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Introduction to Computer ScienceAlgorithmic Design The Science of Wellbeing

Computer Science

"I do not fear computers. I fear lack of them."

- Isaac Asimov

The details:

This ExploreMYX is designed to introduce you to the courses required for a major in computer science. Along with a major in Artificial Intelligence, a major in computer science is among the most technologically advanced and demanding majors out there. It is alos one of the most fascinating! Computer science includes the study both of the architecture of computers and the foundations of computing, from computer languages to algorithms, network design, data modeling and artificial intelligence. Computer science is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing from both engineering and mathematics at its foundations while employing techniques as far ranging as probability and statistics on the one hand and circuit design on the other. It is the basic tool for exploring the artificial world as psychology is basic to exploring the human one. This ExploreMYX is the perfect way to learn first hand if majoring in computer science is the right choice for you.

Leading explorers:

Anil Jain, Alan Turing, Barbara Liskov

How long it’ll take:

1 semester

Out of pocket:


exploremyx: Computer Science


Introduction to Computer Science

Introduction to Computer Science

This is CS50x , Harvard University's introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for majors and non-majors alike, with or without prior programming experience. An entry-level course taught by David J. Malan, CS50x teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, Python, SQL, and JavaScript plus CSS and HTML. Problem sets inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming. The on-campus version of CS50x , CS50, is Harvard's largest course.

What you'll learn

  • How to think algorithmically and solve programming problems efficiently

  • Concepts like abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development

  • Familiarity in a number of languages, including C, Python, SQL, and JavaScript plus CSS and HTML

  • How to develop and present a final programming project to your peers


Algorithmic Design

Algorithmic Design

How do you optimally encode a text file? How do you find shortest paths in a map? How do you design a communication network? How do you route data in a network? What are the limits of efficient computation?

This course, part of the Computer Science Essentials for Software Development Professional Certificate program, is an introduction to design and analysis of algorithms, and answers along the way these and many other interesting computational questions.

You will learn about algorithms that operate on common data structures, for instance sorting and searching; advanced design and analysis techniques such as dynamic programming and greedy algorithms; advanced graph algorithms such as minimum spanning trees and shortest paths; NP-completeness theory; and approximation algorithms.

After completing this course you will be able to design efficient and correct algorithms using sophisticated data structures for complex computational tasks.

What you'll learn

  • How to represent data in ways that allow you to access it efficiently in the ways you need to

  • How to bootstrap solutions on small inputs into algorithmic solutions on bigger inputs

  • Solutions to several classic optimization problems

  • How to critically analyze whether a locally optimal approach (greedy) can provide a globally optimal solution to a problem


The Science of Wellbeing

The Science of Wellbeing

In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

What You'll Learn

  • Gratitude
  • Happiness
  • Meditation
  • Savoring

This work totals 115 hours over the course of 15 weeks

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Introduction to Computer ScienceAlgorithmic Design The Science of Wellbeing