Global Change Science Analytics with R taught by Dr. Matthew R. Helmus is an interdisciplinary course that provides an overview of how researchers use data to solve global problems such as climate change, mass extinction, pandemics, and poverty. Students explore interdisciplinary data, from economics to public health, and learn a marketable skill: communicating data with R, an intuitive statistical computer language. The course is project-based, no prior coding experience is necessary, and no tests are given. Instead, assessment is on project progress and communication of a global change problem of their choice. The most successful students leave class with the quantitative skills to go out and solve our most pressing problems. All majors are welcome!
Below are the final projects produced by students who took the course. These examples span the range of R techniques learned and ideas explored. Before this class, most of these students never had training in R or computer programing.
Example Final Undergraduate Projects