Mushroom Science and Technology Minor

This interdisciplinary minor is designed to prepare students for a career in the mushroom industry. The minor offers practical work experience at the university's Mushroom Research Center.

The core of prescribed courses provides a foundation in the basic fundamentals of mushroom science and technology. Independent study courses may be selected by the student to emphasize various aspects of Agaricus or specialty mushroom production. A period of internship or a field experience is required.


Students are required to complete a minimum of 22 credits for the Mushroom Science and Technology Minor. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Prescribed Courses (13 credits)

  • BIOL 110 (4) (Sem: 5-8) Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity
  • PPEM 405 (3) (Sem: 5-8) Microbe-Plant Interactions: Plant Disease and Biological Control
  • PPEM 425 (4) (Sem: 5-8) Biology of Fungi
  • *PPEM 496 (1-18) (Sem: 5-8) Independent Studies

*The student must select, in consultation with the Mushroom Science and Technology adviser (Dr. John Pecchia), at least two credits of PPEM 496 Independent Studies with the university's Mushroom Research Center.

Additional Courses (9 credits)

Select 9 credits from:

  • AG BM 200 (3) (Sem: 3-8) Introduction to Agricultural Business Management
  • ENT 202 (3) (Sem: 3-8) The Insect Connection
  • ENT 313 (2) (Sem: 3-8) Introduction to Entomology
  • FD SC 408 (2) (Sem: 3-8) Food Microbiology
  • FD SC 409W (3) (Sem: 3-8) Laboratory in Food Microbiology
  • MGMT 150 (3) (Sem: 3-8) Supervisory Management
  • MICRB 201 (3) (Sem: 3-8) Introductory Microbiology
  • MICRB 202 (2) (Sem: 3-8) Introductory Microbiology Laboratory

Last revised by the department: Spring Semester 2015.

Enrollment Procedures

Students may apply in LionPATH for admission to the Mushroom Science and Technology minor. Select the Undergraduate Students tab; in Quick Links select Log in to LionPATH Student Center; then select Update Academics. If you encounter problems with the minor application process, please contact the Registrar's Office or view LionPATH's Using Update Academics tutorial video for assistance.

Please refer to LionPATH for additional information or consult with your major adviser if you are considering declaring a minor.

For additional information regarding the Mushroom Science and Technology minor, contact the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (814-865-7069) or Mushroom Science and Technology minor adviser Dr. John Pecchia.

Contact Information

John A. Pecchia, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Research Professor
Phone: 814-865-1008