Princeton University introduces a 6-week online Bitcoin course on Coursera, offering to study the computer science behind bitcoin. The first course session titled “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies” begins on 4 September, 2015.

This spring, Princeton has launched a publicly available course on cryptocurrency technologies, which included 11 lectures and some chapters of the future textbook with exercises. After having received a lot of positive feedback from students, the developers are now presenting the upgraded version of the course supplemented with new quizzes and tests. 

According to the course description students will learn how to separate bitcoin facts from fiction and will have a solid background on the subject:

“You’ll have the conceptual foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network. And you’ll be able to integrate ideas from Bitcoin in your own projects.”

The course will be taught in English and will require 3 to 5 working hours a week from attendees. The syllabus covers a wide range of topics, including introduction to cryptocurrencies, decentralising nature of this technology, a guide on how to store and mine bitcoins, bitcoin and anonymity, and even an insight into the possible future of this digital currency.

The developers have also finished working on a textbook that closely follows the structure of the cryptocurrency course. The textbook will be published by Princeton University Press.

The world-leading universities keep up with the times and add courses on cryptocurrency and bitcoin technology to their educational programs. CoinFox reported earlier that Stanford University has launched a course on digital currency as a part of the online Cyber Security Graduate Certificate program this year. The new course is intended for information security professionals, web developers, and computer network architects.


Daria Petushkova