If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more.
- The University of California, San Diego is one of the top colleges in the world.
- Like other schools, it offers online courses through edX and Coursera.
- Below are 11 free UC San Diego courses, including the popular Learning How to Learn.
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:
Sign up for notifications from Insider! Stay up to date with what you want to know.
Subscribe to push notifications
Python for Data Science
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.
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.
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.
The Science of Parenting
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.
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Insider Reviews team. We highlight products and services you might find interesting. If you buy them, we get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. We operate independently from our advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback. Email us at email@example.com.