Turf Management (B.S.)

Love sports and working outdoors? Become an expert in the science of maintaining golf courses, sports fields, and more. Small class sizes and hands-on, on-site learning give DelVal Turf Management grads a top-flight reputation in the golf and turf industries, with a nearly 100% rate of job placement by graduation.

For decades, DelVal has been preparing students for careers in the turf industry with its unique combination of hands-on classroom learning and required work experience. Our turf research center, putting green, sports fields, and acres of lawn turf on campus provide a living laboratory for this program. Students visit many of the 70 courses within an hour's drive of campus. The student-run Turf Club takes trips, hosts speakers, and attends conferences. Our E360 program enables you to graduate with at least two real-world work experiences.

real-world experience
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Meet Dr. Doug Linde, professor of turf management and golf coach
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The combination of small classroom courses, hands-on learning on the DelVal campus, and E360 work experience prepare you for a career in turf management. 

Core Turf Management Courses:
  • Soils
  • Intro to Turf
  • Turf Cultural Systems
  • Turf Pest Management
  • Case Studies in Turf
  • Golf Course Design and Construction
  • Supervision and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Irrigation Technology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Pesticides for the Green Industry
  • Spanish for Agriculture
Recommended Minors
  • Agribusiness
  • Business Administration/Sports Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Landscape Design/Build
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The Experience360 Program gives you the opportunity to apply classroom lessons to real-world activities like internships, career exploration experiences, student research, study abroad, leadership development and more.

Career Paths

With 100 percent of our students having real-world, hands-on experience, graduates with a degree in turf management find employment managing turf for:

  • Golf courses
  • Sports fields
  • Lawn care


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Student Clubs and Organizations
Floral Society

Expand your knowledge through field trips, speakers, and practicing floral techniques!

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Student Clubs and Organizations

Work with other students to host our annual fair on campus!

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Student Clubs and Organizations
American Society of Landscape Architects

Reach beyond aesthetics and attend to real issues that will positively affect tomorrow!

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Student Clubs and Organizations
Landscape Nursery Club

Develop landscaping awareness and beauty in the world!

Dr. Douglas Linde, Professor


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