Turfgrass Science - BS

Curriculum in Turfgrass Science is administered by the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. Students following this curriculum develop and utilize basic scientific knowledge to understand the most fundamental resources—turfgrass, soils, and water—and the interaction of these resources in different environmental settings. The required courses provide an essential foundation, while the elective courses (i.e., ornamental horticulture, plant protection, business, landscape architecture) can be selected to meet the interests, needs and objectives of individual students.

Turfgrass Science prepares graduates for careers in: management—golf courses, athletic fields, public, private or commercial grounds; production agriculture—turfgrass production, or plant breeding; agribusiness—seed sales, turf equipment and supplies, landscape contractor, commercial or home lawn care specialists; education—consulting, extension, or public relations.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
SCSC 205 Problem Solving in Plant and Soil Systems 3
American history 1 3
Communication 1 3
Government/Political science 1 3
Mathematics 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
AGEC 105 Introduction to Agricultural Economics 3
COMM 203 Public Speaking 3
American history 1 3
Government/Political science 1 3
Mathematics 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
Select one of the following: 3
General Entomology  
Principles of Integrated Pest Management  
Turfgrass Pathology  
Weed Management and Ecology  
Language, philosophy and culture 1 3
Directed elective 3 3
General elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 222 Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
HORT 201 Horticultural Science and Practices 3
Select one of the following: 4
Botany  
Introductory Biology I  
Fundamentals of Chemistry II  
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
 
College Physics  
Select one of the following: 3
General Entomology  
Principles of Integrated Pest Management  
Turfgrass Pathology  
Weed Management and Ecology  
Creative arts 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
SCSC 301 Soil Science 4
SCSC 302 Recreational Turf 3
SCSC 312 Professional Development in Turfgrass 1
Select one of the following: 4 3
Vegetation Sampling Methods and Designs in Ecosystems  
Elementary Statistical Inference  
Statistical Methods  
Directed elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
RENR 205
Fundamentals of Ecology
or Forage Ecology and Management
3
SCSC 309 Water in Soils and Plants 4
SCSC 428 Advanced Turf Ecology and Physiology 3
Directive elective 3 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
MGMT 309 Survey of Management 3
SCSC 429 Turf Management Systems 4
Select one of the following: 5 3
Brazilian Agriculture and Food Production Systems  
International Agricultural Research Centers - Mexico  
Internship  
Research  
General elective 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
SCSC 307 Crop Biology and Physiology 4
SCSC 427 Sports Field Construction 4
SCSC 430 Turfgrass Maintenance 3
SCSC 481 Senior Seminar 2
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120