Welcome to BSSA

From our various resources to our strong central student board, BSSA aims to provide UCSD's vast student
population with the tools needed to develop professionally and form valuable connections with professors and peers alike.
To learn more about what the goals of BSSA are and our upcoming events, continue to read below!

About Us

We are 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!

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  • We strive to
  • 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 a large portion 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 and do/bio.

  • BSSA's main goals 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.

Upcoming Events


Have a Great Summer! Check back in August for more information!

Ready to get involved?

Through the extensive mentorship program, involvement in BSSA’s committees, and alumni network, members are able to expand their personal experiences and hone their professional skills. While BSSA offers many opportunities to expand one’s professional and personal aspiration, the association prides itself most in our close-knit community. A community united with diverse backgrounds. BSSA continues to further the camaraderie of individuals and encourage members to be actively involved in our programs designed for you. We welcome you to check out our mentorship and committee pages to get a glimpse of what BSSA has to offer. Get involved now!