The Fungal Kingdom

Fall 2018
Junior - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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From mushrooms, antibiotics, and high-fructose corn syrup to yeasts, “acid-washed” jeans, and bioremediation, humans have been using fungi for thousands of years. Fungi play fundamental roles in terrestrial ecosystems as recyclers of organic matter and as partners with plants and algae to form mycorrhizae and lichens. This upper-level program will focus on understanding these unique and pivotal organisms through exploring the taxonomy, ecology, biology, and physiology of fungi and lichens.

Our program time will consist of fieldwork, laboratory work, lectures, workshops, and seminars. We will take one-day field trips and two multi-day field trips. There will be an emphasis on learning relevant field methods to assess biodiversity of lichens and fungi, along with developing laboratory skills to identify lichens and fungi using microscopic, chemical and genetic techniques.

We will expect students to research topics in the primary scientific literature and to summarize and share their findings with the entire class. Students will have opportunities for independent directed work, both individually and in small groups. Students will also have the chance to further their skills in technical writing, library research, critical thinking, and public presentations. Credit equivalencies for the program include mycology, lichenology, lichen taxonomy, fungal taxonomy, and scientific writing.

If you are a student with a disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact the faculty or the office of Access Services (Library Bldg. Rm. 2153, PH: (360) 867-6348; TTY (360) 867-6834) prior to the start of the quarter. If you require accessible transportation for field trips, please contact the faculty well in advance of the field trip dates to allow time to arrange this.



8 credits of general biology and 4 credits of ecology/natural history.

Fall 2018 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16): 10031

Academic details

Preparatory For

ecology, biology, natural history, education, and environmental studies.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$450 for multi-day field trips.

Upper Division Science Credit

Up to 16 credits of upper-division science may be earned by students who successfully meet all the program learning objectives.


In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
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First Meeting

SEM 2 B1107 - Workshop


Date Revision
2018-08-30 Fee changed from $420 to $450
2018-02-21 Fee increased (from $385 to $420).