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!


  • Multi-Purpose Room (Level 1 of Student Services Center)
  • Friday April 21st, 7-9pm
  • Want to see a biology professor devour some extremely spicy wings while attempting to answer your burning questions? Well look no further! Join us at our Spring GBM event on Friday, April 21st from 7:00-9:00pm to see our guest, Dr. Reuther, as he tries to survive the heat while eating increasingly hotter wings. Come prepped with your spiciest questions and stay afterward to enjoy some biology-themed carnival games! Free Raising Canes! (first come first serve)

BSSA's Setting Yourself Up for Success

  • Zoom
  • Thursday April 20th, 6:30-8pm
  • Planning for the new school year? Come to BSSA's Setting Yourself Up for Success event! Get tips on campus resources from other students on how to prepare academically and professionally!

BSSA's Presents: School Of Biology Stole Sales

  • Pick up your stole anytime Week 7 and 8
  • Monday through Thursday from 10AM - 12PM and 1 - 3PM
  • Location: Pacific Hall Bookroom
  • Attention graduating Seniors! Division of Biological Sciences GRADUATION Stoles are now available for preorder! If you have already pre-ordered, pick up your stole anytime Week 7 and 8, Monday through Thursday from 10AM - 12PM and 1 - 3PM at the Pacific Hall Bookroom! *No late orders will be accepted

BSSA's Presents: Exploring Careers in Life Sciences Conference

  • Cancelled until further notice
  • This event will be postponed until further notice. So sorry for the inconvenience.


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

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!