Turfgrass Science (TURF)

Head of Department: Professor Richard McAvoy

Department Office: Room 133, W.B. Young Building Major requirements

1100. Turfgrass Management

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.

3100. Golf Course Management

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.

3300. Principles of Turfgrass Irrigation Systems

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.

3400. Professional Development for Turfgrass Industries

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.

3720. Golf Course Design

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.

3800. Turfgrass Pests and Control

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.

 

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