What is a degree in Turfgrass Management?

 

Turfgrass management is the study of the science and culture of fine grasses that are used on golf courses, athletic fields, home lawns, and other areas requiring an attractive but functional ground cover. Increasing interest in outdoor recreational activities as well as aesthetically appealing landscaped areas has created a demand for professional turfgrass managers. 

The curriculum is designed for maximum flexibility that allows students the opportunity to select one of two paths depending on their interest and future goals. Both paths will enable students the ability to secure any of the jobs discussed above as well as to enter graduate school. Specifically, the curriculum educates students in the principles and applications of both applied and basic sciences necessary for the successful establishment and maintenance of fine turfgrass areas. Students completing the turfgrass management curriculum will be knowledgeable in all aspects of plant and soil science. Particular emphasis is placed on learning environmentally sound strategies for controlling common turfgrass pests such as weeds, insects, and diseases. A careful balance of applied and basic sciences with courses in economics, business management, and accounting combined with on-the-job training opportunities will prepare students for an exciting career in the turfgrass/landscape industry. 

Curriculum

 

 

 

 

 

Download the above pdf for the most current list of turfgrass management curriculum and course descriptions (2014-2015)

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A wide-range of career possibilities

The turfgrass industry in Georgia is estimated at more than one billion dollars. Completion of the turfgrass management major will allow a student the opportunity to pursue a career in golf course, athletic field, park, school, and commercial grounds management. There are many openings in the relatively new chemical lawn care industry as well as with sod production, lawn maintenance, and landscaping firms. Other opportunities include the need for well-trained individuals in the areas of turfgrass seed, chemical, and equipment sales and service. Some graduates have obtained employment in the irrigation design and installation segment of the industry, while others have found challenging careers in university research, private consulting, or with the Cooperative Extension Service. The current and future outlook for job availability is excellent.

 

Dr. Gerald Henry: Undergraduate Coordinator

Dr. Henry is an Athletic Association Endowed Professor. His research program focuses on the area of environmental turfgrass science with an emphasis on plant/pest/environment interactions. Within that discipline he conducts research in a wide range of subjects that include physiology, ecology, weed science, fertility, and management. Dr. Henry's research program is dedicated to providing local and state-wide support for golf course, athletic field, and home lawn turf management. He currently teaches CRSS 3270-3270L Turf Management and CRSS 4090 Advanced Turfgrass Sciences (Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology), advises undergraduate Turfgrass Management majors, and is the faculty advisor of the UGA Turf Club.