Agriculture and Natural Resources Department Academic Affairs
Program Type: Baccalaureate
Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
Required credits within the major: 55
This program requires summer terms.
Degree: Bachelor of Science
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
demonstrate competencies in turfgrass management
demonstrate problem-solving skills in relation to turfgrass pests and fertility issues
understand the use of integrated pest management and resource preservation
demonstrate an awareness of the need for continual professional development
demonstrate skills in written and oral communication and human resource management
This program is available:
via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
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)
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.
Kristie Walker, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Golf & Turf Management program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, discusses the major and what sets UMC's program apart. She points out the applied nature of the program and how it benefits students. One of her main areas of research is in turfgrass for athletics fields.
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