Hello, world!

BSSA is an organization dedicated to improving the education of UCSD’s biology undergraduate population by providing programs and opportunities that enrich personal, academic, and professional growth.

To learn more or become a part of BSSA, REGISTER or join our FACEBOOK!

Upcoming events

Fall GBM 2: 6pm - 7pm Tuesday, November 24 at NSB Auditorium EVENT POSTPONED!
BSSA goes to December Nights: Friday, December 4 at Balboa Park
Book Drive: December 7 - January 8
Toy Drive: December 16 - January 1
As transfer chair, Jose hopes to make anyone’s transition to University life and the Biology Department as easy as possible, which includes forming a knit family of Biology transfers! He is planning a TRANSFER COMMITTEE. Interested? Fill out this Google Doc here!
Contact: Jose Colmenares at jcolmena@ucsd.edu

Educate: Help you learn about all of the resources available here at UCSD as an undergraduate biology major.
Enrich: Enrich your years here at UCSD through volunteer and social events. (College goes by fast!)
Empower: Empower you with the skils and experience to stand out amongst the crowdes when applying in today's competitive post-graduate world.

With more than twenty percent of the University of California, San Diego’s undergraduate population declared as biology majors, the Biological Sciences Student Association (BSSA) plays a crucial role in expanding opportunities and enhancing the overall educational and social experiences of these students during their time here. In addition, BSSA assists in preparing students for a wide range of career opportunities. UCSD biology graduates go on to careers in many fields. Besides becoming scientists and physicians, they are teachers, administrators, health care professionals, business people, and lawyers. BSSA, which complements our strong degree programs, is run by a board of officers and receives administrative support from the Dean’s Office.

Get involved!

If you are interested in getting more involved in BSSA, joining a committee is a great way to! For more information, check out the individual committee pages in the top page.

Annual Events Committee: Planning 1-2 quarterly HUGE EVENTS (100+ people). Also interacts with professors and alumni!
Freshman Programs Committee: Making programs to help freshman out! Will occasionally work with Social Activities and Mentor Mentee Chairs. Everything social!
Professional Development Committee: Helping BSSA students get ahead (workshops, conferences, etc)! Networking opportunities with faculty and alumni.
Publicity Committee: Behind the scenes. Creative thinking making advertisements. Will work with multiple committees to help out with their events!
Volunteer Committee: Making a world a better place. Events involving animals, environmental health, and all sorts of humanitarian events.

The main goals of BSSA are to:

  • Outreach to incoming and returning biology majors and minors on campus to promote both membership and event/program participation
  • Provide a series of events and programs that support biology majors’ educational goals and broaden and enhance their overall experience at UCSD, thus serving as the first step in a lifelong relationship between the Division and our students
  • Increase meaningful interaction between biology students, faculty and alumni through small group and one to one interactions
  • Offer expanded programs and information on career options and advanced education opportunities for biology majors
  • Provide valuable leadership opportunities for biology majors that will serve them well in their future endeavors
  • Further develop BSSA’s visibility on and off campus with various constituencies including faculty, students, organizations, the administration, and area high schools
  • Have a scientific joke?

    Email us and it might appear on our home page!

    Did you hear about the octopus who beat the shark? I hear he was heavily armed.

    RIP boiling water. You shall be mist.