As one of the only small private colleges offering a bachelor’s degree in turf management, FSC offers attention and experiences large state universities can’t match.

In addition to turf production and golf course management, we give you the strong background in facilities and business management you need to manage entire resorts or a city's parks and recreation department.

Top Reasons to choose fsc for Recreational/Turfgrass Management

  • You’ll learn every aspect of turf management, from landscape management to business and resort operations.
  • Most turf programs are at large state institutions. FSC gives you an excellent turf major—and all the advantages of a smaller school.
  • Our job placement record is excellent.
  • Classes are highly experiential, featuring experts and professionals as guest speakers and field trips to area businesses.
  • Our internship program provides real-world experience before graduation and an advantage in the job market.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Every turf student does a summer-long internship. You’ll get real-world experience—and the position often leads to a job offer after graduation.

In addition to labs, field trips, and guest speakers, you’ll learn through practical experience in planting, irrigating, weed management, mowing, fertilizers, pest identification and management, and other aspects of turf management—all as part of your classes. You may also be eligible for numerous departmental scholarships.

Faculty Highlights

FSC’s faculty combine practical experience and scholarly expertise. They’ve worked in nursery production and landscape management, at area golf courses, and as Michigan’s Landscape Horticulture Extension Specialist. At the same time, they’ve authored the standard text on nursery management and launched FSC's rose mosaic heat-therapy program, which provides virus-free propagating material to rose nurseries throughout the USA.

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Course Information

Your courses in the major will cover everything from ornamental landscape plants and propagation to design and management.

See a sampling of course descriptions below  

Internships

Our students intern at major golf courses, resorts, city parks departments, and other turf-oriented facilities. The internship can be shaped to fit your area of interest, leading toward a fulfilling career. Past internship sites have included:

  • Augusta National golf course
  • Country Club of the Rockies
  • Lone Palm Country Club
  • Grasslands golf course community

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

FSC has active chapters of both Alpha Gamma Rho, the national agricultural social/professional fraternity, and Sigma Alpha, the national agricultural professional sorority.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

With the largest number of endowed scholarships of any department at FSC, we award more than $80,000 a year to our students.

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With the development of thousands of new golf courses and other recreational facilities throughout Florida and in other areas, career opportunities in this field are exceptionally good.

Start the Conversation
and Contact…

Dr. Malcolm M. Manners,
John and Ruth Tyndall Professor of Citrus Science and Department Chair
863.680.4337
mmanners@flsouthern.edu

INTERESTED IN MAJORING
IN RECREATIONAL TURFCARE MANAGEMENT?

Scholarships are available.
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Graduate & Professional Opportunities

Many of our majors enter graduate school, earning either a master’s degree or Ph.D. in horticultural, soil science, pest management, or weed science. Others go to work as assistant superintendents at golf facilities.

 

Degree Requirements

Recreational Turfgrass Management Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 75 hours
ACC 2111 Foundations of Financial Accounting
BUS 2217 Principles of Management
BUS 3160 Marketing Principles
BUS 3311 Legal Environment of Business
BUS 3453 Managerial Finance
BUS 4999 Seminar in Strategic Management of the Business Enterprise
CHE 1011 Chemical Foundations of the Biological Sciences I and
or  
CHE 1111 Principles of Chemistry I and
CHE 1012 Chemical Foundations of the Biological Sciences II
or  
CHE 1112 Principles of Chemistry II
HRT 2100 Introduction to Horticultural Science
HRT 3301 Soil Science
HRT 3302 Plant Nutrition
HRT 3325 Principles of Turf Management
HRT 4960 Internship
or  
HRT 4961 Internship
LND 2216 Introduction to Landscaping
LND 2230 Ornamental Landscape Plants
LND 3330 Landscape Management
LND 4303 Horticultural Pest and Disease Management
SPM 2174 Management of Sport
SPM 3370 Administration of Sport
C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 0 hour
E. Total 127 hours

For a complete listing of requirements, please refer to the
Course Catalog  

 

 

Course Descriptions

Horticulture

HRT 2100 INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE
Four hours. This is the introductory course to all of the horticulture-related majors. It considers the fundamental principles and practices underlying the propagation and growing of horticultural crops. This course fulfills the Natural World student learning outcome and will empower students to develop an understanding of the scientific investigation of the natural world. Gen Ed: NW

HRT 3301 SOIL SCIENCE
Four hours. Prerequisite: CHE 1011 or 1111. This course considers the soil as a natural body including its chemical and physical properties, tillage, water management, organic matter, ecology, and principles of soil conservation. Florida soils and horticultural crops are emphasized.

