Student Opportunities

Undergraduate education in the Division of Biological Sciences is a unique combination of learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, on and off-campus, as well as numerous options for international experiences, treating the world as the classroom.

We have developed programs that help inspire students to evolve from passive to active learners and that prepare them for a successful transition to post-college education and professional careers.


The Center for Discovering Opportunities in Biological Sciences (do/bio) complements and enriches undergraduate scholarship with discovery-based, experiential learning, including research, internship and international study opportunities. Find out more about do/bio.

Bioscholars Program


The Bioscholars Program is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue their interests as part of a smaller community of scholars.

Biological Sciences Student Association (BSSA)


BSSA is dedicated to improving the education of UC San Diego’s biology undergraduate population, by providing programs and opportunities that enrich their personal, academic, and professional growth.

Eureka! Scholarship Program


Eureka! Scholars is a highly competitive summer research training program for some of our most promising undergraduates. Each year, we select up to 10 outstanding, upper-level students to participate as Eureka! Scholars during the summer months in leading life sciences labs.

Study Abroad


The Division of Biological Sciences encourages its students to take advantage of the diverse study abroad opportunities available through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), UC San Diego’s Global Seminars (GS), and UC San Diego’s Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP).

Saltman Quarterly (SQ)


The goal of the Saltman Quarterly Program is to convey the excitement of science and increasing the awareness of and pride in the contributions of undergraduates to biological research to the Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego and the greater San Diego community.

Instructional Assistants


Teaching is an invaluable experience. It develops communication and leadership skills, and provides an opportunity to better understand how people learn. Being an undergraduate instructional apprentice allows undergraduates to get to know and work with faculty outside the classroom settings.

Gabriele Wienhausen Scholarship Award

The Gabriele Wienhausen Biological Sciences Scholarship is a highly competitive annual award for continuing students who demonstrate outstanding academic and community engagement at UC San Diego. Each year, we select an exceptional, biology upperclassman to receive a one-year award up to $2,000, to financially support their college career at UC San Diego.

Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (USAC)

The Undergraduate Student Advisory Council is charged with advising the Director of Undergraduate Education on issues related to undergraduate curriculum and student  involvement opportunities. The USAC is on hiatus for the 2016-17 academic year.