About this Specialization

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Join Us in a Top 50 MOOC of All Time! How do we sequence and compare genomes? How do we identify the genetic basis for disease? How do we construct an evolutionary Tree of Life for all species on Earth? When you complete this Specialization, you will learn how to answer many questions in modern biology that have become inseparable from the computational approaches used to solve them. You will also obtain a toolkit of existing software resources built on these computational approaches and that are used by thousands of biologists every day in one of the fastest growing fields in science. Although this Specialization centers on computational topics, you do not need to know how to program in order to complete it. If you are interested in programming, we feature an "Honors Track" (called "hacker track" in previous runs of the course). The Honors Track allows you to implement the bioinformatics algorithms that you will encounter along the way in dozens of automatically graded coding challenges. By completing the Honors Track, you will be a bioinformatics software professional! Learn more about the Bioinformatics Specialization (including why we are wearing these crazy outfits) by watching our introductory video. You can purchase the Specialization's print companion, Bioinformatics Algorithms: An Active Learning Approach, from the textbook website. Our first course, "Finding Hidden Messages in DNA", was named a top-50 MOOC of all time by Class Central!
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Beginner Level

Approx. 9 months to complete

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English

Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (Simplified), Spanish
Learner Career Outcomes
33%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 9 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (Simplified), Spanish

There are 7 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Finding Hidden Messages in DNA (Bioinformatics I)

4.6
stars
616 ratings
132 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Genome Sequencing (Bioinformatics II)

4.7
stars
240 ratings
49 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Comparing Genes, Proteins, and Genomes (Bioinformatics III)

4.7
stars
102 ratings
20 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Molecular Evolution (Bioinformatics IV)

4.6
stars
63 ratings
17 reviews

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • The print companion accompanying the Specialization is Bioinformatics Algorithms: An Active Learning Approach (Vols. 1 and 2).

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 4-6 months.

  • We require only a basic knowledge of high school-level biology and the ability to think technically.

  • We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.

  • Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • You will understand the ideas behind many different software tools that are used every day by biotech researchers, and you will know how to apply these tools to real datasets.

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