Course Details

  • Online, asynchronous
  • 8 weeks | June 1 to July 23, 2021
  • 3 credits | $1,596
  • Last day to register: May 25, 2021
  • Prerequisites: BIO 101 or BIO 102

Course Overview

Computers are essential for many aspects of biology. Basic programming is required for everything from accessing and managing data to statistical analysis and modeling. This course will provide an introduction to data management, manipulation, and analysis, with an emphasis on biological problems. The course will be taught using R, but the concepts learned will easily apply to other programming languages that are common in the field of Bioinformatics.

Course Advantages

Computers are increasingly essential to the study of all aspects of biology. Data management skills are needed for entering data without errors, storing it in a usable way, and extracting key aspects of the data for analysis. Basic programming is required for everything from accessing and managing data to statistical analysis and modeling. 

This course provides an introduction to data management, manipulation, and analysis, with an emphasis on biological problems. The class will typically consist of short video lectures, readings, question and answer sessions, and hands-on computing exercises. The course will be taught using R, but the concepts learned apply to all programming languages. No background in programming is required.

Additional Information

Faculty will contact all students after the Tuesday, May 25, registration deadline.

The course materials are open-source and can be previewed here: https://r4bio.devbioinformatics.org/, which is adapted from https://datacarpentry.org/semester-biology/ .

About the Instructor

Robert Harbert

Assistant Professor of Biology & Bioinformatics
Prof. Harbert is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Bioinformatics. With more than four years of teaching in both biology and programming for both undergraduate and graduate students, Prof. Harbert is committed to the education of the modern biology student. Prof. Harbert has a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Cornell University and has worked at the American Museum of Natural History and Stonehill College. His research projects are in both geospatial and genomic bioinformatics.

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