Undergrad Degree Programs


EFFECTIVE FALL 2014, ALL MAJORS IN UCSD ENGINEERING DEPARTMENTS WILL HAVE "CAPPED STATUS."    (Please visit  http://www.be.ucsd.edu/undergrad-majors for additional information concerning "Capped Status.")
Department of Bioengineering
EAC/ABET & WASC Accreditation
The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET) is an organization with a mission of serving the public through promotion and advancement of education in fields including engineering, and ABET’s strategic plans include accreditation of educational programs and promotion of quality and innovation in education (www.abet.org). At UCSD, Bioengineering and Bioengineering:Biotechnology have a relatively heavy emphasis on engineering, whereas Bioengineering:Bioinformatics has a relatively heavy emphasis on biological, chemical, and physical sciences. The Bioengineering and Bioengineering:Biotechnology programs are accredited by EAC/ABET. The Bioengineering:Bioinformatics program is not accredited by a Commission of EAC/ABET. EAC/ABET accreditation will be sought in due course for the “new” Bioengineering:BioSystems major.
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.
Program Mission Statement
To provide our students with an excellent education that enables successful, innovative, and lifelong careers in bioengineering industries and professions.
Program Educational Objectives
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:
  • to prepare our students with fundamental knowledge, practical experience, and creativity in modern areas of bioengineering, its underlying sciences and related technologies;
  • to apply themselves professionally across a range of bioengineering disciplines;
  • to prepare our students with effective skills that facilitate bioengineering practice, continued professional advancement, communication in multi-disciplinary teams, and adaptation to rapidly modernizing technology throughout their professional careers;
  • to prepare our students to deal knowledgeably and ethically with the impact of technology in society, including professional and social responsibilities on health-related issues.
Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bioengineering Program, graduates in Bioengineering; Bioengineering:Biotechnology; Bioengineering:Bioinformatics; and Bioengineering:BioSystems are expected to have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary for Bioengineering practice, including: 
  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to medical 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 and lead in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • 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 and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use modern engineering techniques, skills, and computing tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • Leadership skills.
Welcome to the undergraduate educational programs of the UCSD Department of Bioengineering! Since 1966, UCSD has offered an undergraduate major in Bioengineering. Over the past forty years, UCSD 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.
As indicated above, the UCSD 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 2017:
·      Bioengineering – accredited by EAC/ABET (in “capped” status)
·      Bioengineering: Biotechnology – accredited by EAC/ABET (in “capped” status)
·      Bioengineering: Bioinformatics – not accredited by a Commission of EAC/ABET (in "capped" status)
·      Bioengineering: BioSystems not accredited by a Commission of EAC/ABET (in "capped" status)
Dept & Major Fall 2016 Enrollment '15/'16 Degrees Conferred
BENG Total 641 132
Bioengineering 173 60
Bioengineering (Biotechnology) 211 46
Bioengineering: Bioinformatics 136 26
Bioengineering: BioSystems 121 0
Bioengineering: Pre-Medical 0 1