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Turfgrass Science

With Penn State-bred varieties found on 90 percent of the world's golf courses, the sun never sets on Penn State turfgrass. Be a part of the largest turfgrass program in the nation with our Turfgrass Science major.

This major focuses on the principles and practices of turfgrass establishment, management, and production for aesthetic, recreational, and conservation purposes.

Why Major in Turfgrass Science?

You may choose this major if you want to:

  • help provide high-quality, safe, recreational areas
  • help enhance the environment and provide quality landscapes
  • understand the various roles of turf in land use and planning decisions

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The number of job openings in the agricultural industry annually exceeds the number of available qualified graduates.

A variety of career choices are available to you:

  • Conservation
  • Sports Stadium Manager
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Industrial Representative
  • International Turfgrass Specialist
  • Landscape Contracting and Maintenance Specialist
  • Lawn Specialist
  • Research Aide
  • Sod Farm Manager
  • Turfgrass Scientist
  • Vegetation Manager

Learn More

Visit the Turfgrass Science Major website for course requirements, opportunities, and more information.

Contact Information

Andrew McNitt
  • Program Coordinator, Turfgrass Science Major
Phone: 814-863-1368