The B.S. degree program in bioengineering provides students with hands-on design experience, in addition to fundamental knowledge of mathematics, science, and technology. Graduates will be prepared to work as engineers solving problems in medicine and biotechnology and to pursue advanced degrees in engineering, medicine, or science.
Study and Research Opportunities
- Interdisciplinary B.S. program offered by the Departments of Biomolecular Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, and including over 30 faculty from 10 departments.
- Two concentrations: bioelectronics and assistive technology: motor.
- Research foci include interfacing biological sensors to computers, robotic assistive technologies for people with movement disabilities, bioelectronics, and other areas at the junction between engineering, medicine, and science.
- All students in the program have a 3-quarter capstone experience, which can be either an individual thesis or an intensive group engineering project.
Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)
Please see the current UC Santa Cruz General Catalog for a full description of the BSOE admissions policy.
Freshman Applicants: Once at UCSC, students will be accepted into the major based on grade-point average in selected lower-division mathematics, physics, and programming courses required for the major.
High School Preparation
It is recommended that high school students applying to the BSOE have completed four years of mathematics and three years of science in high school, if possible one year each of chemistry, physics, and biology. Comparable college mathematics and science courses completed at other institutions may be accepted in place of high school preparation.
Information for Transfers
Transfer students need to have completed eight transferable courses from the list used for admission for on-campus students, with a GPA in those courses of 2.8 or better. However, students are recommended to complete at least 10 transferable courses prior to transfer, as they may otherwise have difficulty finishing in a timely fashion.
Students may satisfy the bioethics requirement if they have completed a suitable ethics course at their community college, even if the course does not articulate to BME 80G.
Both concentrations lead to entry-level engineering jobs in industries such as wearable devices, medical implants, laboratory instrumentation, exosuits, and robotics.
BSOE students may wish to develop their cross-cultural competency, typically via the Education Abroad Program (EAP). Interested students must work very closely with the faculty and academic advisers in their major very early during the first or second year to create a plan for transferability of coursework toward graduation. For more EAP information, visit eap.ucop.edu/ourprograms/pages/default.aspx.