Chevron Left
Back to Biology Meets Programming: Bioinformatics for Beginners

Learner Reviews & Feedback for Biology Meets Programming: Bioinformatics for Beginners by University of California San Diego

1,224 ratings
371 reviews

About the Course

Are you interested in learning how to program (in Python) within a scientific setting? This course will cover algorithms for solving various biological problems along with a handful of programming challenges helping you implement these algorithms in Python. It offers a gently-paced introduction to our Bioinformatics Specialization (, preparing learners to take the first course in the Specialization, "Finding Hidden Messages in DNA" ( Each of the four weeks in the course will consist of two required components. First, an interactive textbook provides Python programming challenges that arise from real biological problems. If you haven't programmed in Python before, not to worry! We provide "Just-in-Time" exercises from the Codecademy Python track ( And each page in our interactive textbook has its own discussion forum, where you can interact with other learners. Second, each week will culminate in a summary quiz. Lecture videos are also provided that accompany the material, but these videos are optional....

Top reviews

Apr 17, 2016

I give this course 5 star because I did Bioinformatics I and I totally enjoy it.\n\nThis is where programming can be fun, and practical, and you'll learn some basic biology too.\n\nWhat's not to love?

Apr 14, 2020

A very good course for those who has some (at least a little) experience in programmimg! I really loved it, it was challenging sometimes, especially in the end, but I did it and learned a lot.

Filter by:

126 - 150 of 369 Reviews for Biology Meets Programming: Bioinformatics for Beginners

By Ahmed A A M S

Aug 25, 2017

Very insightful in the Bioinformatics field, for those considering it as a career

By Sashank K S

Jun 25, 2020

Excellent concept. I loved the programming exercises and how they were presented

By Thomas D

Nov 8, 2019

Nice course for somebody with just a little knowledge of biology, genetics etc.

By Teng W

Jan 19, 2019

课程内容深入浅出,语言趣味横生,我非常喜欢这门课程,非常喜欢Pavel Pevzener. 掌握适当python基础的童鞋学习起来会比较顺利,否则会感到吃力。

By Sibgatullah Z

May 22, 2021

I had a wonderful journey in this course. I am looking forward to learn more.

By Hewan D

Nov 8, 2020

Interesting and challenging course. I have to revise it again to master it.

By David D

Aug 1, 2016

Nicely designed course. Frustrating at times but well worth the effort.

By Crisamei M

Apr 18, 2019

Fun and easy to follow course! And the instructor is not boring :D

By Jinna B

Apr 30, 2020

it is an interesting experience for beginners! really learn a lot!

By Jiashuai Z

Feb 28, 2018

I learned a lot, especially programming

thought in Biology.


By George C

Apr 9, 2018

Amazing use of biological problems/question and python language!

By Nguyệt N Á

May 9, 2020

This course is quite hard for a beginner but it is so much fun.

By Thomas M S

Sep 23, 2017

Very interesting introduction to both bioinformatics and Python

By Joseph R

Mar 5, 2017

Really interactive and challenging. I learned a lot. Thank you.

By David E

May 24, 2020

Great hands-on experience. Very interesting field. Thank you!

By Ahmad A

Nov 30, 2018

Amazing course, I wish every course would be of this level

By Tiffany T

Nov 1, 2020

a little bit hard for the beginner, very interesting tho!

By 戚新明

Aug 30, 2016

The interactive design in the course makes me impressive

By Amine L

Jul 4, 2017

Too bad we can't use NodeJS/Javascript for this course

By Josh H

Jun 3, 2020

Really enjoyable, great information, and challenging

By Shivam S

Jan 31, 2019

Great introduction to the field of bioinformatics.

By 李嘉鑫

Jul 2, 2017

Because of the course,UCSD is now my dream school!

By Aulia M

Oct 8, 2016

Really helpful to understand basic bioinformatics.

By Jamshaid S

Aug 29, 2019

Amazing Course. Highly recommended for beginners.

By Dr. R P P

Oct 21, 2020

Very useful and well organized course structure.