HRT 3325 PRINCIPLES OF TURF MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisite: HRT 2100 or permission of the instructor. This course considers turfgrasses for recreational and landscape use, including their growth characteristics and methods of propagation. Basic management requirements, including control of important pest, disease, and weed problems are discussed. Questions of water management and turf irrigation, including water quality and availability, will also be examined.

HRT 4320 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HORTICULTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: HRT 2100 or permission of the instructor. This course will discuss specialized topics of one or more related aspects of horticulture. The course may be taken more than once.

HRT 4960 INTERNSHIP
Three hours. Prerequisites: Junior or senior status or departmental permission. This course applies horticultural theory and business in an operational setting, with supervision by cooperating practitioner and faculty. A one-semester-hour portion during the semester teaches career development skills. A two-semester-hour field experience is then completed, usually the following summer.

HRT 4961 INTERNSHIP
Three hours. Prerequisites: HRT 4960. This course applies horticultural theory and business in an operational setting, with supervision by cooperating practitioner and instructor.

For a complete list of HRT courses, see Citrus  

Sport Management

SPM 2174 MANAGEMENT OF SPORT
Four hours. An introduction to the basic concepts, career preparation skills, and professional opportunities available in sport management.

SPM 3370 ADMINISTRATION OF SPORT
Four hours. Prerequisite: SPM 2174. Foundations and applications in sport economics, sport law, sport ethics, and sport personnel issues.

Landscape Horticulture

LND 2216 INTRODUCTION TO LANDSCAPING
Four hours. This is the first course in the landscape design series. Students learn principles of design, as well as a palette of appropriate plants for the local landscape. Basic principles of landscape gardening and garden planning are taught. Other subjects include plant identification with their uses in different landscape situations and the development of a landscape plan.

LND 2230 ORNAMENTAL LANDSCAPE PLANTS
Four hours. Pre- or corequisite: HRT 2100 or permission of the instructor. This is the major plant identification class. Students learn not only the name of the plant, but also its environmental and horticultural requirements. This course involves identification, adaptation, and evaluation of trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, and herbaceous bedding plants, as well as the study of their characteristics and landscape uses. Field trips are required.

LND 3330 LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisites: HRT 2100 and LND 2230, or permission of the instructor. This course studies landscape management practices for residential and commercial sites, including cost estimating, bidding, and recordkeeping. Factors, which affect the growth and care of landscape plants, such as irrigation methods and weed management, will be evaluated. Field trips are required.

LND 4303 HORTICULTURAL PEST AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisite: HRT 2100 or permission of the instructor. This course examines the insects, mites, and nematodes affecting commercial, non-citrus horticultural crops of Florida, as well as the fungal, bacterial, and viral diseases of those crops. It considers biological, cultural, and chemical controls, planning spray programs, as well as pesticide safety and “best management practices.

LND 4416 LANDSCAPE CONTRACTING AND DESIGN
Four hours. Prerequisite: LND 2216 and 2330 and 3316 and pre- or corequisite LND 3330 or permission of the instructor. This course considers the commercial aspects of landscaping public grounds, parks, and schools. Individual projects and field trips are required.

LND 4999 NURSERY DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisites: LND 3316 or permission of the instructor and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This is the capstone course for the Landscape Horticulture major. It is a project-oriented discussion of commercial field- and container-grown nursery design and operation, cultural practices and crop scheduling, nursery management and financial planning. Field trips are required. Gen Ed: EC-C

For a complete list of LND courses, see Landscape Horticulture