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college degrees?
    #532523 - 01/26/02 11:09 PM (22 years, 1 month ago)

hi there, just wanted to ask professional mycologists what major they had in college and what other classes they took in their college career, thanks


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Re: college degrees? [Re: hippy_lettuce]
    #533484 - 01/27/02 11:02 PM (22 years, 1 month ago)

bump, can anyone help me?


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Re: college degrees? [Re: hippy_lettuce]
    #533882 - 01/28/02 11:07 AM (22 years, 1 month ago)

you would probably be taking some biology.


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Re: college degrees? [Re: hippy_lettuce]
    #537405 - 01/31/02 11:49 PM (22 years, 1 month ago)

I don't think many professional mycologists visit here so I'll try to answer.

I suppose the classes would depend on the type of mycologist. Most mycological professionals study some specific genus of mold, mushroom or yeast. Many study molds and yeasts because many make useful antibiotics and other substances, cause diseases in plants and animals and they are everywhere.

Mushrooms are less studied because they don't impact human lives quite as much a molds and yeasts (less impact, less profit potential, less jobs). Most mushroom scientists study ways in which to improve culivated varieties and increase yields. Very few do taxonomy which isn't a profitable industry so must be funded by grants.

I would recommend a general Biology degree to start. Good classes would be Microbiology, Botany, Genetics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Zoology, Scientific Writing, and of course Mycology (if you can find it).

The most helpful class I took for illicit mushroom culture was microbiology. You do a lot of work with agar and sterile technique in the lab.

I think you will find that many mycologists have a degree in an unrelated field and just by happenstance now work in mycology. College educated is college educated. Just because you studied to be something doesn't mean you are stuck with that choice. Experience means more than the type of degree, but you do need some sort of degree to get that head start.


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