The mission of the UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering is: "To improve health and quality of life by applying engineering principles to scientific discovery and technology innovation, and to train future leaders in Bioengineering through inspiring education and dedicated mentorship."

The Educational Objectives are to provide our students with a modern bioengineering education that will enable them to succeed in engineering careers and to motivate them to become technology leaders and innovators:

1) to prepare our students with depth, breadth, knowledge, practical experiences, and creativity in the central areas of bioengineering, its underlying sciences and related technologies;
2) to prepare students with effective skills that facilitate bioengineering practice, continued professional advancement, communication in multi-disciplinary teams, and adaptation to rapid technological change throughout their professional careers; and
3) to prepare our students globally 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 UCSD Department of Bioengineering, current students, alumni, and industry partners.

Program Outcomes

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

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to bioengineering problems.

  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as being able to analyze and interpret data.

  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints of economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability considerations.

  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

  • An ability to communicate effectively with written, oral, and visual means.

  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

  • A knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues.

  • An ability to use modern engineering techniques, skills, and computing tools necessary for engineering practice.


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.


Dept & Major

Fall 2015 Enrollment

14/'15 Degrees Conferred

BENG Total






Bioengineering (Biotechnology)



Bioengineering: Bioinformatics



Bioengineering: BioSystems



Bioengineering: Pre-Medical