ABC (20AB = 2 courses in Calculus for Science & Engineering & 20C = Calculus & Analytic Geometry for Science & Engineering); CHEM 6A (General Chemistry I) and CHEM 6B (General Chemistry II); PHYSICS 2A (Physics-Mechanics) & PHYSICS 2B (Physics-Electricity & Magnetism). PHYSICS 2AB are intended for physical science and engineering majors; MAE 8 (MATLAB Programming for Engineering Analysis); and BILD 1 (Cell Biology).

If applying to the Bioengineering: Bioinformatics (BS) major, you must have already completed the following 9 or 10 courses, obtaining a grade of "C-" or above, before the start of your fall quarter, Sophomore year: MATH 20ABC (20AB = 2 courses in Calculus for Science & Engineering & 20C = Calculus & Analytic Geometry for Science & Engineering); CHEM 6A (General Chemistry I) and CHEM 6B (General Chemistry II); PHYSICS 2A (Physics-Mechanics) & PHYSICS 2B (Physics-Electricity & Magnetism). PHYSICS 2AB are intended for physical science and engineering majors; BILD 1 (Cell Biology); CSE 11 (Introduction to Computer Science and Object-Oriented Programming: Javaor CSE 8A (Java) and CSE 8B (Java B). CSE 8A/B are equivalent to CSE 11.

If applying to the Bioengineering: BioSystems (BS) major, you must have already completed the following 8 courses, obtaining a grade of "C-" or above, before the start of your fall quarter, Sophomore year:MATH 20ABC (20AB = 2 courses in Calculus for Science & Engineering & 20C = Calculus & Analytic Geometry for Science & Engineering); CHEM 6A (General Chemistry I) and CHEM 6B (General Chemistry II); PHYSICS 2A (Physics-Mechanics) & PHYSICS 2B (Physics-Electricity & Magnetism). PHYSICS 2AB are intended for physical science and engineering majors.

If you have satisfied any of the required 9 courses by Advance Placement ("AP") in high school, the relevant "requirement" is satisfied and your GPA will be based on the other required courses (e.g., if you have AP credit for MATH 20A, your GPA will be based on the remaining 8 required courses). If you have met some of the courses by Advance Placement (“AP”) work, please be advised of the following: A minimum of 3 courses listed must have been completed at UC San Diego. If students can not meet this 3-course minimum due to prior credit, students may offer grades for MATH 20D (Differential Equations), MATH 18 (Linear Algebra) or MATH 20E (Vector Calculus) until the 3 course minimum has been met.

Each fall quarter, a certain number (determined on an annual basis) of “Continuing” Sophomore students who apply will be selected to enter the “impacted” Bioengineering (BS); Bioengineering: Biotechnology (BS); Bioengineering: Bioinformatics (BS); or Bioengineering: Biosystems (BS) major. The selection process is entirely based on students having the highest GPA obtained in the 8-10 screening courses.

Entering Transfers

As an entering Transfer student, if you either apply but are not accepted into the "capped" Bioengineering (BS); Bioengineering: Biotechnology (BS); Bioengineering: Bioinformatics (BS) or Bioengineering:  Biosystems (BS) major directly from community college or another 4-year institutionOR if you didn't initially apply to one of those majors, you will be unable to apply to either of the “capped” majors at a future time.

Graduation

You Must Satisfy “Departmental Major” AND “College” Requirements

UCSD has a very unique “college system” comprised of six colleges differing in educational philosophies and with regard to the type and number of required General Education (GE) courses you must complete. Regardless of your major, you may be assigned to any of the six colleges. Please review information about the six colleges in the online UCSD General Catalog, to assist you in determining which college may be the “right fit” for you!

As shown on the bottom line of the “Flowchart” for each of the four majors in Bioengineering, there are 10 “open” slots for completion of 40 units [10 humanities and social science (“HSS”) courses], toward satisfaction of college requirements. Please note, that since some colleges require more than the 10 HSS courses, students in these colleges may take longer than 4 years to graduate. Students should consult with their colleges to determine which “HSS” (General Education) courses to take. 

If you are a current student, please contact the Bioengineering department through the Virtual Advising Center if you have any questions.

If you are a prospective student, please contact Bioengineering Student Affairs at be-uginfo@bioeng.edu, if you have any questions.