TURF 230: Turfgrass Pesticides

1 credit course. Offered Spring and Fall. Covers chemical toxicity, formulations, environmental fate, labels, MSDS, calibration, IPM, safety, handling, storage, and Pennsylvania certification and regulations.

TURF 235: The Turfgrass

3 credit course. Offered Spring and Fall. Characterization of the primary plant species used for sports, lawn and utility turf; includes turfgrass morphology, environmental adaptation, and cultural requirements.

TURF 238: Turf and Ornamental Weed Control

3 credit course. Offered Spring and (Summer, even years). Introduces the development of integrated weed management strategies utilizing a variety of cultural and chemical methods.

TURF 295: Internship

3 credit course. Offered Summer and Fall. Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required. Due to the requirements of internship providers to adhere to CDC guidelines concerning COVID-19 and Penn State's policy to grant permission to complete on-site internships, the TURF program requests that students register for TURF 295 for FA20 by August 7. This will allow enough time for students to complete the necessary forms and for permission to be granted by Penn State for students to complete internships for credit.

TURF 307: Golf Course Irrigation and Drainage

3 credit course. Offered Spring. This is a course developed to instruct students, interested in working in the turfgrass management profession. Note: PLANT 217 may not be substituted for TURF 307 for prescribed course credit. The majority of the course is devoted to irrigation topics with a strong concentration on turfgrass irrigation applications, while the remainder concerns surface and subsurface drainage. The course covers the following topics: The influence of weather on irrigation management; sprinkler characteristics, selection; management of piping and control systems; maximizing irrigation efficiency by using turfgrass evapotranspiration, soil characteristics, and expectations of venue; fundamental hydraulics, irrigation layout and piping sizing; pump characteristics and system winterization; surface and subsurface drainage systems. The course also includes short field trips to various local industry-related facilities for educational evaluation.

TURF 425: Turfgrass Cultural Systems

3 credit course. A study of turfgrass maintenance practices and how their interrelationships can be utilized to develop management systems. Students will integrate different turfgrass maintenance practices into sound management strategies that lead to the production of high-quality turfgrass areas.

TURF 434: Turfgrass Edaphology

3 credit course. Offered Spring and Summer. Students will learn to interpret soil physical results using the United States Golf Associated specifications for greens construction, evaluate and manipulate the physical properties of a soil in order to provide a quality turfgrass stand under varying conditions, and more.

TURF 435: Turfgrass Nutrition

4 credit course. Offered Spring. A study in the nutrition and growth of turfgrass plants, emphasizing constructed and mineral soil fertility, nutrient uptake and function, and fertilizer use efficiency.

TURF 436W: Case Studies in Turfgrass Management

3 credit course. Offered Fall. Case study and discussion considering integrated management of selected turfgrass sites; emphasis on problem analysis, principle application, and decision making.

TURF 490: Colloquium

1 credit course. Offered Fall. Oral presentations developed by students in consultation with the course instructor.

TURF 495: Internship

3 credit course. Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall. Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required. Due to the requirements of internship providers to adhere to CDC guidelines concerning COVID-19 and Penn State's policy to grant permission to complete on-site internships, the TURF program requests that students register for TURF 495 for FA20 by August 7. This will allow enough time for students to complete the necessary forms and for permission to be granted by Penn State for students to complete internships for credit.