learn to manage all turf environments including world-class Sport surfaces, Golf greens-Courses, Landscapes, public parks, Fields, Soil Production, and sustainable Design
Interested in more than just riding a mower? The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences offers specialty programs for students who are committed to the science behind turfgrass and their affects on the environment. Upon graduating from Auburn, students will be fully trained turfcare professionals with the skills to impact the industry who also understand and respect affects on lakes, streams, animals, non-target species, athletes, and/or children using the surfaces. The turfgrass management program provides training/experience in ecology, surface assessment, nutrient research, soil analysis, pests-diseases, development, and product testing.
Students matriculated from our world-class program have a wide range of career options, although most graduates pursue a career in golf course management. Other careers include sports turf consultants-agronomists, surface research managers, athletic groundstaff, facilities, sod farm management, professional landscaping, soil analysts, and field/pitch infrastructure design.
What to expect
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)
- CDMS Herbicide Label Database
- Compendium of Pesticide Common Names
- Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)
- International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds
- USDA Plants
- United States Golf Association (USGA)
- Southern Weed Science
- Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA)
- STRI Group
- Weed Science Society of America