About this Specialization

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This Specialization covers much of the material that first-year Computer Science students take at Rice University. Students learn sophisticated programming skills in Python from the ground up and apply these skills in building more than 20 fun projects. The Specialization concludes with a Capstone exam that allows the students to demonstrate the range of knowledge that they have acquired in the Specialization.
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Beginner Level

Approx. 8 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

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Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 8 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Korean, German, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Romanian, Greek, Telugu...

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 7 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 1)

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Course2

Course 2

An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 2)

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950 ratings
243 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Principles of Computing (Part 1)

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479 ratings
77 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Principles of Computing (Part 2)

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299 ratings
45 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • 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 Specialization is designed to be completed in 6-9 months.

  • Knowledge of high school mathematics is required. No previous programming knowledge is required.

  • We strongly encourage students to take the courses in the Specialization in the listed order. Each class builds on the previous classes.

  • No.

  • You will be able to analyze a range of interesting application problems and write moderate-size Python programs (300-500 lines) that solve these problems.

  • This Specialization is based on the freshman Computer Science curriculum at one of the top-ranked universities in the world. The material is designed to be fun and challenging while helping you gain the skills necessary to be successful in advanced Computer Science classes.

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