Turfgrass Management (TURF)

Description

Turfgrass Management graduates commonly work for golf courses, athletic field complexes, or lawn care companies. Students complete foundation horticulture courses, and then take specialized turf management courses. Core business courses prepare students for leadership roles in local businesses and municipalities.

Cooperative education employment for Turfgrass Management majors usually is completed at local golf courses, athletic facilities, or lawn care companies.

Related Programs

Program Code

TURF.AAB

Accreditation

The Turfgrass Management program is accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)
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Benefits

Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Properly maintain plants, turf grasses, and grounds
  • Sell turf management services.
  • Apply pesticides correctly and safely.
  • Diagnose and amend soils and turf nutrition deficiencies
  • Identify and manage turf pests.
  • Install, maintain, and manage irrigation systems
  • Specialize in athletic, commercial, private, or golf course turf management

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Construction Specialist
  • Golf Superintendent/Athletic Field Manager
  • Instructor/Curator/Writer
  • Irrigation Specialist
  • Landscape Designer/Landscape
  • Landscape/Grounds Manager or Foreman

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$28,000–$40,000 annually

Employment Outlook

Excellent. Green industry jobs are projected to increase significantly due to the advancement of new technologies. Graduate placement is extremely high because of a large number of existing employment opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 13 percent growth in employment by 2022.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • Ohio State University
  • University of Cincinnati

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Blue Ash Golf Course
  • Brightview
  • Cincinnati Parks Board
  • Great American Ball Park
  • Hamilton County Parks
  • Hyde Park Country Club
  • Paul Brown Stadium
  • Walt Disney World Resorts

Co-op Salary Projections

$9–$13/hour

Curriculum

Turfgrass Management (TURF)

 
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
LH 105 Horticulture Occupations ( B) 1 1 1
LH 120 Soil Science and Plant Nutrition ( T) 2 2 3
LH 125 Turfgrass Management ( B) 2 2 3
LH 130 Woody Plant Materials ( T) 1 5 3
LH 140 Landscape Operations ( B) 2 3 3
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
Semester 2      
BUS 190 Professional Practices ( B) 1 0 1
LH 151 Landscape Design 1 ( T) 2 3 3
LH 110 Horticulture Science ( G) 2 3 3
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
XXX XXX Computer Elective (T)   2 2 3
MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G)   3 0 3
Semester 3      
LH 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Landscape Horticulture ( T) 1 40 2
LH 135 Herbaceous Plant Materials ( T) 2 3 3
LH 165 Landscape Construction ( T) 2 3 3
Semester 4      
ACC 101 Financial Accounting ( B) 2 2 3
LAW 101 Business Law ( B) 3 0 3
LH 160 Irrigation Design, Installation, and Management ( T) 2 3 3
XXX XXX Management/Marketing Elective (B)   3 0 3
Semester 5      
LH 210 Turfgrass Pests and Controls ( T) 2 2 3
LH 240 Landscape Management ( T) 2 3 3
LH 255 Golf Course and Athletic Field Management ( T) 2 3 3
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective or Social/Behavioral Science Elective (G)   3 0 3
Semester 6      
LH 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Landscape Horticulture ( T) 1 40 2
Total Credits:   50 120 67

Electives 

First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3
Computer Elective  
LH 155 Computer-Aided Landscape Design 3
IM 111 Computer Applications 1 3
IM 112 Computer Applications 2 3
IM 120 Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel 3
English Composition Elective  
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Management/Marketing Elective  
MGT 101 Principles of Management 3
MGT 105 Human Resource Management 3
MGT 120 Entrepreneurship 3
MGT 130 Project Management 3
MKT 101 Principles of Marketing 3
MKT 110 Sales and Customer Relations 3
MKT 130 Professional Selling 3
Mathematics Elective  
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning for the Sciences 3
MAT 111 Business Mathematics 3
MAT 115 Pre-Statistics 3
MAT 120 Technical Mathematics 3
MAT 125 Algebra and Trigonometry 4
Arts/Humanities Elective or Social/Behavioral Science Elective  
Any Transfer Module course from ART, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, THE, or COMM 130  
or, any Transfer Module course from ECO, GEO, HST, LBR, POL, PSY, SOC, or SPN 101  

Contacts

Program Chair
Mark Deacon, MS
(513) 569-1644
Advisor
Heather Augustine, MS, LEED Green Associate
(513) 569-1645
heather.augustine@cincinnatistate.edu
Co-op Coordinator
Brian Hooten, MAOL
(513) 569-1634
brian.hooten@cincinnatistate.edu