This semester, I’m taking five classes:

  1. BME425: Medical Imaging
  2. BISC320: Molecular Biology
  3. EE301: Linear Systems
  4. BME403: Physiological Systems
  5. COMM443: Communicating Health Messages and Medical Issues

In Medical Imaging, I will be learning about all of the different modalities within medical imaging – ultrasound, MR, CT, X-ray, etc. We will learn about the physics behind the imaging, which is really cool to understand how these systems actually work! I’m especially excited about this class because, as I mentioned in my last blog post, I got to learn a lot about imaging systems at GE this summer. I’m hoping that some of the things that I learned this summer will help me get a head start in this class!


Molecular Biology is all about the structures of molecules like DNA or protein in our bodies. We will learn about the synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins, and we’ll learn a lot about genetics.


In Linear Systems, we are learning how to represent and analyze linear systems both by hand and on Matlab. This is a math-heavy class, where we learn and utilize convolution, Fourier series and transform, and Laplace transform. In our first lab, we learned how to create a Matlab program where we could input an audio signal into a system and create an output with either an echo or a low-pass frequency filter.


Physiological systems is a class where we learn to put a mathematical model to each of the physiological systems of the body, specifically the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and musculoskeletal systems.


Communicating Health Messages and Medical Issues is a class based around exploring the physician-patient relationship and what the best modes and styles of communication are between the two. This will be my first communications class that I have taken, so I am excited to see what communications classes at USC are like! So far, I really like the style of the class because it is very discussion based and interactive.


Overall, I am very excited about this semester! I have a nice variety of classes, and I am excited to learn in each of these classes. This semester is off to a great start, and I can only imagine it getting better as my professors get deeper into the material!


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Lauren Pelo-2015

Lauren Pelo-2015

Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2015, Learn more on her profile here!

One Comment

  • Ajay Wahid says:

    Hey Lauren, my name is Ajay Wahid and I’m a senior at Beckman High School in Irvine. I read your blog above and I found it very interesting. I applied to Viterbi recently as a Biomedical Engineering major and I would like to know more about the program. Do you think you would have some time to talk to me about it? I would like to learn as much as I can about USC’s great program. Thanks. I look forward to hearing back from you!