Summer courses at Simpson are an excellent opportunity to finish early, get ahead or catch up. Simpson offers a variety of courses at flexible times and convenient locations to meet your educational needs, including online and face-to-face options. Look through the drop down lists below to see all the summer courses being offered this year and then fill out the form at the bottom to register today.

(All summer courses are offered through our Continuing & Graduate Programs but are open to all undergraduate students in addition to any adult learners.)

Undergraduate $415/credit
Graduate $550/credit
Audit $200/credit
*A technology fee of $6 will be added to each credit

If you have questions about summer enrollment, contact us at 515-309-3099  or

** This webpage and its form are only for summer registration.  If you would like to register for Spring or Fall Terms through our Continuing & Graduate Programs, click here.

Summer Session 1: May 29 to July 22, 2018

Online Courses

ACCT 250 WEB: Introduction to Accounting Systems 4cr.

This course will explore manually run accounting systems and then the use of computer applications 93 for the accounting function. This course will cover accrual accounting, journal entries, the year-end closing of accounts and the preparation of financial statements. Prerequisite: ACCT 201.

BIOL 104 WEB: Human Biology w/lab, SR 4cr.

A practical approach to basic structure and function of the human body with special emphasis on wellness and disease, cardiovascular health, nerve function, and contemporary health issues. Three lectures and one three hour laboratory period. Not for biology major credit. w/lab. SCIREASON.

CMSC 220 WEB: The Social Context of Computing EV, IL 4cr.

This course examines the role of computers and computing professionals in contemporary society. Topics include the history and development of computing, legal issues associated with computing (including the right to privacy, intellectual property rights, and liability), and social/moral issues associated with computing. ETHICS, INFOLIT.

MAGT 333 WEB: Organization and Behavior CL, OC 4cr.

This course is a study of the behavioral aspects of life within organizations, examining the individual, group and structural dimensions. Students participate in a semester-long group project culminating in a formal group presentation. It is suggested, but not required, that students take introductory courses in Psychology or Sociology before taking this course. Prerequisites: MAGT 131 and junior standing. COLLABLDR, ORALCOM.

MIS 145 WEB: Management Information Systems IL, QR 4cr.

This course covers the fundamentals of information systems with an emphasis on business intelligence 128 systems. The latest advances in these systems are covered along with topical references to ethical and societal issues. This course is designed to help students function more effectively and efficiently as managers, decision makers, and leaders in the business world. Students learn to use data analysis software for summarization and visualization of critical business data. Prerequisite: Experience using Microsoft Excel and Access. INFOLIT, QUANT.

SOC 101 WEB: Introduction to Sociology 4cr.

An introduction to the ways that group relations affect human behavior. Considers interactions between individuals, institutions, communities, and culture. Examines ongoing processes that shape society.

SPAN 105 WEB: Crossing Borders to Latin America GP, IC 4cr.

Study of contemporary issues in Latin America including immigration, the drug trade, and Latino identity. Course provides an exposure to Spanish in order to communicate with native speakers about cultural topics in Latin America. GLOBAL, INTRCUL.

SPSC 107 WEB: General Nutrition 4cr.

A study of the nutrients, where they are found, and how they are used by the human body; special emphasis on nutritional strategies for improved health, weight management, and athletic fitness.

SPSC 253 WEB: Sport and Fitness Management CT, OC 4cr.

This course will provide students with the understanding of the management principles and concepts used in sport and fitness organizations as well as the challenges such a positions presents. Problem solving, strategic planning and financial and economic principles will be examined in both sport and fitness arenas. Topics will also include facility and event management, sales, communications and broadcasting in youth, high school, colligate and professional sports. CRITTHNK, ORALCOM.

SPSC 312 WEB: Public and Community Health CL, WC 4cr.

