University of California, Riverside

Department of Bioengineering

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering Program Overview

The University of California, Riverside Bioengineering program provides students with a broad but rigorous education that will allow them to rapidly develop into leadership roles in the biotechnology/ biomedical device industry. It will also meet the requirements of medical schools or advanced degree programs. The Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering (BIEN) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.  


Bioengineering is a discipline that develops processes and products made possible by the basic science underlying advances in biology and engineering. The field of Bioengineering promises to provide some of the most important technologies for the next few decades. Bioengineering is poised to capitalize on the potential synergy that can occur from recent discoveries in biology and engineering.

BIEN total enrollment
BIEN graduates
2005 11  
2006 80  
2007 123  
2008 172  
2009 228 8
2010 324 51
2011 317 46
2012 335 70
2013 333 83
2014 310 156
2015 295 76
2016 322 102
2017 334  

111 Reasons to Choose UCR

ugStudents enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program in Bioengineering at the University of California, Riverside will have a broad preparation that will enable them to enter various fields such as biotechnology, biomedical engineering, and medicine. Biotechnology companies use modern knowledge of molecular and cellular biology to make a wide variety of products such as antibiotics, hormones (e.g. insulin), vitamins, detergent enzymes, vaccines, and drug delivery systems. Medical companies use current engineering advances to make pacemakers, imaging machines (e.g. MRI, ultrasound, CAT scans), diagnostic tools (gene chips, glucose meters) and tools for minimally invasive surgery. In addition, curriculum at the University of California Riverside provides the core courses for entry into most medical schools.

Wide ranging advances in fundamental molecular and cellular biology and the engineering sciences have led to the development of extensive new fields of discovery that bridge the biological and engineering domains. In the biological domain, genomics, proteomics, inhibitory RNA technology, pharmacodynamics and regenerative medicine are just a few of the areas that comprise modern biology. In the engineering domain, microfabrication, advanced computer systems, novel materials, and automated manufacturing are only some of the capabilities that characterize modern engineering practice. At the University of California Riverside, the Bioengineering student will be able to see, first-hand, the importance of bridging these two areas.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Bioengineering
205 Materials Science & Engineering

Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tel: (951) 827-4303
Fax: (951) 827-6416

Potential Undergraduate Students:
Undergraduate Admissions

Potential Graduate Students:
Professor Victor G. J. Rodgers

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