Turf Management

Turf Management offers training for a wide variety of industries from golf courses to sports fields to parks departments with a focus on environmental awareness and appreciation. The study of turf management includes: turfgrass application, installation and management; equipment operation and maintenance; and irrigation system installation. Students in the program have the opportunity to participate in a work experience as part of the program to gain relevant hands-on and field experience to prepare for the industry. The program can be completed fully or partially online depending on student learning preference. The Turf Management curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.

Degrees

  • Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Turf Management
    This technical degree prepares the student with the practical knowledge and experience necessary to join the turf maintenance industry in a number of entry-level or mid-level positions, and to obtain the technical advantage with which the individual may move quickly to mid-management positions within the industry.
  • Turf Management Certificate
    This certificate is equivalent to the first three quarters of the AAS Degree in Turf Management.

Courses

  • TURF 101 Turf Equipment Operations I
    Students will operate and maintain turf equipment, including mower units, top dressers, soil aerators, trimmers, sprayers and miscellaneous turf equipment. They will also develop a practical costing of equipment plan which emphasizes safety.
  • TURF 122 Turf Maintenance Practices
    Students are introduced to the methods used in maintenance of sports fields, parks, school grounds, and golf courses. It prepares students for cooperative work experience and for entry into the turf industry.
  • TURF 191 Cooperative Work Experience
    Students work in a job directly related to the turf management industry. This formal training period is agreed upon by the student, employer, and instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • TURF 192 Cooperative Seminar
    Students examine issues related to student's cooperative work experience focusing on effective workplace relationships. They evaluate how self-knowledge, perception, attitudes, and behavior affect workplace relationships and job satisfaction. Students will also develop effective learning skills for workplace and educational success. Co-requisite: TURF 191.
  • TURF 197 Project Research
    Students will plan and make a proposal for a 3 to 6 month work experience and explore leadership skills in a turf related industry.
  • TURF 199 Special Topics
    In collaboration with your Instructor/Advisor, establish an appropriate project with identified and measurable learning outcomes. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • TURF 201 Turfgrass Cultural Practices
    Students are introduced to turfgrass cultural practices. Topics covered include turfgrass types and cultivars, turfgrass uses, selection of grasses, turfgrass fertilization and fertilizer selection, water needs of the grass plant and irrigation, renovation practices, future trends, and turfgrass assessment techniques.
  • TURF 215 Turf Diseases and Insects
    This course concentrates on fundamentals of entomology and plant pathology to set the stage for working with the specifics of turfgrass problems. lt is an introduction to the identification, study of life cycles, ind control of insects and diseases as well as specific problems and their controls on turfgrasses.
  • TURF 291 Cooperative Work Experience II
    Students are employed in jobs directly related to the turf management industry. This formal training period is agreed upon by the student, employer, and instructor. Demonstrations of gas and diesel engines, electrical, power trains, and hydraulics are done, in order that students are able to perform simple tune-ups and repairs on equipment. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • TURF 292 Cooperative Seminar II
    Students will contribute to discussions related to their cooperative work experience that focus on effective workplace relationships and applying leadership skills to promote personal development. They will also demonstrate effective communication skills, resolve conflicts, build teams, and engage employees in decision making. Co-requisite: TURF 291.
  • TURF 297 Special Projects
    Students will prepare a PowerPoint presentation to defend their previously approved project from their 3 to 6 month work experience and exploration of leadership skills in a turf related industry. Their presentation can be made in person or online. Prerequisite: TURF 197 or TURF 191.

Degrees

Degrees

  • Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Turf Management
    This technical degree prepares the student with the practical knowledge and experience necessary to join the turf maintenance industry in a number of entry-level or mid-level positions, and to obtain the technical advantage with which the individual may move quickly to mid-management positions within the industry.
  • Turf Management Certificate
    This certificate is equivalent to the first three quarters of the AAS Degree in Turf Management.

Courses

Courses

  • TURF 101 Turf Equipment Operations I
    Students will operate and maintain turf equipment, including mower units, top dressers, soil aerators, trimmers, sprayers and miscellaneous turf equipment. They will also develop a practical costing of equipment plan which emphasizes safety.
  • TURF 122 Turf Maintenance Practices
    Students are introduced to the methods used in maintenance of sports fields, parks, school grounds, and golf courses. It prepares students for cooperative work experience and for entry into the turf industry.
  • TURF 191 Cooperative Work Experience
    Students work in a job directly related to the turf management industry. This formal training period is agreed upon by the student, employer, and instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • TURF 192 Cooperative Seminar
    Students examine issues related to student's cooperative work experience focusing on effective workplace relationships. They evaluate how self-knowledge, perception, attitudes, and behavior affect workplace relationships and job satisfaction. Students will also develop effective learning skills for workplace and educational success. Co-requisite: TURF 191.
  • TURF 197 Project Research
    Students will plan and make a proposal for a 3 to 6 month work experience and explore leadership skills in a turf related industry.
  • TURF 199 Special Topics
    In collaboration with your Instructor/Advisor, establish an appropriate project with identified and measurable learning outcomes. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • TURF 201 Turfgrass Cultural Practices
    Students are introduced to turfgrass cultural practices. Topics covered include turfgrass types and cultivars, turfgrass uses, selection of grasses, turfgrass fertilization and fertilizer selection, water needs of the grass plant and irrigation, renovation practices, future trends, and turfgrass assessment techniques.
  • TURF 215 Turf Diseases and Insects
    This course concentrates on fundamentals of entomology and plant pathology to set the stage for working with the specifics of turfgrass problems. lt is an introduction to the identification, study of life cycles, ind control of insects and diseases as well as specific problems and their controls on turfgrasses.
  • TURF 291 Cooperative Work Experience II
    Students are employed in jobs directly related to the turf management industry. This formal training period is agreed upon by the student, employer, and instructor. Demonstrations of gas and diesel engines, electrical, power trains, and hydraulics are done, in order that students are able to perform simple tune-ups and repairs on equipment. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • TURF 292 Cooperative Seminar II
    Students will contribute to discussions related to their cooperative work experience that focus on effective workplace relationships and applying leadership skills to promote personal development. They will also demonstrate effective communication skills, resolve conflicts, build teams, and engage employees in decision making. Co-requisite: TURF 291.
  • TURF 297 Special Projects
    Students will prepare a PowerPoint presentation to defend their previously approved project from their 3 to 6 month work experience and exploration of leadership skills in a turf related industry. Their presentation can be made in person or online. Prerequisite: TURF 197 or TURF 191.