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of public health and community health education and promotion. Particular emphasis is given to the seven areas of responsibility of an entry level health education specialist. The course will focus on the culture of a community, basic
epidemiological concepts, cultural competency and working with special populations, theories in health education, the process of health programming for various content areas, accessing and managing resources, advocacy skills, future trends in a global community, and effective communication techniques that focus on grant writing in public health. Recommended for junior or senior students. COLLABLDR, WRITCOM.

Face-To-Face Courses

SPSC 120 HBD: Functional Anatomy 4cr.
Indianola Campus Tuesdays 5:30 to 9:30pm

This course will focus on clinical anatomy and its specific application in movement, mechanics, and muscular exercise in relation to sports, posture, corrective exercise, and activities of everyday living. An introduction to biomechanics & gait analysis will be included.

SPSC 250 HBD: Personal Health & Wellness CL,OC 4cr.
Indianola Campus, Wednesdays 5:30 to 9:30pm

Personal Health emphasizes the importance of knowledge, attitudes, and practices relating to personal health and wellness. It is a course designed to expose students to a broad range of issues and information relating to the various aspects of personal health, which include the physical, social, emotional , intellectual, spiritual and environmental aspects. Topics of exploration include, but are not limited to: alternative medicine, violence in society, stress management, mental health, sexual health, substance abuse, family life issues, pregnancy and weight management.

ACCT 359 HBD: Gov't/Not-for-Profit Accounting  4cr.
West Des Moines Campus, Wednesdays 5:30 to 9:30pm

A study of the accounting practices applicable to governmental, religious, charitable, and other nonprofit organizations. Prerequisite: ACCT 341.

EDUC 321 HBD: Human Relations in Teaching: Diversity and Inclusion, DP 4cr.
West Des Moines Campus, Thursdays 5:30 to 9:30pm

Students will understand and deconstruct the impact of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, SES, ethnicity, language diversity, and other factors on equitable educational opportunity. Further, they will explore, confront, and proactively work to minimize the impact of one’s own biases on who they are as teachers and how one relates to/interacts with students, parents, administrators, and community members. Students will also understand the social structures and systemic “isms” (created by the intersection of diversity and power) within our society that if left unaddressed create gaping educational inequality. They will reflect upon said understandings and use such to plan for how one will integrate the various human relations issues, topics, knowledge, awareness, sensitivities, attitudes, and understandings into one’s own future classroom to create and maintain caring and democratic learning communities. To accomplish this, students will explore and utilize purposefully inclusive pedagogy and student engaging and empowering organizational structures to create within one’s own future classroom a learning and living community in which each and every student is valued, respected, and cared for as they are – and that each will see themselves and all others as persons of unique worth and possibility. STRONGLY recommended to be taken in junior or senior year. Prerequisites: EDUC 114, 118 and 222. DIVRSTY.

REL 120 HBD: Introduction to World Religions GP, CT 4cr.
West Des Moines Campus, Tuesdays, 5:30 to 9:30pm

This course provides a basic introduction to several major world religions, which may include
Buddhism, Hinduism, and Shinto from the Eastern tradition and Judaism, Islam, and Christianity from
the Western tradition. The course will acquaint students with foundational rituals, beliefs, and literature of the traditions, and will introduce the comparative study of religion. Students will become aware of global religious movements as well as the diversity of religious traditions currently practiced within the United States. GLOBAL, CRITTHNK.


Summer Session 2: June 25 to August 19, 2018

Online Courses

CJ 590 WEB: Special Topics Courts & Sentencing 4cr.

This course will provide a sociological perspective on the role of the courts in the criminal justice system. The ideals of the system will be contrasted with the results and functions. Special attention will be focused upon understanding the sentencing process and sentencing outcomes.

CJ 690 WEB: Special Topics Courts & Sentencing 4cr.

This course will provide a sociological perspective on the role of the courts in the criminal justice system. The ideals of the system will be contrasted with the results and functions. Special attention will be focused upon understanding the sentencing process and sentencing outcomes.

EDUC 233 WEB: Foundations of Special Education 4cr.

