Learn to manage golf courses, professional stadiums, athletic sport fields, private clubs, public parks, or your crop fields better at Auburn University. The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences offers specialty programs for students who are interested in more than just riding a mower. We want students who are committed to the science behind turfgrass, weeds, and their affects on the environment. Upon graduating from Auburn, our students will understand and respect affects on lakes, streams, animals, non-target species, athletes, and/or children who use the turf.
Students matriculated from our world-class program have a wide range of career options, although most graduates pursue a career in golf course supervision and management. Other careers include management of sod farms, athletic facilities, professional landscaping, and technical representatives at chemical or turf supply companies.
Showing no signs of slowing down, enrollment in the Turfgrass Management and Weed Science programs are two of the largest in the department. Students in the major take basic courses in chemistry, biology, plant physiology/soils, and also take unique turf-related courses in weed science, plant pathology, entomology, and irrigation technology. An internship at a turf-related enterprise, typically met by working for a golf course, sod farm, landscape company, or turfgrass maintenance firm, is another required part of the major.
Links & Resources
- Auburn University Weed Garden
- Source of Iron Study
- Athletic Field Wear Simulation/Research
- How to Take A Turfgrass Soil Sample
- Alabama Turfgrass Association (ATA)
- Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) AL Chapter
- United States Golf Association (USGA)
- Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA)
- International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds
- Compendium of Pesticide Common Names
- CDMS Herbicide Label Database
- USDA Plants
- Weed Science Society of America
- Southern Weed Science