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Turf Science and Management

Degree Level

Bachelor of Science

Minor Code


Advisor's Name

Lee E. Schweitzer

Advisor's Phone

(765) 494-4789

Advisor's Email


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, lawns, 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



Freshman Year

First Semester

(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University)

(0.5) AGR 11300 (Introduction to Agronomy Academic Programs)

(1) AGRY 11000 (Survey of Turfgrass Culture)

(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry)

(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)

(3) MA 22000 (Introduction to Calculus) or (3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I)

(4) Biological sciences selective

Total Credits: 16

Second Semester

(3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)

(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)

(4) Biological sciences selective

(3) Core economics selective

(3) Humanities selective

Total Credits: 16

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

(3) AGEC 31100 (Accounting for Farm Business Planning) or (3) MGMT 20010 (Introductory Accounting for Non-Management Majors)

(3) AGRY 25500 (Soil Science)

(1) AGRY 39800 (Agronomy Seminar)

(2) ENTM 20600 (General Entomolgy)

(1) ENTM 20700 (General Entomology Laboratory)

(3) Social science, humanities, or international understanding selective

(3) Turf selective

(3) Written or oral communication selective

Total Credits: 19

Fourth Semester

(3) AGRY 21000 (Fundamentals of Turfgrass Culture)

(1) AGRY 21100 (Fundamentals of Turfgrass Culture Laboratory)

(3) AGRY 36500 (Soil Fertility)

(3) BTNY 30400 (Introductory Weed Science)

(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods)

(3) Business management core selective

Total Credits: 16

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

(3) AGRY 51000 (Turfgrass Science)

(3) BTNY 30100 (Introductory Plant Pathology)

(4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry)

(3) Agronomy soils selective

(3) Business management core selective

(3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)

Total Credits: 19

Sixth Semester

(3) BTNY 44300 (Anthopods and Diseases of Turfgrass)

(3) PHYS 21400 (The Nature of Physics) or (4) PHYS 22000 (General Physics)*

(3) Additional business management selective

(3) Business management core selective

(3) Social science selective

Total Credits: 15

Senior Year

Seventh Semester

(1) AGRY 49800 (Agronomy Senior Seminar)

(3) AGRY 51200 (Integrated Turfgrass Systems)

(3) Additional business management selective

(3) Humanities selective

(3) Mathematics or sciences selective

(3) Social science or humanities selective

Total Credits: 16

Eighth Semester

(3) AGRY 52500 (Crop Physiology and Ecology)

(3) Additional business management selective

(3) Multicultural awareness selective

(6) Electives

Total Credits: 15

Additional Information

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










Created at 4/27/2009 1:44 PM by Quesada, Virginia
Last modified at 1/28/2012 1:40 PM by Goecker, Allan D