Information for Non-Engineering Applicants

The BMED graduate program welcomes applicants from non-engineering or non-BMED majors! In order to make sure that you are at the same pace or at least on the same track as our engineering students, we ask that you take a look at the suggested courses before applying. To do so, click the "Information for Non-Engineering Applicants" section header. Should you have questions about the graduate program, please contact David Clague, the BMED Graduate Program Advisor.


General Guidelines for Graduate Applicants for Non-Engineering Majors

Non-Engineering applicants to the BMED MS program should have the following background:

  • Calculus Series, MATH 141-143, MATH 241
  • ODEs and/or Linear Analysis, MATH 242 and/or 244
  • Calculus Based Physics Series, PHYS 141, PHYS 132 and PHYS 133
  • Strength of Materials, CE 204
  • Circuit Theory, EE 201
  • ME Statics, ME 211
  • ME Dynamics, ME 212
  • P-Chem or ME Thermodynamics, Chem 351 or ME 302
  • Anatomy and Physiology, ZOO 331 or 332

The above list subject to modification based on the applicant’s transcripts.

If admitted to the MS program, students are required to take BMED 520 "Introduction to Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering"


Non-Cal Poly students applying to the Biomedical Engineering MS program:

External applicants who are accepted into the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Biomedical Engineering MS program are not guaranteed a Thesis advisor nor a Thesis project. Those who are accepted into the program and attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will be matriculated into the program on the non-Thesis MS track, which includes a Comprehensive Exam. The degree objective offerings for the non-Thesis track include either MS Engineering with Specialization in BME or BioE. MS candidates who secure a Thesis advisor and a Thesis project may switch to the Thesis track and may elect a degree objective of MS Biomedical Engineering.