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|Requirements for the Minor||22|
Requirements for the Minor
A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|BIOL 110||Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity||4|
|PPEM 405||Microbe-Plant Interactions: Plant Disease and Biological Control||3|
|PPEM 425||Biology of Fungi||4|
|PPEM 496||Independent Studies||2|
|Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|Select 9 credits of the following:||9|
|Introduction to Agricultural Business Management|
|Introduction to Entomology|
|Laboratory in Food Microbiology|
|Introductory Microbiology Laboratory|
The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.
Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.
Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
319 Buckhout Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Mushrooms are one of Pennsylvania’s leading cash crops. The mushroom industry is seeking college graduates to fill a wide array of both technical and managerial positions. Technical positions cover areas related to daily production, quality control, and food safety systems. This minor will give you a better understanding of mushroom cultivation as well as the current state of production systems throughout the United States. The minor adviser works closely with producers and is contacted by companies looking for employees on a regular basis.
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
Graduate studies in mushroom cultivation are limited; however, Penn State is unique in that it does offer graduate degrees where the student’s projects can be based on mushroom cultivation, and where the student has an opportunity to work directly with industry representatives if desired. The mushroom program is housed in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.