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Biomedical Engineering

About Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary field in which engineering principles and tools are applied to solve biomedical problems. By its very nature, it is broad and requires a depth of understanding in engineering as well as in physiology and other biological sciences. Biomedical Engineering plays an increasingly important role in medicine and in projects that range from basic research in physiology to advances in biotechnology and the improvement of health care delivery. As a student, you can find more information below that pertains directly to your major.

Faculty Advisors

Specific curriculum and technical elective inquiries may be directed to your assigned Faculty Advisor.

Declaring Your Concentration

It is important to declare your concentration to ensure your Degree Progress Report and Academic Progress Level is up to date for registration. 

Please note: a change of concentration will appear on your transcript, so it is important you are confident with your decision.  

In order to declare your concentration, follow the procedure below:

  1. Email from your Cal Poly email address
  2. Use the subject line: Student Last Name/Concentration Name  
  3. Include in the email body:
    • Student Name:
    • EMPL ID:
    • Major: Biomedical Engineering
    • Catalog Year: Please keep in mind that concentrations may or may not be available depending on your catalog year.
    • Concentration: Bioinstrumentation, Mechanical Design or General

Course Substitutions

As curriculum changes between different catalog years, you may question what courses automatically transfer between catalogs. The following changes below apply to BMED majors only and a petition will not be required.

All BMED Students:

Your catalog You may use: To substitute for:
2015-17 through 2017-19 BMED 434 (3 units) Approved Technical Elective
2015-17 through 2017-19 CHEM 446 (3 units) Approved Support Elective
2011-13 through 2017-19

ENGR 459 + ENGR 460 + ENGR 461 + BMED 400 (8 units) - OR -

ENGR 463 + ENGR 464 + ENGR 465 + BMED 400 (8 units)

BMED 455 + BMED 456

2015-17 through 2017-19

(pursuing Bioinstrumentation Concentration)

BMED 434

Approved Technical Elective -

This could reduce the minimum units in the concentration to 29 units

2015-17 through 2017-19

(pursuing Bioinstrumentation Concentration)

CHEM 446 

Approved Support Elective - 

This could reduce the minimum units in the concentration to 29 units

2015-17 ENGR 110 BMED 101 + BMED 102
2015-17 ZOO 331 + ZOO 332 BIO 231 + BIO 232

Students Who Have Changed Their Major Into BMED:

Your catalog you may use: to substitute for:
2011-13 through 2017-19
  • AERO 121
  • CE 111
  • CSC/CPE 123
  • EE 111
  • ENVE 111
  • ENGR 110
  • IME 101
  • MATE 110
  • ME 128
  • ME 229
BMED 101

BMED Transfer Students:

Your catalog you may use: to substitute for:
2005-07 through 2020-21

3.5 excess units from a CHEM 124 equivalent course +

0.5 excess unit from a PHYS 131 or 141 or 132 or 133 equivalent course

CHEM 125


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