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

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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 18, 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?


Aug 16, 2017

I learned a lot from this difficult and time-consuming course! It covers biological concepts using Python. It made learning Python more interesting for me, since I have always loved biology.

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By Jinna B

May 01, 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 09, 2018

Amazing use of biological problems/question and python language!

By Nguyệt N Á

May 10, 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 C R

Mar 05, 2017

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

By David A E R

May 24, 2020

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

By Ahmad A

Dec 01, 2018

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

By 戚新明

Aug 31, 2016

The interactive design in the course makes me impressive

By Amine L

Jul 04, 2017

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

By joshua h

Jun 03, 2020

Really enjoyable, great information, and challenging

By Shivam S

Feb 01, 2019

Great introduction to the field of bioinformatics.

By 李嘉鑫

Jul 02, 2017

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

By Aulia M

Oct 09, 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.

By Daxin W

May 06, 2020

Great course, I am no my way to bioinformatics!

By Feiyang M

Nov 19, 2016

Good class, great for beginners to get started!

By Erik T

Jul 09, 2016

It really has helped me programming on Python.

By Francisco F

May 10, 2020

Great course! Will recommend to my students

By Zhi N

Feb 08, 2017

True introduction to Bioinf.

It helps a lot.

By Gustavo J

Dec 24, 2016

Very helpful and well designed, thank you !

By Arpita P

Aug 05, 2020

Very informative and helpful for beginners

By Lawrence L

Apr 28, 2019

Good Intro to Python for Bioinformatics.

By Yasin K

Aug 16, 2017

Great experience for bioinformatics