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The Department of Bioengineering offers four undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor's of Science (B.S.) degree in:
· Bioengineering – accredited by EAC/ABET (is in “impacted” status)
· Bioengineering: Biotechnology– accredited by EAC/ABET (is in “impacted” status)
· Bioengineering: Bioinformatics – not accredited by a commission of EAC/ABET
· Bioengineering: BioSystems – not accredited by a commission of EAC/ABET
· The Bioengineering: Premedical major was discontinued and phased-out, effective fall 2010.
IMPORTANT! PROSPECTIVE FRESHMEN OR TRANSFER STUDENTS WHO WANT TO APPLY TO EITHER OF THE “IMPACTED” BIOENGINEERING OR BIOENGINEERING: BIOTECHNOLOGY MAJORS-PLEASE NOTE THAT A CRITICAL FACTOR IS TO BE SURE THAT YOU LIST THE “IMPACTED” MAJOR AS YOUR “FIRST CHOICE” ON THE UC UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS APPLICATION.
What it Means if a Major is in “Impacted” Status in the Department of Bioengineering:
Entering Freshmen: As an entering Freshman, if you either applied but were not accepted into the "impacted" Bioengineering or Bioengineering: Biotechnology major directly from high school, OR if you didn't initially apply to either of those majors, you will be able to apply "one time only" to one of the "impacted" majors in the first week of school in the subsequent fall quarter, as you begin your Sophomore year as a “Continuing” student.
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 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).
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 or Bioengineering: Biotechnology major. The selection process is entirely based on students having the highest GPA obtained in the 9 screening courses.
Please note that in the past few years, 10 “open” slots were available in each of these “impacted” majors; however, the number of “open” slots may decrease in future years.
Entering Transfers: As an entering Transfer student, if you either applied but were not accepted into the "impacted" Bioengineering or Bioengineering: Biotechnology major directly from community college or another 4-year institution, OR if you didn't initially apply to either of the “impacted” majors, unfortunately you will be unable to apply to either of the “impacted” 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.
Please contact Bioengineering Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.