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Turf Management and Science

Purdue University in West Lafayette

A turfgrass manager oversees and implements management programs for the production, maintenance, and performance of a variety of turfgrass areas like golf courses, lawns, athletic fields, parks, and sod farms. Maintaining a high-quality, manicured turf that is subjected to intense use requires skill and experience.

The Turf Science curriculum is centered on basic scientific principles, technical agronomic information, business/management coursework, written/oral communication and problem solving skills to prepare students to handle a wide array of potential career paths.

Student Testimonial: Nick Oyler

portrait of Nick Oyler

I arrived at Purdue not knowing a soul. A week later, after Boiler Gold Rush, I had several great friends to go out and have fun with.   
My major had a smaller number of people, and my academic advisor coordinated a class in which all the freshmen got acquainted with one another. We took exciting trips and met industry leaders. The people in that class were my best friends at Purdue. 
I also joined the Turf Club. Every spring, we attended two conferences where we competed in a Turf Quiz Bowl against other universities.  We placed 2nd in 2020 and we won in both 2021 and 2022!

During my time at Purdue, I felt the department head and academic advisors were the glue that kept us together. It’s was great feeling when everyone succeeded and learned together, and I also felt we pushed one another to be better as a whole. 
My academic advisor/mentor reached out to a company and recommended me to work for them. In my extended work internship, I managed large scale, high-end golf course construction and renovation products. It was a great experience. I now work as an Assistant Superintendent at the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Plan of Study

Turf Management and Science, BS
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Transfer to Turf Management and Science

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
(765) 494-1302

College of Agriculture

Careers in Turf Management and Science

The turfgrass industry nationwide is continuing to expand. The demand for college-educated personnel with a degree in turfgrass management is strong.

The industry continually needs well qualified, technically competent turf managers.

Career Opportunities 

  • Manage a stadium sports complex
  • Own and operate a landscaping business or sod farm
  • Direct turf operations at a golf course
  • Cultivate turf grass and other plants

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