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Option Turf Management Undergraduate Option  

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This option is offered within the following major(s):
Horticulture - College of Agricultural Sciences

This option terminates summer 2018 via proposal


Turf is the central feature of golf courses, sports fields, parks, cemeteries, and landscapes in cities and neighborhoods throughout the United States. More than 200 golf course superintendents in Oregon and 1,500 in Washington, California, and Idaho manage turf as the focal point of their facilities. Professional lawn care is a thriving industry in Oregon communities that is complemented by a vibrant sports turf and grass seed industry, all of which adds millions of dollars to local economies. This continually growing industry offers more career track jobs than any other area in horticulture.

Students in turf management become golf course superintendents, athletic field and park managers, and lawn care professionals with commensurate responsibilities and salaries. Students in this curriculum must have a passion for the outdoors, for turf maintenance, and for working with other people in a team context. Prior practical work experience and a willingness to work summers and/or extended internships while at OSU is a characteristic shared by our students. The curriculum focuses on science, technology, 'in-field' hands-on experience, and decision making in real-world settings. Active participation in student clubs, class field labs, and out-of-class internship work experiences is critical to success. Activities stress networking and exposure to multiple work environments to help students integrate quickly into the industry.

The Turf Management option uses the new horticulture major core.

Option Requirements

Plant Materials

HORT 226. Landscape Plant Materials I: Deciduous Hardwoods and Conifers (4)
HORT 228. Landscape Plant Materials II: Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs (4)


HORT 318. ^Applied Ecology of Managed Ecosystems (3)


AG 312. Engine Theory and Operation (3)

Horticultural Communication

HORT 318. ^Applied Ecology of Managed Ecosystems (3)
HORT 407. Seminar (1)
HORT 411. Horticulture Book Club (1)


HORT 418. Golf Course Maintenance (4)

Horticultural Science and Technology

GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
  or ​SOIL 335. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3) [Terminated spring 2017]
HORT 314. Principles of Turfgrass Maintenance (4)
HORT 315. Sustainable Landscapes: Maintenance, Conservation, Restore (4)
HORT 358. Landscape Construction Techniques (4)
HORT 360. Irrigation and Drainage (4)
HORT 405. Reading and Conference [Pesticide Applicator Training] (4)

Select 3 of the following courses, for a minimum of 9 credits:
AG 221. Metals and Welding (3)
HORT/FES 350. Urban Forestry (3)
HORT 351. Floriculture and Greenhouse Systems (4)
HORT 380. Sustainable Landscape Design (3)
HORT/FES 447. Arboriculture (4)
HORT/FES 455. Urban Forest Planning, Policy and Management. (4)
HORT 499. Special Topics [Building Sustainable Landscapes for the 21st Century] (1)
SOIL 316. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems (4)

Business Management

Select 1 of the following courses:
AEC 211. Management in Agriculture (4)
AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
BA 215. Fundamentals of Accounting (4)
BA 260. Introduction to Entrepreneurship (4)
BA 463. Family Enterprise Governance (4)

Ecology and Sustainability Ecosystems Courses

Meets Synthesis requirements. Each course must be from a different department.

Contemporary Global Issues

Select 1 of the following courses:
AEC 351. *Natural Resource Economics and Policy (3)
AEC/ECON 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
BI 301. *Human Impacts on Ecosystems (3)
BI 306. *^Environmental Ecology (3)
CROP 330. *World Food Crops (3)
FES 365. *Issues in Natural Resources Conservation (3)
FW 325. *Global Crises in Resource Ecology (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (3)
HORT/ENT 331. *Pollinators in Peril (3)
SUS 350. *Sustainable Communities (4)
Z 349. *Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences, and Conservation (3)

Science, Technology and Society

Select 1 of the following courses:
ANS 315. *Contentious Social Issues in Animal Agriculture (3)
ATS 320. *The Changing Climate (3) [Terminated fall 2017]
BI 348. *Human Ecology (3)
BOT 324. *Fungi in Society (3)
CH 374. *Technology, Energy, and Risk (3)
ENGR 350. *Sustainable Engineering (3)
ENGR 363. *Energy Matters (3)
ENSC 479. *^Environmental Case Studies (3)
FES/TOX 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
FES/NR 477. *Agroforestry (3)
FES 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
FST 421. *Food Law (3)
FW 470. *Ecology and History: Landscapes of the Columbia Basin (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
HORT 330/ENT 300. *Plagues, Pests and Politics (3)
HST 481. *Environmental History of the United States (4)
HSTS 421. *Technology and Change (4)
NUTR 312. *Issues in Nutrition and Health (3)
PH 313. *Energy Alternatives (3)
PHL 325. *Scientific Reasoning (4)
PS 476. *Science and Politics (4)
SOIL 395. *World Soil Resources (3)
SUS 304. *Sustainability Assessment (4)

Total credits=55–59


* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Option Code: 656

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