Bioinformatics: Life Sciences on Your Computer

What makes bioinformatics education exciting is that people of a variety of education levels can get started quickly, with just a computer and internet access.

About The Course

The DNA sequencing revolution has exploded and new, inexpensive technologies have led to sequences being determined faster than they can be analyzed. Bioinformatics brings together biology, math and computer science into a quickly emerging discipline that turns the computer into a scientific research lab.

The relevance of bioinformatics extends to many disciplines, including health science, molecular biology, genetics, drug discovery, biochemistry, cell biology and education. Its impact is significant. Many scientific researchers with advanced degrees are going back to school to learn computer techniques that have become as essential to new discovery as pipettes and flasks.

This course will introduce some important basic bioinformatics concepts while allowing for the adventurous to explore some topics in further depth if desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

What resources will I need for this class?
A computer with a good Internet connection is what students need for this course. Somewhat recent Mac, Windows (XP or later), or Linux computers are sufficient.

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

Will this course prepare me for a career in bioinformatics?
This course would be a fine start for those who wish to pursue formal or informal training in bioinformatics.