An introductory course which includes the philosophical, historical and legal bases for special education, implications of federal and state statutes, public policy, and the importance of the multidisciplinary team in providing appropriate education programming. Focuses on the collaborative and consultative roles of special education teachers and knowledge of family dynamics and parent rights to enhance parent involvement. The age span covers K through twelfth grade. Prerequisites: EDUC 114, and 118.

EDUC 312 WEB: Exceptional Learners (PK through High School) CL, IL 4cr.

An introduction to the wide range of abilities and needs of exceptional learners, including but not limited to talented and gifted students, those challenged in the areas of physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and career; English Language Learners, student who are at-risk, mobile students and families, etc. The goal is to identify educational strategies that will provide optimal learning experiences for all students. The legal basis for special education are presented, and the models of collaborative problem solving, differentiated instruction and co-teaching are emphasized. Prerequisites: EDUC 114, 118, 222. COLLABLDR, INFOLIT.

GEOG 128 WEB: Regional Geography of the Developed World 2cr.

This course offers an overview of the economically developed regions of the world through the lens of foundational geographic concepts of location, human-environmental interaction, and global economic patterns of people and places. Regions studied include North America, Europe (including Russia), Japan, Australia, and Antarctica.

JPN 105 WEB: Japan: Kimonos and Blue Jeans GP, IC 4cr.

An introduction to Japanese language and culture focusing on cultural products, practices, and perspectives related to traditions and customs, to daily life, and to the work world. GLOBAL, INTRCUL.

MIS 220 WEB: E-Commerce 4cr.

This course will cover topics associated with electronic commerce including information technologies and its impact on industries and organizational strategy, explore the process of developing and implementing e-commerce systems, identifying business opportunities, issues involving privacy, security, and marketing. Prerequisite: MIS 145.

PHIL 235 WEB: Health Care Ethics EV, CT 4cr.

The United States is experiencing a health care crisis. This crisis has two elements. The first element is the large and growing numbers of people who have no access to health care, people who have no health insurance, or people who have too little health insurance because of the rising costs of health 212 care. The second element is that once people receive health care, they are often not treated in ethical ways. In this course, we will study the roots of the crisis and how the tools of philosophical ethics can help us resolve it by asking: What is a just health care system? And, what kind of services must be included in a just health care system, (i.e. assisted death, abortions, infertility treatments, body enhancements)? ETHICS, CRITTHNK.

PSYC 220 WEB: Psychology of Gender CT, SR 4cr.

Students will use the science of psychology to explore how gender affects women’s and men’s social lives and gender relations. Topics such as sex-role socialization, gender stereotypes, sexism in the workplace, love and romance, and gender and violence will be discussed within a social psychological and experimental framework. The scientific method will be used to describe, explain, and make predictions concerning gender differences, gender similarities, gender relations, and sexism. CRITTHNK, SCIREASON.

SCJ 340 WEB: Race and Ethnic Relations, DP 4cr.

This course explores the dynamics and results of inter-group relations. Prejudice and discrimination are examined in both historical and international perspective. Among the concrete topics discussed are affirmative action, multiculturalism, institutional discrimination, and the interrelationship of sex, class, and ethnicity. DIVRSTY.

SOC 260 WEB: Courts and Sentencing, WC 4cr.

This course will provide a sociological perspective on the role of the courts in the criminal justice system. The ideals of the system will be contrasted with the results and functions. Special attention will be focused upon understanding the sentencing process and sentencing outcomes. WRITCOM.

Face-To-Face Courses

SPSC 273 HBD: Sport and Fitness Market 4cr.
Indianola Campus, Thursdays 5:30 to 9:30pm

This course is designed to assist students in creating and critiquing marketing promotion and public relation efforts specific to sport and fitness. Emphasis will be placed on the five P’s of sport marketing: product, price, promotion, place and public relations. Prerequisites: SPSC 253 and junior or senior status.

