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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 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 Muhamed A

Sep 23, 2021

Awesome course not for complete beginners (on average)...

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.

By Daxin W

May 6, 2020

Great course, I am no my way to bioinformatics!

By Feiyang M

Nov 18, 2016

Good class, great for beginners to get started!

By Erik T

Jul 9, 2016

It really has helped me programming on Python.

By Badr B J

Nov 27, 2020

Challenging yet rewarding.

Fantastic course!

By Francisco F

May 10, 2020

Great course! Will recommend to my students

By Zhi N

Feb 8, 2017

True introduction to Bioinf.

It helps a lot.

By Gustavo M J

Dec 24, 2016

Very helpful and well designed, thank you !

By Arpita P

Aug 5, 2020

Very informative and helpful for beginners

By Alice T D

Jan 25, 2021

excellent introduction to bioinformatics!

By Lawrence L

Apr 27, 2019

Good Intro to Python for Bioinformatics.