Turfgrass Management (TURF)


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.

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



Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Turfgrass Management (TURF)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
LH 105Horticulture Occupations ( B) 111
LH 120Soil Science and Plant Nutrition ( T) 223
LH 125Turfgrass Management ( B) 223
LH 130Woody Plant Materials ( T) 153
LH 140Landscape Operations ( B) 233
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
Semester 2  
BUS 190Professional Practices ( B) 101
LH 151Landscape Design 1 ( T) 233
LH 110Horticulture Science ( G) 233
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
XXX XXX Computer Elective (T)  223
MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G)  303
Semester 3  
LH 135Herbaceous Plant Materials ( T) 233
LH 165Landscape Construction ( T) 233
LH X9X Cooperative Education Elective 1: Landscape Horticulture (T)  1402
Semester 4  
ACC 101Financial Accounting ( B) 223
LAW 101Business Law ( B) 303
LH 160Irrigation Design, Installation, and Management ( T) 233
XXX XXX Management/Marketing Elective (B)  303
Semester 5  
LH 210Turfgrass Pests and Controls ( T) 223
LH 240Landscape Management ( T) 233
LH 255Golf Course and Athletic Field Management ( T) 233
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective or Social/Behavioral Science Elective (G)  303
Semester 6  
LH X9X Cooperative Education Elective 2: Landscape Horticulture (T)  1402
Total Credits:  5012067


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
Computer Elective
LH 155Computer-Aided Landscape Design3
IM 111Computer Applications 13
IM 112Computer Applications 23
IM 120Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Management/Marketing Elective
MGT 101Principles of Management3
MGT 105Human Resource Management3
MGT 120Entrepreneurship3
MGT 130Project Management3
MKT 101Principles of Marketing3
MKT 105Marketing and Customer Relations3
MKT 130Professional Selling3
Mathematics Elective
MAT 105Quantitative Reasoning3
MAT 111Business Mathematics3
MAT 115Pre-Statistics3
MAT 120Technical Mathematics3
MAT 125Algebra and Trigonometry4
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
Cooperative Education Electives (4 credit hours required)
LH 191Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Landscape Horticulture1
LH 192Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Landscape Horticulture1
LH 193Part-Time Cooperative Education 3: Landscape Horticulture1
LH 194Part-Time Cooperative Education 4: Landscape Horticulture1
LH 291Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Landscape Horticulture2
LH 292Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Landscape Horticulture2

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Mark Deacon, MS
(513) 569-1644
Heather Augustine, MS, LEED Green Associate
(513) 569-1645
Co-op Coordinator
Brian Hooten, MAOL
(513) 569-1634
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