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College of Agriculture

Turf Science and Management

This Department of Agronomy option is for students interested in a career as a professional turf manager. A turfgrass manager oversees and implements management programs for the production, maintenance and performance of a variety of turfgrass areas like golf courses, lawn, athletic fields, parks and sod farms. Managing a high-quality, manicured turf that is subjected to intense use requires skill and experience. The Turf Science and Management curriculum is centered on basic scientific principles, technical agronomic information, business/management coursework, written/oral communication and problem-solving skills to prepare students to handle a wide array of potential career paths.

Credit Hours Required: 132 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year
First Semester
Second Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University)(3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(0.5) AGR 11300 (Introduction to Agronomy Academic Programs)(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(1) AGRY 11000 (Survey of Turfgrass Culture)(4) Biological sciences selective
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry)(3) Core economics selective
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)(3) Humanities selective
(3) MA 22000 (Introduction to Calculus) or
MA 22300
(Introductory Analysis I)
(4) Biological sciences selective
(16) (16)

Sophomore Year
Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(3) AGEC 31100 (Accounting for Farm Business Planning) or MGMT 20010 (Introductory Accounting for Non-Management Majors)(3) AGRY 21000 (Fundamentals of Turfgrass Culture)
(3) AGRY 25500 (Soil Science)(1) AGRY 21100 (Fundamentals of Turfgrass Culture Laboratory)
(1) AGRY 39800 (Agronomy Seminar)(3) AGRY 36500 (Soil Fertility)
(2) ENTM 20600 (General Entomology) (3) BTNY 30400 (Introductory Weed Science)
(1) ENTM 20700 (General Entomology Laboratory)(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods)
(3) Social science, humanities or international understanding selective(3) Business management core selective
(3) Turf selective
(3) Written or oral communication selective
(19) (16)

Junior Year
Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) AGRY 51000 (Turfgrass Science)(3) BTNY 44300 (Arthropods and Diseases of Turfgrass)
(3) BTNY 30100 (Introductory Plant Pathology)(3) PHYS 21400 (The Nature of Physics) or (4) PHYS 22000 (General Physics)*
(4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry)(3) Additional business management selective
(3) Agronomy soils selective (3) Business management core selective
(3) Business management core selective(3) Social science selective
(3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)
(19) (15)

Senior Year
Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(1) AGRY 49800 (Agronomy Senior Seminar)(3) AGRY 52500 (Crop Physiology and Ecology)
(3) AGRY 51200 (Integrated Turfgrass Systems)(3) Additional business management selective
(3) Additional business management selective(3) Multicultural awareness selective
(3) Humanities selective(6) Electives
(3) Mathematics or sciences selective
(3) Social science or humanities selective
(16) (15)

* Reduce elective requirements by one credit if PHYS 22000 is selected.