Mushroom Science and Technology, Minor

Program Code: MST_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
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
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
PPEM 405Microbe-Plant Interactions: Plant Disease and Biological Control3
PPEM 425Biology of Fungi4
PPEM 496Independent Studies2
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Introduction to Agricultural Business Management
ENT 202
Introduction to Entomology
Food Microbiology
Laboratory in Food Microbiology
Introductory Microbiology
Introductory Microbiology Laboratory

Academic Advising

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.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

John Pecchia
Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
319 Buckhout Lab
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1008
jap281@psu.edu

Career Paths

Careers

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.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY
319 Buckhout Lab
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1008
jap281@psu.edu

http://plantpath.psu.edu/directory/jap281