January 2022 Update: 

After two years away due to the pandemic, are hoping to bring back in-person classes for How to Learn to Code this summer!
We are currently recruiting teachers for this program. If you are interested in teaching beginner R, beginner Python, or helping to develop intermediate coursework, please reach out to HLC Director Kat Furtado at kfurtado@unc.edu. 
If you are unable to attend our in-person classes, you can still gain some exposure and coding skills at home. CodeAcademy and Udacity (currently offering 30 days free) are popular online programming courses that may be of interest.

UNC How to Learn to Code

Need to find better, faster ways to analyze your data? Want to make your repetitive computer tasks quick and easy? Just want to be able to better communicate with bioinformaticist or add a set of skills to your repertoire? Not sure where to start because it’s overwhelming on your own??

How to Learn to Code (HLC) is a summer miniseries about the basics of computer programming/coding for biological research. HLC is run and taught by graduate students, post docs, and data scientists at UNC. The program is free and designed to introduce biological researchers (students/postdocs/faculty/staff) to foundational coding skills and tools they can apply to their own work. This program was named How to Learn to Code because coding is a continual learning process, even for experts, and not everything can be taught in one summer. This program aims to equip individuals with approaches on how to advance their skills in the future for their own specific data analysis goals.

Beginner participants can choose to learn either Beginner R or Python. Zero to minimal previous experience is expected.

Participants with previous experience can register for the Intermediate Python course. You should either have previous Python experience or experience in another language and be comfortable learning Python syntax quickly. Please contact us if you have questions about the specifics of this option.

Please see the course pages and FAQ for further information.

Certificate of Completion

We also offer a Certificate of Completion of this program to add to your CV/resume.

To receive the certificate , participants must:

  1. Attend 80% of small group classes
  2. Participate in small group lessons, homework
  3. Participate in end-of-class presentations
  4. Complete exit survey



UNC How to Learn to Code is sponsored by UNC TIBBS: http://tibbs.unc.edu