Bio-molecular Science & Engineering

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The interdepartmental graduate program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering epitomizes the highly interdisciplinary approach to research and education that is the hallmark of UC Santa Barbara. In this context, BMSE offers a unique mix for graduate training and research at the frontiers of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, Biophysics, and Biomolecular Materials.


BMSE’s enriching graduate training program is driven by many renowned research centers at UCSB and draws its faculty from experts in eight departments and two colleges. Many faculty have close reciprocal relationships with biotechnology and bioengineering companies that provide exceptional training and future employment opportunities for graduate students.

BMSE trains graduate students for leadership positions in the exploding fields represented by two curricular emphases: one in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the other in Biophysics and Bioengineering.

BMSE is an interdisciplinary program that offers the MS and PhD degrees. It has course tracks in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Biophysics & Bio-engineering. The BMSE mission is to provide graduate education and foster research at the interface between molecular/cellular biology and the physical/engineering sciences.