University of Michigan’s College of Engineering announced Wednesday that it will offer online classes for the first time, offering free software developers and students the chance to learn the basics of computer science and the programming languages they need to make their own products and software.
The courses, to be offered by the University of Mizzou’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Program, will be free to all undergraduates.
The courses will start in the fall of 2018, and they will be available through the university’s online classes portal.
The new program, called the Computing in Society initiative, aims to increase the number of computer scientists in the United States.
In 2016, the Department of Energy awarded the University more than $3 million for a grant to provide the program, which includes training in data structures, machine learning, and computational fluid dynamics.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Department to offer our students access to the world-class training and experience they need,” said University of Maryland School of Computing Dean Michael Niebla.
With an enrollment of about 1,000, the university is one of just five universities in the country that offers the Computer Science courses.
It is not the first major U.S. university to offer the courses, which are part of a larger effort by the Department and the university to create an online learning environment for all its students.
Nieblab said the Computing initiative was launched to bring students together across disciplines in the U.M. to build on their academic and career potential.
“This program is a natural extension of the University’s efforts to develop a more comprehensive curriculum for students across the U, including in the field of computing,” he said.
This will be the first year that the Computer Sciences and Engineering program has offered courses to the general public, but the university has not yet decided on the next steps, including the course titles or how they will teach students.
The program was established by the DOE in response to the rising costs of education and is funded by the Energy Department, the National Science Foundation and the U-M Foundation.
The department has been working to improve the computer science curriculum since 2014, when the university launched the College of Computing.
The curriculum includes more than 80 courses, with a focus on topics like computer vision, data science, machine vision, robotics and artificial intelligence.
Some of the courses will be offered in a single class, with the rest being available as individual classes.
For more information on the program or to enroll, visit the Computing Initiative website at https://cse.umich.edu/cse/program/computer-science.