Jun 24-Aug 02, 2019
Credit: 1 graduate
Instructor(s): Joseph Bradshaw

Course Description

Registration begins on March 25th - please register for CRN 11414.
This course will look at familiar seeds and their early growth into seedlings (with experimentation with the seedlings). You will  grow the little mustard known as Brassica, the Wisconsin Fast Plant. It is called the fast plant because it goes from seed to seedling to mature plant with flowers and fruits, and back to seed, in six weeks. In order to get the plant to grow satisfactorily, you must have a grow-light (shipped as part of your  materials) that can be on 24/7 (24 hours a day all week) for the entire six weeks, and you must get the seeds planted on Day 0.
The goals of this course are to...

  • Watch seeds germinate
  • Learn about uptake of water in seeds
  • Think about seeds as food
  • Observe how plants respond to gravity
  • Learn the parts of a flower
  • Act like a pollinating bee
  • Watch a flower part turn into fruit with seeds

You will keep journals with growth data, answer questions from the instructor based on your journals and the manual, and participate in discussions. If you are already familiar with Wisconsin Fast Plants, you can either participate in this class with more experimentation with your plants.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week to stay current and successfully complete this 1 graduate credit course.


Joseph Bradshaw, MS.


In service teacher. A general science methods course.

Target Audience

K-12 grade elementary teachers.

Time Commitment:

6-8 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • Botany for Gardeners, 3rd Edition, by Brian Capon. ISBN 978-1604690958
    This can be purchased online at for approximately $15.
  • Basic Seed Set. Item # 157950. This can be ordered at for approximately $15.
  • Wisconsin Fast Plants Trial-Sized Get Acquainted Kit. Item # 158690. This can be ordered at for approximately $13.
  • Individual plant light. Item # 666900. This can be purchased at for approximately $28. You can use your own light with an 150 W compact florescent bulb.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

Contact Joe Bradshaw at for questions regarding course content, or Kelly Boyce at for questions about registration policies.

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

Registration requires a PIN number. Learn how to find your PIN.

Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.