Head of Department: Professor Richard McAvoy
Department Office: Room 133, W.B. Young Building Major requirements
Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Taught with SAPL 110. Guillard
An overview of turfgrass adaptation, selection, and management. Topics include turfgrass growth, physiology, soil interactions, weeds and diseases, morphology and identification, establishment, and maintenance. Cultural system practices for lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and other turf areas.
Three credits. Three class periods. Henderson
Management strategies associated with heavily used athletic fields. Sport specific focus on mowing, fertilization, irrigation, core cultivation, overseeding, and pest control. Areas of emphasis will include: playing surface renovation, optimizing wear tolerance, maximizing turfgrass recovery, traffic management, and game day preparations.
Three credits. Taught with SAPL 210. Not open for credit to graduate students. Rackliffe
Cultural management techniques including soil aeration, topdressing, mowing, thatch removal, grass or species selection, fertilization, irrigation and management of personnel, pests, equipment and inventory. Field trips required.
Three credits. Three class periods. Prerequisite: TURF 1100; open to juniors or higher. Guillard
Turfgrass physiology related to growth and development. Response to temperature, light, water, traffic, and wind. Turfgrass community dynamics, competition, and environmental effects of turfgrass culture.
Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Taught with SAPL 230. Not open for credit to graduate students. Rackliffe
Turfgrass irrigation systems, principles of hydraulics, irrigation components, design, installation and repair. Students will design irrigation systems for various turf areas. Field trips and fieldwork will be required.
Two credits. Two hour class periods. Taught with SAPL 240. Not open for credit to graduate students. Rackliffe
Topics include human resource information, communication skills, turfgrass pesticide laws and compliance, labor laws and compliance, bid specifications, resume writing, interviewing, golf course management structures, business ethics, and benefits of professional association membership. Guest lecturers include industry professionals and representatives.
Two credits. Taught with SAPL 720. Not open for credit to graduate students. Guillard
Introduction to golf course design theory, planning, and layout. Putting green and tee construction methods. Turfgrass species and cultivar selection for the golf course. Guest presentations by designers and golf course superintendents. Field trips required.
Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Taught with SAPL 800. Not open for credit to graduate students. Rackliffe
Turfgrass weed, insect, disease and vertebrate identification and control. Emphasis on biological controls and IPM. Field trips required.