THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE

 

FACULTY SENATE

 

Senate Document Number 6310S

 

Date of Senate Approval 04/08/10

 

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

 

 

APC Document 50:  Create a new course, BIOL 357, Mycology    

 

 

Effective Date: Fall 2010

 

 

1. Add: On page 86, new course BIOL 357, Mycology:

 

357 Mycology (4)

An introduction to the fungal kingdom with a focus on the fleshy fungi. Topics include classification and diversity of fungi, the economic importance of fungi in terms of both beneficial (e.g. yeast) and harmful (e.g. pathogens) species, and the ecological roles of fungi as decomposers, nutrient cyclers, and mycorrhizae. The lab portion of the course will include forays for collecting fungi and field identification, as well as microscopy techniques for identifying fungi. Prerequisite: BIOL 210 or 211. Even years Fall.

 

 

2.  Delete: On page 82, under Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology:

 

"three courses from BIOL 322, 331-337, 340 or 348, 342, 350, 351, 356, 360, 365"

 

Add: On page 82, in place of deleted entry:

 

"three courses from BIOL 320, 322, 331-337, 340 or 348, 342, 350, 351, 356, 357, 360, 365"

 

 

 

3. Delete: On page 134, under Concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology:

19 hours of Ecology and Biology electives chosen from BIOL 210 or 211 (whichever is not selected above), 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 337, 340, 342, 350, 360;

 

Add: On page 134, in place of deleted entry:

19 hours of Ecology and Biology electives chosen from BIOL 210 or 211 (whichever is not selected above), 320, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 337, 340, 342, 350, 357, 360;

 

Impact Statement: 

We are adding BIOL 357 as a permanent offering to be taught in Fall of even years This course will serve as an upper level Ecology and Evolutionary Biology course in the Biology department and an upper level Ecology and Environmental Biology course in the Environmental Studies department. There is no increase or decrease in the number of hours required for graduation in either of these concentrations. This course has been offered in the past as a special topics course. No additional laboratory space or equipment is necessary. The teaching load will be 6 faculty contact hours (lecture and lab) every other year.

 

Rationale:  

This course is both ecological and organismal in nature and takes advantage of the incredible fungal diversity found in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The addition of this course allows students majoring in both Biology and Environmental Studies a greater diversity of upper level Ecology and Organismal Biology electives to choose from while completing their major. The addition of this course to the curriculum allows students to explore the fungal kingdom which is largely ignored in other course offerings.