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Bioengineering professionals use fundamental engineering principles to tackle problems and design solutions for the life sciences industry, working alongside chemists, biologists, clinicians, computer scientists, entrepreneurial leads and other experts.

Employers are looking for engineering professionals who can work on miniaturization design problems in the medical device field and systems aspects of imaging R&D programs (follow the links to investigate current job openings in California).

Explore websites at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB) Society, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the National Institutes of Health for general information about bioengineering research programs and the profession.


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Bachelor and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field in which the principles and tools of traditional engineering fields, such as mechanical, materials, electrical, and chemical engineering, are applied to biomedical problems. Engineering plays an increasingly important role in medicine in projects that range from basic research in physiology to advances in biotechnology and the improvement of health care delivery. By its very nature, biomedical engineering is broad and requires a foundation in the engineering sciences as well as in physiology and other biological sciences. The program offers a four-year curriculum leading to a B.S. degree, which prepares students for careers in the biomedical industry or for further education in graduate school.


CSU Long Beach

Master of Science with Specialization in Biomedical Engineering 
This program affords an opportunity for engineers and others to advance their competency in analysis and design to better meet the high technology needs of local industry. Current examples of areas of emphasis are biomedical, communications, computer/communication networks and security, control systems and robotics, digital signal processing, digital and computer systems, electromagnetics and optics, electronics, engineering mathematics, networks and filters, power, and wireless communications. Students can choose thesis or non-thesis alternatives. A limited number of laboratory and teaching assistantships are available to qualified graduate students.

Joint PhD Program with a Concentration in Biomedical and Clinical Engineering
The Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics, offered jointly by the College of Engineering at CSU Long Beach and The Claremont Graduate University, allows students to pursue doctoral programs in most areas of engineering and applied mathematics including biomedical and clinical engineering. The College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has the primary responsibility for the engineering portion of the program, and the Department of Mathematics at The Claremont Graduate University (CGU) has the primary responsibility for the applied mathematics portion. The program of study for each Ph.D. candidate is carefully integrated to ensure the interdisciplinary nature of each student’s research.


CSU Northridge

Master in Assistive Technology Engineering
Unlike traditional biomedical engineering programs, the master’s degree in Assistive Technology Engineering enables students who are focused on the engineering, design and manufacture of assistive technology devices to study and collaborate with students whose focus is on assistive technology assessment, advocacy and counseling, ie the “human services” side of the equation. The focus of the program is the design of products to sustain and improve the quality of life for our aging population. The program involves industry advisors from Boston Scientific, Stellar Microelectronics, and other employers in the LA Basin. This program is designated as a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program.


San Jose State University

Biomedical Engineering
The campus offers biochemical and biomedical engineering programs that blend traditional engineering and subjects in the biological sciences with specially developed courses and labs. Degree options include master of science with thesis in biotechnology/biochemical engineering, bachelor and master of science degrees in engineering with a biomedical devices concentration and an undergraduate minor in biomedical engineering. Graduates of the department find jobs in Silicon Valley and beyond in all kinds of industrial sectors, including microelectronics, biomedical devices, biotech and pharmaceuticals, alternative energy, environmental remediation, health and safety.


San Diego State University

Degrees in Bioengineering
Bioengineering is a discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology and medicine, and improves human health through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate engineering with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice. San Diego is one of the centers of biotechnology and bioengineering companies in the U.S., providing opportunities for trained individuals to work in these competitive yet rewarding fields. SDSU offers graduate education in bioengineering at the master’s and doctoral level, preparing students to work with complex technology that is increasingly used to extend and save human lives. Our program values the diverse perspectives of students with undergraduate degrees from engineering and the sciences, providing the flexibility to tailor the curriculum to the student’s interests and needs.