11 free online courses you can take from UC San Diego in 2021 – Business Insider

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To expand accessibility, the University of California, San Diego offers a plethora of its courses online through e-learning platforms edX and Coursera. It also joins many top colleges — including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UPenn, Columbia, and Cornell — in making many of these online courses completely free.

Many of these courses offer optional, paid certificates of completion to add to your resume or LinkedIn. Additionally, UC San Diego also has several longer paid programs you can take online, from Coursera’s Big Data Specialization ($49 per month) and Object-Oriented Java Programming Specialization ($49 per month) to edX’s MicroMaster programs in Data Science ($1,260) and Algorithms and Data Structures ($1,080).

Whether you’re interested in pursuing some of these programs (and want to test-run a course first) or just wish to take a class for fun, we outlined some of the most popular courses you can take for free.

11 free online UC San Diego courses:

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Python for Data Science

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Part of the edX Data Science MicroMasters program, this course teaches students how to use Python as well as tools like Pandas, Git, and Matplotlib to analyze, manipulate, and visualize complex data sets.

$350.00 from edX

Computer Graphics


Part of edX’s Professional Certificate in Virtual Reality (VR) App Development, this course breaks down the fundamentals of 3D graphics, teaches you how to write and develop programs to create 3D scenes, and covers the basics of graphics programming with OpenGL and GLSL.

$99.00 from edX

Machine Learning Fundamentals


Part of the edX Data Science MicroMasters program, this course explores the role machine learning plays in data analysis and decision-making, showing students how to create systems that learn from experience and build predictive models using data sets.

$350.00 from edX

The Science of Parenting

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This course is intended to debunk myths and opinions about best parenting practices, using science to help parents make informed decisions on factors like diet, sleep, discipline, learning, screen time, and even vaccination.

$49.00 from edX

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