Declaration of Major

Prospective majors work with the Jack Baskin School of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Affairs to declare the major.  This multi-step process involves the student's college advisor, the BSOE's peer mentors and advisors, and the student's faculty advisor assigned by the BSOE Office of Undergrdaduate Affairs. 

The meeting with a faculty advisor is no longer a formally required part of the procedure, but it  is still important, as it is a good opportunity to discuss specific interests in the wide field of bioengineering, how to select and join a research group in preparation for the senior design progress, preparing for graduate school, summer research programs, and elective courses from the current and future catalogs.  Unfortunately, due the rapid growth in BSoE majors and the much slower growth in faculty, the Baskin School of Engineering no longer requires faculty to approve each new major declaration.  We still recommend that everyone meet with a faculty adviser, but no longer require it. This policy change (which started in 2014–15) has the unfortunate side effect that the good students are diligent about seeking faculty advice, and the less thoughtful students (who need the advice more) avoid getting faculty advice.

While declaring the major, students should also become familiar with the range of BSOE student organizations.  Because bioengineering has a wide range of foundational requirements, students in the major may find it more difficult to connect with engineering and bioengineering students.  Bioengineering students in particular should seek out these organizations for advice on courses, friendship, and leadership opportunities, and support throughout the intensive engineering curricula.

It is never too early to start thinking about research projects, advisors, and programs.  The bioengineering capstone project page is an excellent place to start, as are faculty research pages.  Students should also think about research programs such as NSF REU and  MARC/MBRS/CAMP/UC LEADS.  These paid programs are an excellent way to prepare for your graduate education.

Because the bioengineering major requires expertise in a wide range of foundational science, engineering, and mathematics, as well as the trained ability to integrate knowledge and skills into complex team projects, the B.S. in Bioengineering faculty have strict requirements for declaration of the major.  Students who do not meet these requirements may find other majors to be well suited to their interests and goals.