First PINC class started

With the start of the fall semester, the first PINC cohort began the first class of the course series, Computing and App Design for Biologists (CS306). The class is designed by Professor Ilmi Yoon to introduce biologists to computational problem solving and important computer science concepts.

Professor Ilmi Yoon provides feedback to a student about their app.

The students have already programmed their first app using App Inventor for Android, a highly visual and intuitive blocks-based programming tool developed by MIT and Google. Students are able to test their apps in real-time with Android phones on loan to them while in the PINC program. In addition to the lectures, the students have also started their weekly meetings with their graduate student tutors from the computer science department.


More information about the upcoming PINC classes

We recently held two meetings for the new PINC students. In total 23 students came to our meetings to meet some of the professors involved, to enjoy some food, and – of course – to learn more about the class that starts in the fall. Happy to share the powerpoint slides here (made by professor Ilmi Yoon).


PINC students will start by learning to use app inventor and move on to JAVA later in the fall semester.


Students accepted to PINC program, first class starts in fall 2016

These are exciting times for those of us involved in the PINC program!

First of all, we got many applications from very motivated students and we have accepted a great group of students into the program! We will meet most of these students this week at the meetings we set up to meet with them.

Second, we are happy that the first PINC class will start in the fall. In this class, students will work on building an app for an Android phone to record and retrieve information about tick observations in the Bay Area. The class will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:35PM-1:50PM in Hensil Hall 245.

Note that this time and location is a change from earlier announcements, but a big improvement because we have a better room now, the class will be 2x 1.5 hrs instead of one long class late in the day and Dr Pleuni Pennings will be able to join the class.


Come have lunch with PINC on April 27th!


PINC Explanation Lunch (4/27 Wed 12:00-1:30, HH501)

Come join us for am informal lunch where we will provide information on the PINC program.
We will tell you about the PINC program and answer your questions, and also brainstorm possible research problems that we can work on as part of the PINC program. Please come and meet us!


The Biology and Computer Science departments at SF State are excited to announce a new program: Promoting Inclusivity in Computing (PINC) with the goal of attracting and supporting more Biology students to Computer Science.

A few faculty members from the Biology department have joined forces with the Computer Science department to design a program that lowers the barriers that Biology students experience in learning computer science skills. This program will expose students to basic computing topics such as web design, mobile app development, data structures, and algorithms. All classes in the PINC program are new and especially designed for biologists.

In the PINC program, biology majors will complete 15 units of computer science course work (5 courses spread over 4 semesters) that will allow the students to earn an “Emphasis in Computer Science”.

We invite you to explore this exceptional educational and research opportunity at SF State and if you are excited about the program, we hope that you’ll apply as soon as possible!


Applications are due on May 1st, 2016 to start in the fall of 2016. You can apply on the following website:


For a description of the courses that are part of PINC, have a look here.

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