COMM 275 HBD: Gender, Race, Class & Media, DP 4cr.
West Des Moines Campus, Mondays 5:30 to 9:30pm

An exploration from the perspectives of marginalized groups in the United States of the ways that popular media represent our diverse and dynamic culture. The course focuses on images of race, class and gender in television, film and popular culture. DIVRSTY.

ECON 339 HBD: Corporation Finance 4cr.
West Des Moines Campus, Thursdays 5:30 to 9:30pm

Survey of the principles underlying the financial management of the modern corporation. Major topics include: corporate securities, ratio analysis, working capital, management of cash, receivables, inventories, plant assets, short term debt, long term debt, and owner's equity. Prerequisites: ECON 100 or 101 or 102; ACCT 201; ECON 135.

POSC 101 HBD: American Government, CE 4cr.
West Des Moines Campus, Wednesdays 5:30 to 9:30pm

An introduction to the basic elements of the American political system. Major topics will be the socioeconomic environment of American politics, the nature of the political process, problems in
constitutionalism and civil liberties, the institutions of government, the policy-making process, and the dimensions of contemporary political issues. CIVIC.


Summer Session Cross: May 29 to August 19, 2018

Online Courses

MATH 105 WEB: Quantitative Reasoning, QR 4cr.

A survey of quantitative topics to prepare students for college courses requiring quantitative reasoning skills. Interdisciplinary topics will build skills in these areas: descriptive statistics; graphical analysis with an emphasis on dimensional analysis and slope; problem solving and informal proof; functions, ratios and proportions. Emphasis will be placed on the use of technology and writing-to-learn mathematics. QUANT. Satisfies the Quantitative Literacy Competency.

Face-To-Face Courses

ACCT 345 WDM: Advanced Accounting 4cr.
West Des Moines Campus, Tuesdays 5:30 to 9:30pm

A study of specialized topics in accounting. Topics include accounting for leases, the statement of cash flows, the concept of full disclosure, accounting for business combinations, consolidation, and foreign currency transactions. Prerequisite: ACCT 342.

CIS 290 HBD: Business Data Communications 4cr.
West Des Moines Campus, Tuesdays 5:30 to 9:30pm

This course covers the fundamental concepts of business data communications. Topics include business information requirements, distributed data processing, public and private cloud services, data communications protocols and electronic interchange techniques, client-server systems, and an introduction to information management concerns such as security, privacy, and threats. Students will also be exposed to basic computer organization and operating systems concepts necessary to further an understanding of the issues involved in business data communications. Prerequisite: CMSC 155

CIS 385 WDM: CIS Capstone 4cr.
West Des Moines Campus, arranged

Students must work on either a significant research project, a significant software development project, or a development project as part of an internship. Prerequisite: Completion of at least one 300-level CMSC or CIS course, submission of a proposal, and senior standing.

CIS 386 WDM: CIS Capstone 1cr.
West Des Moines Campus, arranged

Students must work on either a significant research project, a significant software development project, or a development project as part of an internship. This is a one credit version of 385 for when a student is working on an internship or project in combination with another major that does not require an additional four credits of load. Prerequisites: Completion of at least one 300-level CMSC or CIS course, submission of a proposal, and senior standing.
Placement in a court, planning agency, or other criminal justice agency for a minimum of 120 hours of supervised fieldwork. Open to majors with Junior or Senior standing. WRITCOM.

ECON 135 WDM: Applied Statistics, QR 4cr.
West Des Moines Campus, Thursdays 5:30 to 9:30pm

Fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics studied through business applications. Topics include central tendency and variability, frequency distributions, elementary probability theory, binomial, normal, and t-distributions, sampling theory, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis. Prerequisite: One of: MATH 105/105T, MATH 130/130T, Math ACT of 22 or higher, or Math SAT of 530 or higher. Students majoring in a Social Science should take Soc/Psyc 210 rather than this course. Credit will not be given for both SOC 210 or PSYC 215 and ECON 135. QUANT.

EDUC 573 HBD: Master's Project 4cr.
West Des Moines Campus, Wednesdays 6:00 to 9:00pm