Our region has one of the highest diversities of fleshy fungi of anywhere in North America, and much of this course focuses on identifying the major genera and species that inhabit this area. During the course, students make several forays into the field to collect samples. In addition to identification, students also learn about fungal growth and reproduction, fungal ecology, and uses of fungi for food and medicine. Although edibility of wild mushrooms is discussed and students have the opportunity to sample some edible species that are found, this course is not intended to make students experts on identification of mushrooms for human consumption. This course includes a mandatory weekend field trip.Prerequisites: BIO 1160 General Biology, and BIO 2020 Ecology or ENS 2010 Applied Ecology.