University Catalog 2024-2025

Crop and Soil Sciences (BS): Turfgrass Science

The Bachelor of Science in Crop and Soil Sciences with a concentration in Turfgrass Science has been voted #1 in the US by TurfNet Magazine. Why? Because we have the best turfgrass scientists and extension specialists teaching our classes, because we have a state of the art teaching field lab for hands-on learning, and because our program has classes that cover the basics of environmentally sound turfgrass management. Our graduates find great careers in golf course and athletic field management, home and industrial lawn businesses, sod production, recreational park turf management, agri-business management and agri-business sales. Learn more about Turfgrass Science.

Contact Person

Undergraduate Programs Office
Crop & Soil Sciences Department
2234 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620

Plan Requirements

ALS 103Freshman Transitions and Diversity in Agriculture & Life Sciences1
or ALS 303 Transfer Transitions and Diversity in Agriculture & Life Sciences
Communication/Advanced Writing
COM 110Public Speaking3
or COM 112 Interpersonal Communication
Select one of the following:3
Communication Methods and Media
Communication for Engineering and Technology
Communication for Business and Management
Communication for Science and Research
Mathematics & Natural Sciences
MA 121Elements of Calculus3
ST 311Introduction to Statistics3
BIO 181Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity4
BIO 183Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology4
CH 101Chemistry - A Molecular Science3
CH 102General Chemistry Laboratory1
CH 220Introductory Organic Chemistry3
CH 222Organic Chemistry I Lab1
PB 200Plant Life4
PB 321Introduction to Whole Plant Physiology3
PB 360Ecology4
PY 131Conceptual Physics4
Required Courses within Major
ARE 201Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics3
CS 200Introduction to Turfgrass Management 14
CS 211Plant Genetics3
CS 400Turf Cultural Systems3
CS 414Weed Science4
CS 465Turf Management Systems and Environmental Quality3
CS 470Advanced Turfgrass Pest Management2
CSSC 290Professional Development in Crop & Soil Sciences1
HS 471Landscape Ecosystem Management4
PP 315Principles of Plant Pathology4
SSC 200Soil Science3
SSC 201Soil Science Laboratory1
SSC 341Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management3
SSC 342Soil and Plant Nutrient Analysis1
SSC 461Soil Physical Properties and Plant Growth3
Concentration Electives
Economics, Management & Policy Electives3
Experiential Learning (select one):3
Professional Internship Experience in Crop and Soil Sciences
Research Experience in Crop and Soil Sciences
GEP Courses
ENG 101Academic Writing and Research 14
GEP Humanities6
GEP Social Sciences3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives5
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
World Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Free Electives
Free Electives (12 Hr S/U Lmt)5
Total Hours120

Economics, Management & Policy Electives 

ARE 215Small Business Accounting3
ARE 301Intermediate Microeconomics3
ARE 304Agribusiness Management3
ARE 306Agricultural Law3
ARE 309Environmental Law & Economic Policy3
ARE 312Agribusiness Marketing3
ARE 332Human Resource Management for Agribusiness3
BUS 225Personal Finance3
BUS 320Financial Management3
BUS 340Information Systems Management3
BUS 420Financial Management of Corporations3
CS 418/518Introduction to Regulatory Science in Agriculture3
CS 428/528Advanced Regulatory Science in Agriculture3
PS 320U.S. Environmental Law and Politics3

Semester Sequence

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ALS 103
Freshman Transitions and Diversity in Agriculture & Life Sciences
or Transfer Transitions and Diversity in Agriculture & Life Sciences
BIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity 4
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 4
MA 121 Elements of Calculus 3
GEP Humanities 3
CSSC 290 Professional Development in Crop & Soil Sciences 1
Spring Semester
CH 101 Chemistry - A Molecular Science 3
CH 102 General Chemistry Laboratory 1
PB 200 Plant Life 4
ST 311 Introduction to Statistics 3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
CS 200 Introduction to Turfgrass Management 1 4
PB 360 Ecology 4
ARE 201 Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
Spring Semester
CH 220 Introductory Organic Chemistry 3
CH 222 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
COM 110
Public Speaking
or Interpersonal Communication
SSC 200 Soil Science 1 3
SSC 201 Soil Science Laboratory 1 1
Economics, Management and Policy Elective 3
Third Year
Fall Semester
PP 315 Principles of Plant Pathology 4
SSC 341 Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management 3
GEP Humanities 3
Select one of the following: 3
Communication Methods and Media
Communication for Engineering and Technology
Communication for Business and Management
Communication for Science and Research
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2
Spring Semester
PB 321 Introduction to Whole Plant Physiology 3
CS 211 Plant Genetics 3
CS 400 Turf Cultural Systems 1 3
PY 131 Conceptual Physics 4
SSC 342 Soil and Plant Nutrient Analysis 1
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
HS 471 Landscape Ecosystem Management 4
SSC 461 Soil Physical Properties and Plant Growth 3
CS 414 Weed Science 4
CS 465 Turf Management Systems and Environmental Quality 3
Experimental Learning Elective 3
Spring Semester
CS 470 Advanced Turfgrass Pest Management 2
Free Elective 5
GEP Social Sciences 3
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 3
 Total Hours120

A grade of C- or better is required for CS 200 Introduction to Turfgrass Management,  CS 400 Turf Cultural Systems, SSC 200 Soil Science, SSC 201 Soil Science Laboratory.

Career Opportunities

The breadth and depth of education and experiences you will gain from our department will set you on a path toward a rewarding career in one of the following specialties:

  • Agronomist
  • Agronomy Sales and Management
  • Athletic Turf Manager
  • Extension Agent
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Restoration Specialist
  • Seed Production Agronomist

Learn more about future job prospects, representative salaries, and major employers for each of the above listed careers at

Career Titles

  • Food & Drug Inspector
  • Landscape Architect
  • Soil Conservation Technician
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Soil Engineer
  • Soil Scientist
  • Winemaker / Vinter

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