UNC is dedicated to advancing scientific and technological innovations in the field of biomedical engineering by promoting the practical application of original research, medical device technology, and product development.

About UNC

The University of Northern California (UNC) is a highly selective graduate research institute that welcomes a small group of qualified students from around the world. UNC’s academic and research focus is on graduate programs in biomedical technology and engineering that emphasize both theory and practical application.

Integral to the University’s educational emphasis and research expertise is UNC’s Science & Technology Innovation Center (STIC). STIC functions as a product and business incubator that promotes original faculty and student research. In addition, STIC helps create businesses that manufactures and market these biomedical devices, thus creating jobs and revenue. Students gain firsthand knowledge of the biomedical device industry through their direct participation in the companies that STIC is incubating. A UNC student, therefore, has the opportunity to graduate with an over-all knowledge base that includes biomedical engineering theory, research, device creation, and business development.

The UNC campus is located in the San Francisco Bay Area in the city of Petaluma, which is one of the largest and most scenic metropolitan regions of the United States. Beautiful beaches, redwood forests, wine country, mountain hiking trails, campgrounds, horseback riding facilities, and golf courses are just minutes away. Also within easy access from UNC are outstanding museums, restaurants, performing arts companies, cultural festivals, and major-league sports teams.

For 2015 BPPE Annual Report, click here.
Note: UNC is not required to post the financial statements that are required to be submitted to the Bureau along with Annual Report (Title 5, California Code of Regulations (5 CCR) §74110(b)).

For School Performance Fact Sheet,
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering Fact sheet,
Doctor of Biomedical Engineering Fact sheet,
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering Fact sheet.

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The University of Northern California (UNC) is a private institution which received institutional approval to operate as a degree granting institution by the former Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE) as well as its successor: the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Its institutional number is 4901161.

Students may access the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education’s (BPPE) web site at www.bppe.ca.gov.

UNC is also authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to issue SEVIS I-20 forms to international students to apply for their student visas.

Any questions a student may have regarding this Catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Dr, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.