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Are you interested in learning how to program (in Python) within a scientific setting? This course will cover algorithms for solving various biological problems along with a handful of programming challenges helping you implement these algorithms in Python. It offers a gently-paced introduction to our Bioinformatics Specialization (, preparing learners to take the first course in the Specialization, "Finding Hidden Messages in DNA" ( Each of the four weeks in the course will consist of two required components. First, an interactive textbook provides Python programming challenges that arise from real biological problems. If you haven't programmed in Python before, not to worry! We provide "Just-in-Time" exercises from the Codecademy Python track ( And each page in our interactive textbook has its own discussion forum, where you can interact with other learners. Second, each week will culminate in a summary quiz. Lecture videos are also provided that accompany the material, but these videos are optional....



17. Apr. 2016

I give this course 5 star because I did Bioinformatics I and I totally enjoy it.

This is where programming can be fun, and practical, and you'll learn some basic biology too.

What's not to love?


14. Apr. 2020

A very good course for those who has some (at least a little) experience in programmimg! I really loved it, it was challenging sometimes, especially in the end, but I did it and learned a lot.

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von Florian H

14. Juli 2020

Gets quickly very confusing and difficult. Also, do the Codeacademy Python class before even starting this course.

von Kyle S

6. Okt. 2020

Programming Level is NOT FOR BEGINNERS. The Codecademy was useless when compared to the coding assignments given.

von Ojochenemi E

12. Sep. 2020

the coding aspect were neither clear nor easy enough for a biologist who is new to programming to grasp

von Shana M

20. März 2021

Steptik images in week 4 aren't showing up which means its impossible to understand what's going on

von dheeraj K

23. Dez. 2020

in my opinion, this course is hard for beginners. i do not have computer background in programming

von Celine A

16. Juli 2020

Too complicated for a beginner's course, the quizzes don't match the stepik chapters.

von Haritha I J

6. Juli 2020

It is hard for beginners. Especially for some who has no computer lesson background.

von Víctor R D

15. Aug. 2020

It has been the most stressful and frustrating course, certainly not for beginners.

von Spencer P

16. Juni 2020

Its called Bioinformatics for "Beginners", when it is still extremely difficult.

von Vidya B

15. Juni 2020

This course is not for begginers. please change tag line.but good to learn

von Nabeel A

16. Nov. 2021

this course is too tough for the python and bioinformatics beginners.

von Jad A

19. Jan. 2021

Takes A LOT more time than they say and the explanations aren't clear


5. Nov. 2020

Really not for beginners. Wish i would know this before engaging.

von Vaishnavi I

8. Juni 2020

This course is definitely not for beginners.

von Lina S P R

9. Jan. 2021


von Sara R D

19. März 2022


von Rachel

10. Jan. 2022


Although the course description states that it is suitable for Python beginners, I am here to tell you it is NOT. They make you jump over and back to Code Academy at first, which I found very annoying as the Code Academy lessons were great and doable, but by the time I came back over to Coursera I had forgotten what they were talking about in the course. The texts that make up the main parts of the course, explain the biology parts very well, but I found the programming parts to be very badly explained using complex language. I would read it over and over again and still have no idea what they were trying to say. Perhaps text isn't the best medium for this course.

The jump in difficulty in exercises from CodeAcademy to this course was also *insane*. Idk HOW they expect us to have enough knowledge and experience to complete those exercises simply from the beginner python 2 course. It's just ridiculous. The comments are full of people complaining about the difficulty and others providing solutions. If it weren't for the comments I would not have finished this course.

Also a lot of the exercises, especially in unit three and four, require you to copy and paste a lot of the functions you've already written to use as subroutines. This becomes intensely frustrating trying to click back through your previous exercises to find them, or else you have to start keeping a document with all your functions in it to copy and paste.

I also disliked how they did not provide any hints if you got it wrong. Yes, I understand that's how debugging code works, it can be tedious and frustrating, etc, but for a so-called "beginner" course I think they should have provided some hint or maybe highlighted what you were getting wrong after a few attempts. It is very disheartening to get it wrong over and over with no offers of help and no idea how you can fix it.


In summary I feel like this course would be great for programmers who want to get into bioinformatics. I think it would be very compelling and interesting then, but for biologists, it makes you want to pull out your hair in frustration. I appreciate that it is a free course and definitely a lot of time went into making it from the creators, but if you're a beginner at Python like me, I would *highly* recommend you to take a different course, or become very comfortable with Python before taking it.

von Cecilia N

12. Juli 2022

It is telling that the vast majority of 5-star ratings seem to come from people with a background in programming. For those of without any programming knowledge, the sink or swim format of this course is unhelpful.

I think I would have learned a lot if the logic of the correct answers to the programming questions had been explained more clearly, if at all. Looking at answers of other students, I often saw syntax that had not been introduced in the course yet. I had to unenroll because this was supposed to be just for fun for me and it was just a headache.

von Kaelyn B

8. Nov. 2020

This course was supposed to be for beginners, but I found that this is not the case at all. I had to spend about 10 hours a week for about four months outside of the course using other resources to actually be able to complete it. The fact that each question in the interactive learner does not show the full code is extremely limiting and frustrating for people completely new to learning to code. I would not recommend this course to others as a result.

von Berea R A

20. Jan. 2021

As a biologist, I find this course way more avanced than for beginners.

The Codecademy links provided are useful and do teach the basics of programming, however the Stepik tasks associated are far beyond what's explained on Codecademy, giving me the impression that to be able to pass this course you need to have a basics on programming more than on biology.

Mad respect to the biologists that are able to finish this course without going crazy.

von Michelle B

15. Mai 2022

Please be warned: You really need to know how Python works before taking this class. The suggested time frames for completion are absolutely insane for a true beginner. Week 1 suggests 4 hours, I'm a totall coding newbie and I've already spent at least 8 hours in Codecademy, which does not translate well to the Stepik tool. Guess I'll be eating this $49.

von Megan M

16. Jan. 2022

This course is mislabeled as being for beginners, and the time investment is way too large. As a biologist, it takes way too much of my time doing the Codecademy lessons and then the lessons in Stepik, which are poorly structured.

von Charly C

9. Juni 2021

Terrible el curso, mucha información está mal, loe ejercicios pesimamente explicados. Si sabes copiar y pegar puedes hacer el curso.

No lo recomiendo para nada, es una pérdida de tiempo, todo mal hecho. un asco de curso.

von Ralph H

15. Juni 2022

This course is never ever for Beginners of Python. Very poor didactics. The explanations are very short. If you want be totally discouraged of programming, you should do this course. It's really bad teaching.

von George K

26. Nov. 2020

This course is definitely not for beginners. It takes too much more time than it mentions and fails to guide beginners in the bioinformatics field properly. Would not recommend it at all.