Turfgrass Science, B.S.

Program Code: TURF_BS

Entrance to Major

A student wishing to transfer into the Turfgrass Science program must have completed CHEM 101 or CHEM 130 or CHEM 110 and received a grade of C or better in each course prior to declaring the major.

World Campus

Direct Admission to the Major

Incoming first-year students who meet the program admission requirements are admitted directly into the major. Admission restrictions may apply for change-of-major and/or change-of-campus students.

For more information about the admission process for this major, please send a request to the college, campus, or program contact (listed in the Contact tab).

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Turfgrass Science, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 1
Requirements for the Major 92

18 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
AGBM 106Agribusiness Problem Solving Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 202Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3
ENT 317Turfgrass Insect Pest Management3
MATH 21College Algebra I Keystone/General Education Course3
PPEM 412Turfgrass Disease Management3
SOILS 101Introductory Soil Science Keystone/General Education Course3
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
TURF 230Turfgrass Pesticides1
TURF 235The Turfgrass3
TURF 238Turf and Ornamental Weed Control3
TURF 307Golf Course Irrigation and Drainage3
TURF 425Turfgrass Cultural Systems3
TURF 434Turfgrass Edaphology3
TURF 435Turfgrass Nutrition4
TURF 436WCase Studies in Turfgrass Management3
TURF 490Colloquium1
TURF 495Internship3
Additional Courses
BIOL 11
BIOL 12
Introductory Biology I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Biology II Keystone/General Education Course
4
or BIOL 110 Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course
BIOL 127Introduction to Plant Biology Keystone/General Education Course3
or HORT 101 Horticultural Science Keystone/General Education Course
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 202D Effective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course
METEO 3Introductory Meteorology Keystone/General Education Course3
or METEO 101 Understanding Weather Forecasting Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 101Introductory Chemistry Keystone/General Education Course3
or CHEM 110 Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course
or CHEM 130 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12 credits from department professional agriculture list12
Select 15 credits from department professional management and economics list15

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the principles and practices of producing, establishing, and managing the primary turfgrass species and cultivars. Students will be able to explain and demonstrate turfgrass establishment and management, including mowing, fertilization, irrigation, and other cultural operations including pest control.
  2. Accurately comprehend and draw appropriate inferences from numeric data and quantitative models.
  3. Devise methods of inquiry to distinguish cause and effect, and to solve relevant problems in turfgrass management.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in principles and practices of the primary turfgrass cultural practices including mowing, fertilization, and irrigation and the secondary practices including cultivation, pest management, and soil modification.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Dianne Petrunak
Academic Adviser
242 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-0139
dmp6@psu.edu

World Campus

Penn State World Campus
Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

 Turfgrass Science, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
BIOL 1104ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3 
CHEM 101, 110, or 130*#3CHEM 202*3 
MATH 21‡†3METEO 3 or 1013 
AG 1502Supporting Course (Professional Management and Economics)3 
General Education Course3General Education Course3 
 15 15 
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
SOILS 101*†3TURF 230*1 
TURF 235*3ENT 317*3 
STAT 200‡†4Supporting Course3 
BIOL 1273General Education Course3 
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 General Education Course3 
 14.5 14.5 
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
TURF 238*3TURF 435*4TURF 495*1
TURF 434*3CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3 
TURF 307*3TURF 495*1 
Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3AGBM 106*3 
General Education Course3Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3 
 Elective 3 
 15 17 1
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
PPEM 412*3TURF 436W*3 
TURF 425*3TURF 490*1 
ENGL 202C or 202D‡†3Supporting Course3 
TURF 495*1General Education Course3 
Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3Supporting Course3 
Supporting Course (Professional Management and Economics)3  
 16 13 
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

  • AGBM 101 or ECON 102 are recommended as General Education Courses that fulfill the GS requirement.
  • Please consult with your academic adviser regarding the appropriate selection of elective and supporting courses. Supporting courses must be selected from an approved list.

