Whether you work in golf course maintenance, professional lawn care, grounds maintenance, sod production, sales and service, athletic field maintenance, or research support, this program can help you excel in your career.
A comprehensive course of study that builds upon the basic turfgrass management certificate program. Completion of this program fulfills the education requirement for Class A membership in the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
This will provide you with technical turf knowledge as well as the ability to plan and implement projects, direct personnel, communicate effectively, conduct training programs, and manage finances. You can also apply the credits earned in this program toward a bachelor's degree in turfgrass science.
This program covers a wide range of topics essential to contemporary turfgrass management. In addition to covering pesticides, weed control, morphology, entomology, pathology, edaphology, and cultural systems, the program is designed to sharpen your skills in such areas as business management, speech communications, and organic chemistry. It's a great way to maximize your career potential in any turfgrass-related field.
The agricultural biosecurity and food defense course work can be completed in just over a year and demonstrates to your employer your commitment to a deeper understanding of the vulnerabilities and protection of our food system. The 12 credits earned with the graduate certificate may be applied to the Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense option.
The graduate certificate in bioenergy is ideal for you if you are a current or aspiring practitioner who wants to obtain advanced skills to further your career in the growing bioenergy industry. Students will come from varied undergraduate preparations, but experience in science or engineering is advised for this graduate certificate. The bioenergy field is rapidly evolving, and many career paths are emerging. With this graduate certificate you can acquire the skills — applied science, communication, business, social, and industry perspectives — that companies will look for in professionals who lead their bioenergy projects.
The community and economic development certificate program provides graduate-level courses for entry and mid-career professionals who wish to expand their knowledge and skills for dealing with quality-of-life and development issues in neighborhoods, towns, small cities, and rural regions. The program also meets the needs of those who are considering a career in community and economic development and want to find out if this profession is right for them.
With the master of professional development in community and economic development, students gain the knowledge necessary to navigate the complexities of communities and community organizations and inspire positive changes on a local, regional, and national level.
The Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense Option is designed to build an understanding of the theories, skills, and technologies associated with plant and animal agricultural biosecurity, food processing security, active and passive surveillance systems for infectious disease, diagnostic and sensor technologies, disease-predictive modeling capabilities, epidemiology, protection and mitigation approaches, and microbial forensic capabilities.
In the bioenergy option of Penn State's online intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (iMPS-RESS) degree, you can gain an in-depth understanding of the applied technologies used in production, harvesting, and handling of biomass and its various energy products. Students will be prepared to lead projects involving crop production, harvesting, storage, ecology, genetics, fermentation, engineering, value chain systems modeling, marketing, economics, and sociology.
This program balances turfgrass courses with hands-on, applicable business courses that integrate theory and practice in addressing real problems encountered in turfgrass facility management. It's ideal for individuals who want to hone their turfgrass technology skills or, for those who already have a solid understanding of turf, this degree can provide the business and project management skills to round out career development.