BOTAN 120 Introduction to Mycology • 6 Cr.


Surveys the study of fungi, emphasizing interrelationships with the plant and animal kingdoms. Topics include classification and naming, reproduction, fungi as pathogens of plants, mycotoxins, medicinal and/or shamanistic uses, edible mushrooms, fungal diseases, plant/fungus symbiotic relationships, and pest management.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Retrieve information from a variety of sources and evaluate this information for validity and cite research sources correctly.
  • Identify and classify fungal phyla and classes and fungus-like protists according to their morphological and pharmacological characteristics.
  • Compare and contrast basic fungal life cycles.
  • Explain the evolutionary role of selection related to the use of fungicides.
  • Describe the interdependence of mycorrhizae and plant growth.
  • Describe the role of sustainability in relation to nutrient cycles, biodiversity and ecosystems and the interdependence of fungi, bacteria and other life forms.
  • Describe pathogenic and toxic fungi and their effect on other life forms.
  • Describe the diversity of fungal foods and medicines used by humans.
  • Evaluate the search for and use of fungal medicines in relation to environmental and social justice.