Golf Turf Management Certificate

Training in the Golf Turf Management program is directed toward preparing the student for a career as a golf course superintendent. This 18 month technical training program consists of two 15-week semesters and two 10-week semesters, for a total of 54 credits. A certificate is granted at the completion of the program requirements.

Requirements for Golf Turf Management

  1. All of the following courses (54 credits):
    • AT 291 Selected Topics in Agricultural Technology - 4 credits
    • AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology - 3 credits
    • CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy - 2 credits
    • CSS 171 Operations Budgeting for Golf Course Managers - 2 credits
    • CSS 178 Turfgrass Irrigation - 3 credits
    • CSS 181 Pesticide and Fertilizer Application Technology - 3 credits
    • CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science - 3 credits
    • CSS 232 Turfgrass Management - 4 credits
    • CSS 262 Turfgrass Management Seminar - 2 credits
    • CSS 264 Golf Course Design and Construction Techniques - 2 credits
    • CSS 267 Performance Turf Design and Construction - 2 credits
    • CSS 269 Turfgrass Strategies: Integration and Synthesis - 2 credits
    • CSS 272 Turfgrass Soil Fertility - 2 credits
    • CSS 292 Management of Turfgrass Weeds - 3 credits
    • CSS 382 Turfgrass Physiology - 2 credits
    • ENT 364 Turfgrass Entomology - 3 credits
    • HRT 213 Landscape Maintenance - 2 credits
    • HRT 213L Landscape Maintenance Field Laboratory - 1 credit
    • PLB 105 Plant Biology - 3 credits
    • PLP 366 Turf Pathology - 3 credits
    • Elective - 3 credits

Students must enroll in two separate 2-credit sections of AT 291: Turf and Landscape Analytic Practices for 2 credits and Spanish for Turf and Landscape for 2 credits.

Students must enroll in two separate 1-credit sections of CSS 262.

Academic Advising

For more information or questions regarding course requirements, substituting or waiving required courses, independent study courses, and planning your semester schedule of courses, contact the Golf Turf Management academic advisor:

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Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue Street, Room 160A
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1325
phone: (517) 355-0271 Ext. 1136