CMSE Bioinformatics Spring 2018 Courses

The Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering will offer the following Bioinformatics Modular courses in Spring 2018. These courses use the flipped-classroom philosophy of having students watch video lectures online and come to class to apply the tools to scientific data.  They will run from 3:00 - 4:50pm, Mondays and Wednesdays, location TBA.  Each module is worth 1 graduate credit.

  • CMSE 890 - Sec 301 (Jan 8 - Jan 31): Programming Foundations for Bioinformatics
  • CMSE 890 - Sec 302 (Feb 12 - Mar 14): Statistical Analysis and Visualization of Biological Data
  • CMSE 890 - Sec 303 (Mar 26 - Apr 18): Intro to Data Handling: Unix and Python

The first module will introduce students to programming in R with biological examples.  No experience is necessary but students are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops. The second module will introduce students to basic statistics with an emphasis on analyzing scientific data, interpreting p-values, and making descriptive plots.  Students need to have R programming experience equivalent to CMSE890:301 (the first module).The third module will introduce students to Unix and Python with an emphasis on using these to handle and modify huge scientific data files on the MSU HPCC.  No experience is necessary but prior programming experience is encouraged (the first module). 

Postdocs, faculty, research staff, etc interested in auditing, can register for the concurrent workshop to access online materials. The cost is $50 per person per module for Spring 2018 (expect the price to increase in future semesters). 

To register for the workshop so that you can sit in on the class visit:  If you get a permissions error, please go to  Click on Google Drive and log in using your MSU NetID and password.  Then try clicking the link again.


For more information, please contact: Alexis Black(

Course Flyer: /sites/default/files/20171128_CMSE890SpringFlyer.pdf