Simpson College Offers an Intro to Plant Science


Are you interested in understanding a foundational, basic working knowledge of plant science? Simpson College is presenting three, one-hour seminars, a sort of “corn and soybean boot camp” focused on plant growth, corn and soybean development, and pests and insecticides. All DuPont Pioneer employees are invited to attend.

Wednesday, May 29              Monday, July 1              Monday, July 15

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Carver Center Auditorium

In addition to DuPont Pioneer’s partnership with Simpson College to provide these plant science sessions, Simpson College is also offering a four-credit course in Introduction to Plant Biology from its curriculum from the Department of Science. The course is available free of charge on an audit basis (for knowledge, but not for credit). Degree-seeking students can apply for tuition reimbursement in using the DuPont Pioneer process outlined on MyPioneer. Classes will be held at Simpson’s Ankeny campus on Tuesday evenings from May 28 through July 16.

Course description: BIO 145 Introductory Plant Biology Topics will range from basic characteristics in structure and function that all plants share, as well as evolution and classification of the incredibly diverse group of Kingdom Plantae.

The course will include specific components that help illustrate the importance of plants to humans from early agriculture to modern day. Laboratory exercises will help give hands-on experience with plant anatomy, plant classification, and basic research techniques that plant scientists might use. For more information about this course at Simpson College, contact: Katie Princehouse at 515-961-1845 or

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