Golf and Turf Management, BS Curriculum

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Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
Academic Affairs


Golf course superintendents and turfgrass professionals use technology and talent to balance the needs of people with those of nature. The golf and turf management degree provides students with skills and experiences to build and maintain functional, and aesthetically pleasing turfgrass environments. Extensive coursework in plant science, horticulture, and turf management helps students develop the technical skills needed to be successful. Complementary courses in facility management and communication provide the fundamentals for managing employees and interacting with customers.

Student learning incorporates hands-on activities along with technological applications in a practical, career-oriented environment. Internships may be completed at golf courses, athletic fields, park and recreation areas, or with industry suppliers. Graduates will hold positions in the golf industry, sports field management, lawn care, sod production, grounds maintenance, sales, or pursue advanced degrees.

Program outcomes: graduates will

Program Delivery

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Admission Requirements

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.

General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 40 upper division credits.

Program Requirements
Required courses - 34 credits
AGRO 2573 - Entomology (3.0 cr)
AGRO 3230 - Introduction to Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
HORT 1010 - Introduction to Horticulture (3.0 cr)
HORT 1021 - Woody Plant Materials (4.0 cr)
NATR 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
NATR 3900 - Internship (0.5-4.0 cr)
NATR 3901 - Post-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
NATR 4652 - Seminar (1.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1104 - Beginning Spanish I (4.0 cr)
COMM 3008 - Business Writing (3.0 cr)
or COMM 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
or COMM 3431 - Persuasion (3.0 cr)


Major Requirements
Required courses - 21 credits
HORT 3040 - Landscape Installation and Maintenance (3.0 cr)
MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership (3.0 cr)
TURF 3072 - Turfgrass Science (3.0 cr)
TURF 1072 - Principles of Turf Management (3.0 cr)
TURF 3074 - Turfgrass Pest Management (3.0 cr)
TURF 3075 - Turf Stress Management (3.0 cr)
TURF 3076 - Turfgrass Management Systems (3.0 cr)


Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required:
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)


Technology Requirement
Students must take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx


Program Electives
Take 12 or more credits(s) from the following:


Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement. The number of credits needed depends on liberal education and program electives course selections. Approximately 9 credits will be needed.