Degree Programs Overview

Lily LaihoThe education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo aims to graduate students who have a balance of depth and mastery of the fundamentals of their particular discipline while providing hands-on, “Learn-by-doing” projects and experiences to internalize that knowledge. You’ll find this philosophy permeates the Biomedical Engineering Programs.

More specifically, through our programs, you’ll find that we have carefully thought-out, together with Industry Partners, how to best equip our graduates with Biomedical Engineering fundamentals with application of that knowledge through in depth laboratories, MEDITEC projects, senior projects, MS Theses & Projects and project opportunities, i.e., “Learn-by-doing.” So, I’d like to invite you to explore our programs and our faculty to see if Cal Poly is the right place for you. 

Lily Laiho, Ph.D. 
BMED Department Chair

Department Quick Facts

After Graduation

  • Faculty: 18 (Fall 2020 full & part-time)
  • Undergraduate Students: 409
  • Graduate Students: 62
  • Female: 57.1%
  • Labs: 15
  • Job: 71%
  • Grad School: 19%
  • Other: 10%
  • Average Salary: $67,758
  • Median Salary: $70,000

JOb Titles

  • Account Executive
  • Analyst
  • Applications Engineer
  • Biomedical Test Equipment Engineer
  • Clinical Project Assistant
  • Clinical Specialist
  • Development Quality Engineer
  • Electrophysiology Technical Service Specialist (EP-TSS)
  • Field Intern
  • Human Factors Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Quality Engineer
  • R&D Engineer
  • Research Assistant
  • Software Engineer
  • Employers

  • Abbott
  • Amgen
  • Applied Medical
  • Biosense Webster
  • Boston Scientific
  • Confluent Medical
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • Genentech
  • Google
  • Hardy Diagnostics
  • HP
  • Intuitive Surgical
  • Lawrence Livermore National
  • Laboratory
  • Meddux
  • Medtronic
  • Nevro
  • Meissner Filtration
  • Penumbra
  • Potrero Medical
  • Stryker
  • Tandem Diabetes
  • Triage Consulting Group
  • US Biotest, Inc.
  • ViaCyte
  • Self reported data 2016-2019
    • Prospective Students/Parents: Cal Poly is now planning for the upcoming application period. For more information please visit Admissions.
    • Advising for current students or to learn about the program for new admits: schedule a virtual meeting with the Department Chair, Dr. Lily Laiho