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

Program Description
About the BMED Program - BMED Brochure, June 2020
Academic Flowchart
Suggested Four-year Academic Flowchart - BMED Brochure, June 2020

Department Quick Facts

After Graduation

Faculty: 17 (Fall 2022 full & part-time)

Undergraduate Students: 475

Graduate Students: 76

Female: 57.1%

Labs: 15

Job: 71%

Grad School: 19%

Other: 10%

Average Salary: $67,758

Median Salary: $70,000


Account Executive


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




Applied Medical

Biosense Webster

Boston Scientific

Confluent Medical

Edwards Lifesciences



Hardy Diagnostics


Intuitive Surgical

Lawrence Livermore National





Meissner Filtration


Potrero Medical


Tandem Diabetes

Triage Consulting Group

US Biotest, Inc.


Self reported data 2016-2019

College Virtual Tours

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Learn more about the BMED program: schedule a virtual meeting with the Department Chair, Dr. Lily Laiho