BS in Plant Sciences with Emphasis in Turfgrass Science
Degree Program Description
From the food on our plates to the homes we live in to the fuel in our vehicles, plants impact all aspects of our daily lives. As an ever-growing human population continues to increase the demand for crops and other plant products, so too does the demand for plant scientists. Plant Sciences addresses the challenges from the field to the laboratory. Students enroll in a generalized core curriculum, then further refine their expertise in the Turfgrass Science emphasis area. From observing sporting events to participation in recreational or professional sports, turf serves as the platform upon which outdoor sports are played. The basics of turfgrass selection, production, and protection offer diverse careers where the outdoors is your office: golf course superintendent, lawn technician, city park management, and sports complex turf manager. For those that enjoy the outdoors and green backgrounds, opportunities abound to work in low profile (parks and recreation) or high profile (Busch Stadium) venues. Turfgrass scientists strive to improve the ability of turfgrass to withstand the demands of drought, weeds, pest invasions and foot traffic. Professional sports teams, golf courses, cities and school systems all offer careers in turfgrass management.
Major Program Requirements
Emphasis Area Requirements
Creation and maintenance of high quality turf areas for sporting activities, home lawns, and utility areas are important. Careers are available to protect turf from pests and optimize growth; integrated strategies emphasize conservation of water and other natural resources.
|Turfgrass Science Emphasis Area Requirements|
|AG_S_M 2340||Pesticide Application Equipment||3|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|PLNT_S 3110||Horticultural Drainage and Irrigation Systems||2|
|PLNT_S 3210||Principles of Weed Science||4|
|PLNT_S 3213||Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals||3|
|PLNT_S 3355||Introductory Turfgrass Management||3|
|PLNT_S 3710||Introductory Entomology||3|
|PLNT_S 3715||Insect Diversity||2|
|PLNT_S 4313||Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition||3|
|PLNT_S 4355||Advanced Turfgrass Management||3|
|PLNT_S 2210||Ornamental Woody Plants||3|
|PLNT_S 2215||Ornamental Herbaceous Plants||3|
|PLNT_S 3250||Green Industry Bidding||2|
Refer to the Semester Plan for the BS in Plant Sciences.
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