Course description

This course introduces students to the basic data analysis and programming tools commonly used throughout the life sciences. Students will develop skills in R programming, including data wrangling and cleaning, the principles of open and reproducible science, building maps, and simple linear regression. We will use data sets and case studies from historic data collected at Shoals Marine Lab (e.g., intertidal count data, video fisheries observations, marine mammal censuses). Students will also collect field data while at the Shoals Marine Lab. The class culminates with a small group project analyzing a dataset, writing up findings in R markdown, and presenting to the course.

Lecture/Computer Lab course for a total of 3 credits over two weeks through Shoals Marine Lab. The first week of the course is online and the second week takes place on Appledore Island.


Intro statistics and biology courses recommended, but not required.

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Previously offered classes

Summer 2023:

Section ID:BIOSM 2350 001-LEC
Program:Marine Science - Shoals Marine Laboratory
Session:Summer Extra-session
Class dates:May 30-June 12, 2023
Final exam/project due:Monday June 12, 9 AM - 12 PM / TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room:TWRF 9 AM - 12 PM / TBA
Mode of instruction:Hybrid (online+in person)
Max. enroll:12
To enroll:

This class requires an application or instructor consent to enroll.

The first week (May 30 - June 2) the course is online. The second week (June 5 - 12) takes place on Appledore Island (Gulf of Maine).