University of Connecticut

Turfgrass Science (TURF) 2015-2016

Head of Department: Professor Richard McAvoy

Department Office: Room 122, W.B. Young Building

Major requirements

1100. Turfgrass Management

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Taught jointly 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.

2200. Athletic Field Management

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.

3100. Golf Course Management

Three credits. Taught jointly 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.

3200. Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology

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.

3200W. Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology

Prerequisite: TURF 1100; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Guillard

3300. Principles of Turfgrass Irrigation Systems

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Taught jointly 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.

3400. Professional Development for Turfgrass Industries

Two credits. Two hour class periods. Taught jointly 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.

3720. Golf Course Design

Two credits. Taught jointly 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.

3800. Turfgrass Pests and Control

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Taught jointly 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.

 

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