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 UCSD's Biological Sciences Student Association (BSSA). We are dedicated to enrich your college experience through programs and events that will provide you with professional development, community service, social events and much more! While doing so, we strive to create a welcoming community where you can find friends and connections. We look forward to meeting you!

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  • We strive to
  • EDUCATE you on the resources available both on and off campus.
  • ENRICH your college experience with plenty of volunteer and social events.
  • EMPOWER you with the skills and experience needed to succeed in today's competitive workforce.

With the support of the Dean's Office and do/Bio, our board of student officers hopes to enhance your educational and social experiences here at UCSD. While there is such a portion of the undergraduate population as declared biology majors, we want to ensure that every student is provided with the tools needed for success.

  • 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

Want to join our Leadership Team? Click here to find information about our Officer Applications! Want to join a BSSA Committee?? Click here to find out more!

Class of 2024 Biology Stoles!

  • Get your official School of Biological Sciences Stoles through BSSA now!

    Order Here

    Division of Biology stoles are 35$.
    Stole Distribution will occur on campus at the Pacific Hall Book Room window Monday-Thursday 5/13-5/23. Pick up will be available between the hours of 10AM-2PM and 1PM-3PM. Late orders will be shipped directly to the student. BSSA offers its most active members opportunities to receive discounts off these stoles when they graduate based on their active status as mentors in the Mentor-Mentee Program.
    Stoles will be shipped to UCSD campus for Pick-up during Spring Quarter (Please enter the following address when checking out: Student Name BSSA 9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla, 92037) if not a late order.

    For questions about your membership status, stoles overall, or potential discounts, email Emily Lippman.

LinkedIn Workshop

  • Join us for BSSA's LinkedIn workshop! Learn tips on how to make your LinkedIn the best it can be and update it!
  • April 19rd, 2024 in the Bear Room @PC (6-7PM)

Graduating this year (2024)? CLICK HERE to be reminded when Biological Sciences Department Stoles GO ON SALE!

  • Spring Quarter 2024 Events Calendar: Please see Instagram for the most up-to-date information/any more questions!
  • Bio Transfer and Upperclassmen Game Night

    • Join BSSA and Cheese Club for a new collab! Snacks, board games, pool tables, video games (and cheese!).
    • 6-8pm Monday, 4th, 2024 @ The Exchange at Price Center
    • RSVP at:
    • RSVP Here
    • RSVP Here

    Get Involved

    Are you interested in joining BSSA? There are additional opportunities on top of being a general member. You can become a mentor or mentee in our mentorship program--which aims to create bonds within BSSA as well as providing underclassmen with the guidance and experience of a upperclassmen. Additionally, you can gain leadership experience by helping plan, coordinate, and run BSSA events by joining one of our six committees. As committee members, you can work with our Committee Co-Chairs in programming upcoming BSSA events from start to finish--everything from brainstorming, to publicizing, and organizing event activities. Applications for committees are typically opened at the beginning of fall quarter and may be reopened during the beginning of winter and spring quarters if committee co-chairs see fit. To inquire more about applying to committees and learning what committee members do, please contact our committee co-chairs for more information! We look forward to meeting you!