Undergraduate Students

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


 

Overview

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.

 

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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

The program educational objectives of the Bioengineering (BS), Bioengineering: Biotechnology (BS), Bioengineering: Biosystems (BS), programs at UC San Diego are as follows:

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

The Bioengineering program aims to provide students with the breadth required for participation in the interdisciplinary field of bioengineering and the depth required by engineers to advance the practice in the discipline. Our objective is to graduate students who are able to successfully pursue:

  • advanced studies leading to research and graduate degrees in biomechanics, microcirculation, physiology, or biomedical imaging. 
  • professional engineering practice and design in industries serving the advancement of medicine in areas of medical device development, manufacturing, quality control, or prosthetic design. 
  • advanced professional education in medicine, health, or related medical sciences.
  • continuous professional development to serve innovation and entrepreneurship in bioengineering and related technical fields.

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

The Bioengineering: Biotechnology program aims to provide students with the breadth required for participation in the interdisciplinary field of biotechnology and the depth required by engineers to advance the practice in the discipline. Our objective is to graduate students who are able to successfully pursue:

  • advanced studies leading to research and graduate degrees in cell and tissue engineering, biomolecular engineering, or genetic engineering.
  • professional engineering practice and design in industries serving the advancement of medicine in areas of bioprocess engineering, biomaterials, therapeutics, or design of diagnostics. 
  • advanced professional education in medicine, health, or related medical sciences.
  • continuous professional development to serve innovation and entrepreneurship in biochemical engineering and related technical fields.

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

The Bioengineering: BioSystems program aims to provide students with the breadth required for participation in the interdisciplinary field of bioengineering and the depth required by engineers to advance the practice in our discipline. Our objective is to graduate students who are able to successfully pursue:

  • advanced studies leading to research and graduate degrees in computational and systems biology, biomedical instrumentation, or biosystems modeling and control.  
  • professional engineering practice and design in industries serving the advancement of medicine in areas of bioinstrumentation, quality control, or biomedical computation. 
  • advanced professional education in medicine, health, or related medical sciences.
  • continuous professional development to serve innovation and entrepreneurship in biosystems engineering and related technical fields.

Bioengineering: Bioinformatics (BS)  NOT accredited

The Bioengineering: Bioinformatics program aims to provide students with the breadth required for participation in the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics and the depth required by engineers to advance the practice in the discipline. Our objective is to graduate students who are able to successfully pursue:

  • advanced studies leading to research and graduate degrees in computational biology and biological systems data analysis.
  • professional engineering practice and design in industries serving the advancement of medicine in areas of genetic, transcriptional, proteomic, or metabolic data analysis applied to living systems. 
  • advanced professional education in medicine, health, or related medical sciences.
  • continuous professional development to serve innovation and entrepreneurship in bioinformatics and related technical fields.

Student Outcomes for the UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering’s Programs: Bioengineering (BS), Bioengineering: Biotechnology (BS), Bioengineering: Biosystems (BS)

Upon the completion of the program, graduates will be able to: 

  1. identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. 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.
  3. communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  8. 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 2021:

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 

Enrollment & Degrees Conferred

 

Department & Major

 

Fall 2020 Enrollment

 

2019/2020 Degrees Conferred

 

Bioengineering Total

 

612

 

152

 

Bioengineering

 

185

 

47

 

Bioengineering: Biotechnology

 

228

 

54

 

Bioengineering: Bioinformatics

 

108

 

19

 

Bioengineering: BioSystems

 

91

 

32

 

Questions?

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.

Undergraduate advising appointments can be scheduled by providing availability via a message sent on the Virtual Advising Center. Virtual "walk-in" appointments available on Tuesdays - Thursdays. Hours posted in away message via "Meet with Advisor" and through weekly email updates.

***Please note: All advising currently done via Zoom.***