Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Undergraduate Programs
Minor in Turfgrass Management

The Minor in Turfgrass Management, administered by the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, is designed to serve students that plan to work in the landscape, recreational, or the sports management industry. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of maintaining a turfgrass-playing surface or the turfgrass within a lawn or landscape.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate adviser in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences to have their program of study approved in advance.

Requirements for the Minor in Turfgrass Management

Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following: 

1. All of the following courses (8 credits):
CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
CSS 232 Turfgrass Management 4
CSS 262 Turfgrass Management Seminar 1
2. One course from each of the following three areas (7 or 8 credits):
Management of Turfgrass Cultural Practices
CSS 178 Turfgrass Irrigation 3
CSS 267 Performance Turf Design and Construction 2
CSS 272 Turfgrass Soil Fertility 2
CSS 282 Turfgrass Physiology 2
Management of Turfgrass Pests
CSS 181 Pesticide and Fertilizer Application Technology 3
CSS 288 Principles of Weed Management 3
ENT 364 Turfgrass Entomology 3
PLP 266 Turf Pathology 3
General Turfgrass Management
CSS 171 Operations Budgeting for Golf Course Managers 2
CSS 202 World of Turf 2
HRT 214 Landscape and Turfgrass Business Operations 2