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UC Santa Cruz Short Course

The UC Santa Cruz Summer Short Course in Bioinformatics and Coding introduces students to essential data science skills for application in genomics, cancer research, and other biomedical applications. NO prior experience required! 100% online. Read our news story about one of our past courses.

What you will learn:

  • Fundamentals of programming in Python
  • Best practices for naming files and staying organized on a Unix-based server
  • Knowledge about common biological data formats -Work with real-world data and be
  • able to reproduce scientific findings
  • How to visualize data in an aesthetic and functional way
  • How to use cutting edge genomics tools such as UCSC Xena and the UCSC Genome Browser

100% ONLINE instruction will include hands-on workshops and small group work in a friendly and supportive learning community. This is an introductory level course – no prior experience with bioinformatics or coding is required.

See last year’s short course materials.

Summer 2024 Short Course

Check back for applications in Spring

Who should apply: community college students who are interested in transferring to a four-year institution; 1st or 2nd year students who are already at a four-year college or university.  

Our goal is to increase the numbers and capabilities of minority scientists and science professionals, and we especially encourage scholarship applications from students who are members of populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education and in genomic research: African American, Native Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan, Hispanic, Latina/o, and Chicana/o.

For more information, contact the Genomics Institute Office of Diversity:

Last modified: Mar 22, 2024