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Turfgrass Management

Department of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences

Contact: Scott Ebdon, Program Coordinator
Office: 12F Stockbridge
Phone: (413) 545-2506
Email: sebdon@pssci.umass.edu

Grassed areas for home lawns, parks, and golf courses are becoming more important every day as people and companies are spending more money to create an attractive environment using turfgrass as a major component of the plan. Students learn about turfgrass identification, culture, weed identification and treatment, sod production, and the business management skills required to run a successful operation.

Course of Study

First Semester

Credits

ENGLISH 120 English Composition

 

NATRES&E 191F First Year Seminar

1

PLSOILIN 102 Introductory Botany

4

PLSOILIN 105 Soils

4

*PLSOILIN 230 Introductory Turfgrass Management

4


Second Semester (1st seven wks)

Credits

PLSOILIN 101 Insects and Related Forms

2

PLSOILIN 103 Plant Science

1.5

PLSOILIN 104 Plant Nutrients

1.5

PLSOILIN 111 Horticulture Plant Pathology

2

 

 

(2nd seven wks)

 

*PLSOILIN 112 Turf Diseases Laboratory

2

PLSOILIN 232 Turf Machinery

1

 

 

(full semester)

 

*PLSOILIN 107 Turfgrass Insects

2

*PLSOILIN 198T Internship (June-August)

 

*PLSOILIN 240 Turf Calculations

2

*PLSOILIN 275 Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology



Third Semester

Credits

ENVIRDES 335 Plants in Landscape

4

FOREST 232 Principles of Arboriculture

 

Math by placement exam

2-3

PLSOILIN 310 Principles of Weed Management

 


Fourth Semester

Credits

PLSOILIN 182 Principles of Pesticide Management

2

PLSOILIN 234 Irrigation and Drainage

2

*PLSOILIN 340 Advanced Turfgrass Management

 

RES-ECON 142 People in Organizations

 

Elective

 


* A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses.