EEB 401 - Advanced Topics in Biology
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Introduction to Scientific Programming for Evolution and Ecology
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Department: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Intended for senior majors. The prerequisites will be set by the instructor as appropriate for each section.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will provide a general introduction to scientific computing and programming for biologists, with an emphasis on applications to evolutionary biology and ecology. The objective here is to go from no (or little) prior exposure to computer programming to having a
your own "toolkit" that you can tailor to a variety of applications. The course will cover core programming concepts using a high-level language that is rapidly becoming essential for genomics and bioinformatics (R). We will learn to program powerful numerical simulations; to automate
analyses and manage workflows; to effortlessly process vast amounts of data; and to use programming languages to produce publication-quality graphics that will save you much time and effort.

Required materials: A laptop computer. All in-class examples will use the Mac OSX 12 or higher operating system, but programming exercises/example will be platform independent. I also recommend that you bring a flash drive for data emergencies (e.g., you need to share a data file with peers during class). A power cord or fully-charged computer may be important as you may be using it for several hours. There is no required text for the course.


EEB 401 - Advanced Topics in Biology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
Tu 6:00PM - 9:00PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
MWF 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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