BIOPHYS 117 - Introduction to Programming in the Sciences
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Biophysics (BIOPHYS)
Department: LSA Biophysics
Requirements & Distribution:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Interactions with computers are ubiquitous throughout the sciences and engineering, and a general and working knowledge of the structure and architecture of computing languages and interfaces to programming are critical tools for scientists today. Moreover, learning a computer language, writing computer code and translating basic mathematical expressions into algorithms are skills that strongly enforce problem solving and logic and reasoning skills. This course is designed to address these issues through the systematic exploration of computer programming languages and environments. Homework assignments are structured to engage the participants in learning the basic skills that are necessary to interact with computing environments, and specifically Unix, as well as introduce key programming languages and paradigms. The course will be structured as a “working laboratory” with students working individually and as teams to solve the assigned homework problems.

Course Requirements:

Assignments will range from in class exercises and small group programming projects. There will be three exams covering each of the subject areas. Finally, there will be a small programming project and presentation of the results.

Intended Audience:

Freshmen interested in learning how to utilize computer programming as a tool in the natural sciences.

Class Format:

The intention is to run this course as a flipped classroom with reading assignments associated with each section being distributed before class (2 days) and class time utilized to work on programming examples and small group projects. This class will be highly interactive.

BIOPHYS 117 - Introduction to Programming in the Sciences
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001 (LAB)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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