- Schedule of Classes - June 12, 2021 7:14PM EDT
- Course Catalog - June 12, 2021 7:15PM EDT
Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021. Courses of Study 2021-2022 is scheduled to publish by July 1.
Students learn to identify mushrooms and other macrofungi we collect on a series of eight afternoon field trips to local forests. During evening labs, students practice identification skills, using keys and microscopes to observe and differentiate the diverse mushrooms we've collected. The course takes advantage of the peak Fall mushroom season in our region. Brief in-lab lectures introduce fungal diversity and the roles mushrooms play in Earth's ecosystems. Students must attend both lab times.
When Offered Fall (weeks 2-9).
Distribution Category (OPHLS-AG)
- Recognize a fungus when you see one.
- Distinguish a handful of common mushrooms in the field.
- Observe and describe in vivid detail the characteristics of any mushroom.
- Select an appropriate field guide or key, then integrate your observations to identify unknown mushrooms.
- Develop a collection of macrofungi from the local environment.
- Discuss the roles of fungi in the ecosystem.
- Be able to explain to others, convincingly, why fungi are cool.
Seven Week - First. Choose one laboratory and one field studies.
Credits and Grading Basis
2 Credits Graded(Letter grades only)
Class Number & Section Details
- WPlant Science Building 326
- Sep 8 - Oct 27, 2021
Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
Classes begin Sept. 8 and go for eight weeks. Enrollment preference given to undergraduates.
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