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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 17, 2016

I give this course 5 star because I did Bioinformatics I and I totally enjoy it.

This is where programming can be fun, and practical, and you'll learn some basic biology too.

What'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.

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By Mufeeda C

May 22, 2020

I would suggest this course who have intermediate knowledge in programming, not for beginners.

By Parth P

Aug 15, 2020

this was an awesome way of learning! especially the external interactive tool is jus amazing!

By Divyanshi T

Apr 20, 2020

it was an amazing course, i have learned so much and would definitely recommend it to others.

By pratik

Jan 22, 2017

Good course for someone beginning in bioinformatics with background on computer programming.

By Edgardo P F J

Aug 11, 2020

Provides a good introduction to bioinformatics. Perfect for those interested with the area.

By Aakash R D

May 17, 2020

A very good course for people who know biology well and are computer science engineers

By Wujiduan

Aug 13, 2019

An excellent course for the beginners who want to start learning about bioinformatics!

By Pietro D L

Jul 28, 2016

Excellent course for beginner like me!!!

Thank again for introducing me to this matter.

By Muhit I

Jul 17, 2020

Very good course to start learning Bioinformatics with a focus on python programming.

By Anusha S

Jan 11, 2023

Great course to understand the basic mathematics that goes behind genetic sequencing

By Wichayapat T

Aug 30, 2020

Good starting course for a programmer who doesn't have much knowledge on the biology

By Qiang C

Jan 1, 2018

I have got to understand how to search motifs and do motifs alignments using pythons

By Pablo R M

Apr 10, 2017

Excellent course! Instructors are great and the exercises using Stepik are awesome

By Ahmed A A M S

Aug 25, 2017

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

By Duy M T

Aug 31, 2022

I understand the basic idea of this course. However, coding is the hardest part.

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 Muhammad S 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 d V C N

Apr 9, 2018

Amazing use of biological problems/question and python language!