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Trevor Branch
FISH 552
Seattle Campus

Introduction to R Programming for Natural Scientists

Introduces R, a freely available and widely used platform for statistical analysis. Covers reading, storing, and manipulating data; introductory graphics; basic statistical analyses; and fitting linear models. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

Covers a basic introduction to the open-source and widely used R statistical programming language. FISH 552 is run in the first half of the Fall quarter, following by FISH 553 (Advanced R) which is run in the second half of the Fall quarter. Many students take FISH 552 and FISH 553 in the same quarter.

Student learning goals

Run simple statistical analyses in R

Load and manipulate data in R

Write simple programs in R

General method of instruction

Each 2 hr period is a combined lecture / lab in a computer lab. Lectures will be interspersed with classroom exercises in R.

Recommended preparation

Download and install R, and Rstudio to your personal computer. No required textbook but Beckerman & Petchey "Getting started with R" is a simple introduction.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly homework to practice R coding.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Course website for 2012
Last Update by Trevor Branch
Date: 07/19/2013