Fundamentals of Computing Specialization
Prepare for Advanced Computer Science Courses. Learn how to program and think like a Computer Scientist
About this Specialization
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
Rice University is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the U.S. and the top 100 in the world. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the refund policy?
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Can I just enroll in a single course?
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.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.
Can I take the course for free?
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.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
The Specialization is designed to be completed in 6-9 months.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Knowledge of high school mathematics is required. No previous programming knowledge is required.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
We strongly encourage students to take the courses in the Specialization in the listed order. Each class builds on the previous classes.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
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.
Why should I pursue this Specialization?
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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