College Launches New Biomedical Engineering Major

biomed-blogStudents interested in the fast-growing field of biomedical engineering can now take advantage of the new BS in Biomedical Engineering being introduced by the CSULB College of Engineering.

The BSBME replaces the Bachelor of Science in Engineering – Option in Biomedical and Clinical Engineering (housed in the CSULB Electrical Engineering Department), and makes Long Beach the only CSU in Southern California to offer a dedicated biomedical engineering major.

“We are the first to go in this direction,” said Burkhard Englert, interim chair of the new Biomedical Engineering department. “We are filling an important need.”

The Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Irvine region is the country’s fourth top producer of biomedical engineering jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In addition, employment in the sector is expected to grow by 23 percent over the next decade, faster than other occupations. The growth is being driven by technology advances and an aging population.

The new BSBME will provide students with advanced training in biomedical engineering and develop workplace skills highly valued by employers.

Graduates will be able to apply knowledge of engineering, biology, bioinformatics, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, medical instrumentation and information systems, and health management and care systems.

Some students just beginning studies in the biomed option may be able to transition to the new major. They will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Department faculty include Shadnaz Asgari, Emel Demircan, I-Hung Khoo, Roger Lo, Maryam Moussavi, Hamid Rahai, and David Stout. For more information, visit