IMHO, writing code is a skill like writing a language. It's not that you're expected to become a writer, but writing helps you everywhere.
And using "Apps" as an example is of course bogus. The thing you'll probably do with your "coding experience" is more like writing word macros, or change some lines within some open source program.
A friend of mine, a climatologist, said "You can't be a scientist today -- no matter which field -- without knowing how to write code". He's right.