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2007-08 Undergraduate Catalog


Golf and Sports Turf Management
College: Agricultural and Life Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

This interdisciplinary studies major combines the study of grasses, soils, water and pests affecting turf with the study of business and management. Students select classes from the departments of Environmental Horticulture, Soil and Water Science, Entomology and Nematology, and Plant Pathology.

Career opportunities include work with golf courses, sports turf facilities, lawn-care companies, parks, agrichemical industries, cemeteries, environmental consulting firms, sod farms, government agencies, and preparation for graduate school. Students should see a department adviser for guidance and approval of electives.

Off-campus degree programs in this interdisciplinary study are available through the Ft. Lauderdale and Milton Research and Education Centers.

Critical Tracking and Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 6 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: CHM 2045/2045L, ECO 2023 or AEB 3103, MAC 1147, BOT 2010C, BOT 2011C, PHY 2004 or PHY 2020

Semester 2:

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs

Semester 3:

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs

Semester 4:

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs

Semester 5:

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
CHM 2045 and 2045L General Chemistry 1 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-P)4
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 16
Semester 2Credits
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3) or
AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics (4) (GE-S)
MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (GE-M)4
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 13-14
Semester 3Credits
BOT 2010C Introductory Botany (GE-B)3
AEE 3033C Writing in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Science3
Humanities (GE-H) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 15
Semester 4Credits
BOT 2011C Plant Diversity (GE-B)4
PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1 (GE-P) or
PHY 2020 Introduction to Principles of Physics (GE-P)
AEE 3030 Effective Oral Communication3
MAC Math or STA Statistics course (GE-M)3
Total 15
Semester 5Credits
HOS 4304 Horticultural Physiology3
ORH 3222C Turfgrass Culture4
PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology (4) or
PLP 3031C Diseases of Turf and Ornamentals
Agriculture electives (see list)3
Total 13-14
Semester 6Credits
ENY 3005 and 3005L Principles of Entomology (2) and Laboratory (1)3
HOS 4341 Advanced Horticultural Physiology3
ORH 4223 Golf and Sports Turf Management2
SOS 3022 and 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment (3) and Laboratory (1)4
IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management3
Total 15
ORH 4941 Practical Work Experience3
Total 3
Semester 7Credits
PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science3
Business electives (see list)6
Suggested electives (see list)6
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
ORH 4236C Landscape and Turfgrass Management3
SOS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management3
Business electives (see list)3
Suggested electives (see list)6
Total 15


Agriculture Electives - take 3 hours
AOM 3220 Agricultural Construction and Maintenance3
AOM 3333 Pesticide Application Techniques3
AOM 3734 Irrigation Principles and Practices in Florida3
Suggested Electives - take 12 hours (see adviser for additional options)
ALS 3133 Agriculture and Environmental Quality3
AGR 3303 Genetics3
IPM 4254 Landscape IPM: Ornamentals and Turf3
NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology3
ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use3
ORH 4242C Arboriculture4
ORH 4905 Independent Study of Environmental Horticulture1
WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management3
Business Electives - take 9 hours
ACG 2021C Introduction to Financial Accounting4
AEB 3114L Introduction to Agricultural Computer Applications1
AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management (3) or
MAN 3025 Principles of Management (4)
AEB 3341 Selling Strategically3
AEB 4424 Human Resource Management in Agriculture3
AEE 3414 Leadership Development3
PUR 3000 Principles of Public Relations3