UCI BioSci Facts

With over 4,000 undergraduates and  300 graduate students, the school is one of the largest academic units at UCI.

The School of Biological Sciences is a premier center of biological education and research. Multidisciplinary research and academic opportunities exist in the areas of health-related issues such as cancer and infectious diseases, developmental biology and genetics, environmental and evolutionary studies, mechanisms of gene expression, neurodegeneration, learning and memory disorders, structural biology, stem cell therapies, and science education.

Student Profile

Student Profile 2018-2019



65% female
29% underrepresented minority (URM)
47% first generation students



248 Doctoral Students

55% female
23% URM

85 Masters Students

60% female
15% URM

Degrees Awarded by the School of Biological Sciences


Bachelors of Science


Masters of Science




First Generation Students

A testament to the school’s commitment to access and affordability.

Faculty Distinctions

The school has a highly distinguished faculty, as measured by many criteria.  These include high National Research Council faculty productivity rankings and on-campus, national and international awards.

45Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
7Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
5Distinguished Professors
3Thompson Reuters “Highly Cited Researchers”
3Chancellor’s Professors
3Donald Bren Professors
2Fellows of the Royal Society
1National Medal of Science awardee
1Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience recipient
1Templeton Prize laureate
1Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
1Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
1University Professor
2Chancellor’s Fellows

For a more detailed list of awards and recognitions received by faculty, please visit the faculty awards page.

School Rankings

New York Times#1 College doing most for American Dream
Forbes List Best Colleges 2018#4 Best Value College in America
US and World News Report 2018 Rankings #12 Best Public Graduate Program in the Biological Sciences
#33 Best Graduate Biological Sciences Program
#55 Best Global Universities for Neuroscience and Behavior
#83 Best Global Universities for Microbiology
#131 Best Global Universities for Biology and Biochemistry
#143 Best Global Universities for Molecular Biology and Genetics