Undergrad Degree Programs

EFFECTIVE FALL 2014, ALL MAJORS IN UC San Diego ENGINEERING DEPARTMENTS WILL HAVE "CAPPED STATUS."    (Please visit  http://www.be.ucsd.edu/undergrad-majors for additional information concerning "Capped Status.")


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, innovation, and advancement of quality education in fields including technology and engineering. ABET’s strategic plans include accreditation of educational programs and provides assurance that a program meets the quality standards in the profession for which the program prepares graduates to enter a global workforce (www.abet.org). At UC San Diego, Bioengineering, Bioengineering:Biotechnology, and Bioengineering:BioSystems have a relatively heavy emphasis on engineering, whereas Bioengineering:Bioinformatics has a relatively heavy emphasis on basic sciences. The Bioengineering and Bioengineering: Biotechnology programs are accredited by EAC/ABET. The Bioengineering:BioSystems program is currently under review for ABET accreditation. The Bioengineering: Bioinformatics program is currently not accredited by a Commission of EAC/ABET. 

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.

Mission Statement

To educate our students to become tomorrow’s technology leaders, conduct leading-edge research and drive innovation, and transfer discoveries for the benefit of society. Furthermore, the Department of Bioengineering’s mission is to provide our students with an excellent education that enables successful, innovative, and lifelong careers in bioengineering industries and professions.

Educational Objectives

To provide our students with a modern bioengineering education that consists of:

1.  depth, breadth, and creativity in the central areas of bioengineering,its underlying sciences and related technologies;

2.  effective skills that facilitate bioengineering practice, communication in multi-disciplinary teams, continued professional advancement, and adaptation to rapid technological change that will enable them to become technology leaders and innovators;

3.  the ability 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. 
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with standards and constraints considering public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors. 
  • An ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) with a range of audiences. 
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which mush consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. 
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment (inclusion of diversity), establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives. 
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions. 
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies (life-long learning skills). 
  • An ability to identify needs for new engineering solutions serving society, and to develop innovative thinking to solve new 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 2019:

·      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  -- accredited by EAC/ABET (in "capped" status)

Enrollment & Degrees Conferred

Dept & Major

Fall 2018 Enrollment

‘17/'18 Degrees Conferred



BENG Total






Bioengineering: Biotechnology



Bioengineering: Bioinformatics



Bioengineering: BioSystems