The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Bioengineering: Bioinformatics addresses the flow of the vast amount of information (genetic, metabolic and regulatory) in living systems, providing an integrated understanding of the systems properties of cells and organisms.

Bioengineering: Bioinformatics is one of four Bioinformatics majors that have been developed and offered since fall 2002, by the Departments of Bioengineering, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computer Science and Engineering and the Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD. Students wishing to major in Bioinformatics may enter through any of these departments/Division.  Effective fall 2014, the Bioengineering: Bioinformatics major is in "impacted" status.  This major emphasizes systems engineering and model-based approaches to interpreting, integrating, and using bioinformatics data. It provides training in molecular biology, systems engineering analysis, and mathematical and computer sciences.

Bioinformatics allows a new understanding of cellular functions, protein structure and design, evolutionary biology, regulatory networks, the molecular basis of disease, the generation of novel therapeutics, patient-specific designer drugs, and customized proteins.