A unique introduction to biology for non-biologists CALS Impact Statement uri icon

abstract

  • In 1990, the Department of Plant Pathology offered a course titled "Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds" to undergraduate students at Cornell. The course was intended to be a comprehensive introdu"tion to microbes in the kingom Fungi" presented to students with little or no science background. The course was developed with conscientious effort by the teaching staff to avoid unnecessary technical jargon and to highlight those aspects of fungus life that might trigger student interest in additional, self-directed study. With passage of the 15th year of instruction in 2006, total cumulative enrollment has passed 4000 and the class has become one of the most noteworthy Cornell experiences graduating seniors recall in their years at the University.