As a Sports Turf Management or Golf Management major (also known as Turf Grass Science), you will learn every aspect of the grass that is used for every City Park, Professional or collegiate sports field and golf course. These venues are all maintained by professionals with extensive horticultural and business training. If you love to work outdoors or with the public, these paths are for you! The Turf grass science degree will lead to opportunities with professional sports teams, high end country clubs, and city parks departments. Many programs boast a 90-100% placement rate for graduates after college.
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Turfgrass Management majors study the science and culture of grasses used on golf courses, athletic fields, home lawns and other areas requiring an attractive but functional groundcover. This major is great for those who want hands-on, outside-of-the-classroom learning.
Turfgrass Science is an interdisciplinary major that involves the use of grasses and plants to improve and beautify the environment. It combines business and management theory with the down-to-earth study of grasses, soils, ornamental plants, and all those pesky critters that affect lawns and fairways far and wide. If you decide to major in Turfgrass Science, you'll take courses in - among other things - biology, chemistry, business management, plant pathology, entomology, and soil and water science. During summers, it's a good bet that you'll gain good on-the-job experience and mandatory internships with landscape and lawn care companies, golf courses, and departments of parks and recreation. You'll probably make pretty righteous cash over the summers as well, which is a pretty nice perk.
Upon graduation, you'll be prepared for careers in the landscape industry, producing and maintaining plants and grasses for recreational, aesthetic, and environmental uses. You'll know your way around golf courses, professional and big-time college athletic fields, sod farms, and every other landscape-related industry. You'll be able to find employment with lawn care companies, parks, agri-chemical firms, cemeteries, and environmental consulting firms.
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