Academic Certificate


Dig into the growing world of fungi

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Credits & Duration

  • 24 credits
  • 2-3 quarters


Start Term

  • Fall


  • Varies by course - see catalog

What You'll Learn

This 24-credit certificate program is designed for students and professionals seeking a foundation of knowledge and skills in mycology. This includes mycology training for natural resource managers, farmers, environmental scientists, restoration ecologists, and clinical social workers, health professionals, educators, and entrepreneurs.  

Interest in fungi for human health and the environment has exploded in the last decade. The value of specialty mushroom sales in the US exceeded $1 billion in 2021 and the psychedelic medicine industry has been projected to reach close to $7 billion by 2027. There is a need for individuals qualified to grow and evaluate the safety and effectiveness of medicinal and nutritional mushroom products, as well as their potential in biotechnology, psychotherapy, and bioremediation. These career paths require knowledge of fungal biology along with chemistry, skills in the cultivation, identification and culturing of fungi, and training in community-based, sustainable, and ethical business practices.  

Certificate Prerequisites 

Students need at least 8 credits of college-level biology before taking the core courses: Medicinal Fungi and Environmental Applications of Fungi. Topics covered in previous biology courses should have included cell and molecular biology, diversity of life, ecology and evolution. 

Email if you have questions about these prerequisites. 

Certificate Coursework

This certificate consists of 24 undergraduate credits. Students complete 16 credits of core coursework and select 8 credits from elective offerings. Core coursework can be completed in any order.

To earn this certificate, students must earn upper division science credit in the core courses: Medicinal Fungi and Environmental Applications of Fungi. While students may be eligible to receive upper-division credit in Topics in Mycology Seminar and Psychedelics, it is not needed to earn the certificate. Upper-division science credit is considered junior-senior college level work. Other colleges/universities often use course numbers 300-499 to signify that a course is upper division. 

Core coursework:

Medicinal Fungi - Winter quarter, 8 credits*
Environmental Applications of Fungi - Spring quarter, 8 credits*

*Students must earn upper division science credits in these courses to earn the certificate.

Electives (select 8 credits):

Fungi for Human Health and the Environment - Fall quarter, 8 credits
Topics in Mycology Seminar - Winter quarter, 4 credits
Psychedelics - Spring quarter, 4 credits

Which elective(s) should I pick? 

If you are new to mycology, selecting Fungi for Human Health and the Environment will give you a foundation in the broadest array of topics.   

If you have some experience in mycology, Topics in Mycology Seminar and Psychedelics will allow you to take you deeper into the field. These courses include library research and writing-based exploration of more advanced topics. For full course information, click on the course links above.

Learn more about courses in the Academic Catalog