Hello, world!

BSSA is an organization dedicated to improving the education of UCSD’s biology undergraduate population by providing programs that enrich personal, academic, and professional growth. We are a place where you can make friends, connections, and opportunities and we hope to help you find your passion in biology. BSSA is a resource for you to utilize during your time here at UCSD!

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

Upcoming events

Volunteer at the Carnival 4 Canines & Friends: 9:30am-5pm Saturday, Oct 22 at Harry Griffen Park
Mentor-Mentee Program Commencement Ceremony: 7:30pm Thursday, Oct 27 at PC Forum
Torrey Pines Hiking Trip: Saturday, Nov 11 White Labs Tour: Friday, Nov 18
Hope to see you all at our events! For more information, check out the events tab or our Facebook page.

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 skills and experience to stand out amongst the crowd 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.

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
  • Joining a BSSA Committee

    Want to get more involved with our org? Want to develop your interpersonal skills, gain leadership experience, and HAVE FUN while doing it? Join one of our event planning committees! You will get to work with the committee head(s) and take part in the event-planning process. You will get to incorporate your ideas and see what it takes to put on these events for the student community!

    Here is a list of the committees and what they do:

    Publicity Committee: design flyers, posters, and other promotional material for upcoming events; advertise events to promote membership to biology majors and minors
    Committee Head: Sara Ye, ysye@ucsd.edu

    Annual Events Committee: organize the four annual events: Professor-Student Mixer (aka Dining with a Professor), Alumni-Student Mixer, Darwin Day, and Senior Reception
    Committee Heads: Jake Sy, jjsy@ucsd.edu & Stephanie Chu, sychu@ucsd.edu

    Professional Development Committee: plan events that encompass a variety of important professional skills; organize opportunities for biology majors to explore different careers
    Committee Heads: Christine Pham, chp036@ucsd.edu & Binh-An Nguyen, bin001@ucsd.edu

    Social Activities Committee: organize quarterly social events such as food outings, zoo trips, study sessions, and more; promote networking opportunities for the student community through social events
    Committee Heads: Jordan Lapira, jjlapira@ucsd.edu & Jessica Yi, jmyi@ucsd.edu

    Volunteer Committee: plan short-term volunteer events such as beach cleanups, book/toy drives, adoption drives, etc.; organize and promote joint volunteer programs with other campus groups
    Committee Head: Alice Xu, cox004@ucsd.edu

    Freshman Programs Committee: organize get-togethers for freshman students to meet each other; put on events targeted towards freshmen such as information sessions or socials, and coordinate the mentor-mentee program
    Committee Head: Vineet Tummala, v1tummal@ucsd.edu

    Transfer Committee: organize get-togethers for transfer students to meet each other; put on events that identify transfer students' interests and concerns such as information sessions or socials
    Committee Head: Youngju Choi, yoc077@ucsd.edu

    Email the committee head(s) if you're interested in joining or for more information!