The B.S. degree program in bioengineering provides students with fundamental knowledge of mathematics, science, and technology. Students also gain advanced training in engineering principles and practice at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. 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.
- Four concentrations: biomolecular engineering, bioelectronic engineering, assistive technology: motor, and assistive technology: cognitive/perceptual.
- Research foci include biomolecular sensors and systems, assistive technologies for the elderly and disabled, bioinformatics, bioelectronics, protein design and drug development, and other areas at the junction between engineering, medicine, and science.
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
The prerequisite structure for upper-division courses at UC Santa Cruz requires that many courses be taken sequentially. Because of this, it is necessary for prospective transfer students to have completed as many of the lower-division required courses as possible before transferring.
Transfer students should not follow the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) because it will not provide enough mathematics and science courses to allow them to complete the bioengineering program in two years. Most students find it easier to spread the general education requirements out over four years.
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.
Awards, Honors, and Recognitions
Camilla Forsberg, professor of biomolecular engineering and co-director of the Institute for the Biology of Stem Cells at UC Santa Cruz, has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.