Turfgrass Science, B.S. at Berks Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3BIOL 1104 
CHEM 101 or 110*#2-3SOILS 101*†3 
MATH 21‡†3METEO 3 or 1013 
PSU 51Supporting Course (Professional Management and Economics)3 
General Education Course3General Education Course3 
 12-13 16 
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
CHEM 202*3TURF 230*1 
TURF 235*3CAS 100‡†3 
Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3STAT 200‡†4 
General Education Course3Supporting Course (Professional Management and Economics)3 
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3 
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 13.5 15.5 
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
TURF 238*3TURF 435*4TURF 495*1
TURF 434*3ENT 317*3 
BIOL 1273TURF 495*1 
AGBM 106*3Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3 
General Education Course3Supporting Course (Professional Management and Economics)3 
 Elective3 
 15 17 1
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
PPEM 412*3TURF 436W*3 
TURF 307*3TURF 490*1 
TURF 425*3Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3 
ENGL 202C or 202D‡†3Supporting Course (Professional Management and Economics)3 
TURF 495*1General Education Course3 
Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3Elective1 
 16 14 
Total Credits 120-121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • AGBM 101 or ECON 102 are recommended as General Education Courses that fulfill the GS requirement.
  • Please consult with your academic adviser regarding the appropriate selection of elective and supporting courses. Supporting courses must be selected from an approved list.
  • Students should schedule BIOL 127 in their first fall semester at University Park.
  • Course offerings for SOILS 101, CHEM 202, and CMPSC 203 vary in offering patterns at Commonwealth Campus locations. Work with your academic adviser to develop a plan for incorporating these courses (either at that campus location or at University Park).

Turfgrass Science, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3BIOL 110 or 11 and 124 
CHEM 101, 110, or 130*#2-3SOILS 101*†3 
MATH 21‡†3CHEM 202*3 
First Year Seminar1-3METEO 3 or 1013 
General Education Course3General Education Course3 
General Education Course (GHW)1.5  
 13.5-16.5 16 
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
CHEM 202*3TURF 230*1 
CAS 100‡†3ENGL 202C or 202D‡†3 
Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3STAT 200‡†4 
Supporting Course (Professional Management and Economics)3Supporting Course (Professional Management and Economics)3 
General Education Course3General Education Course3 
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 15.5 
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
TURF 235*3TURF 435*4TURF 495*1
TURF 238*3ENT 317*3 
BIOL 1273TURF 495*1 
Supporting Course (Professional Management and Economics)3AGBM 106*3 
General Education Course3Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3 
 15 14 1
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
PPEM 412*3TURF 436W*3 
TURF 425*3TURF 490*1 
TURF 434*3Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3 
TURF 307*3Supporting Course (Professional Management and Economics)3 
TURF 495*1Elective1 
Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3General Education Course3 
 16 14 
Total Credits 121.5-124.5

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • AGBM 101 or ECON 102 are recommended as General Education Courses that fulfill the GS requirement.
  • Please consult with your academic adviser regarding the appropriate selection of elective and supporting courses. Supporting courses must be selected from an approved list.
  • Students should schedule BIOL 127 in their first fall semester at University Park.
  • Course offerings for SOILS 101, CHEM 202, and CMPSC 203 vary in offering patterns at Commonwealth Campus locations. Work with your academic adviser to develop a plan for incorporating these courses (either at that campus location or at University Park).

Turfgrass Science, B.S. at World Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
ENGL 15‡†3BIOL 1104 
CHEM 101, 110, or 130*3CHEM 202*3 
MATH 21‡†3METEO 3 or 1013 
General Education Course3TURF 230*1 
General Education Course3General Education Course3 
 15 14 
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
TURF 235*3Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3 
SOILS 101*†3Supporting Course (Professional Management)3 
STAT 200‡†4General Education Course3 
BIOL 1273General Education Course3 
General Education Course3  
 16 12 
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
TURF 238*3TURF 434*3TURF 495*3
ENT 317*3TURF 435*4 
CAS 100‡†3TURF 307*3 
General Education Course3AGBM 106*3 
Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3Supporting Course (Professional Management)3 
 15 16 3
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
PPEM 412*3TURF 425*3 
TURF 436W*3Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3 
TURF 490*1Supporting Course (Professional Management)3 
ENGL 202C or 202D‡†3Supporting Course (Professional Management)3 
Supporting Course (Professional Agriculture)3Elective3 
Elective3  
 16 15 
Total Credits 122

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • AGBM 101 or ECON 102 are recommended as General Education Courses that fulfill the GS requirement.
  • Please consult with your academic adviser regarding the appropriate selection of elective and supporting courses. Supporting courses must be selected from an approved list.

Career Paths

Graduates manage golf courses and professional stadium playing surfaces. Turfgrass professionals utilize grasses in conservation areas, and suburban and urban landscapes to enhance and beautify the environment. Some alumni pursue careers in agricultural enterprises that support the turfgrass industry.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE TURFGRASS SCIENCE PROGRAM

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SCIENCE

102 Tyson Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-2571
mcnitt@psu.edu

http://plantscience.psu.edu/research/centers/turf

World Campus

DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SCIENCE
116 Ag. Sci. & Ind. Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-0139
dmp6@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/turfgrass-science-bachelors/overview