Turfgrass (B.S.)


Clemson's turfgrass graduates are more than par for the course; they live their lives on the green. Graduates don't have a problem finding happiness when they surround themselves with a viable career they are passionate about. As you move through your classes, you'll learn the science, technology, management and business beyond the grass. Growing grass may seem like a simple concept, but there's more to it than just sowing a seed. Graduates who take on positions as superintendents or athletic grounds managers have high expectations from spectators and athletes for pristine playing surfaces. This requires managing a budget, employees, equipment, chemicals, environmental factors, soil and technology to produce a product that takes quite a consistent beating. We'll teach you how to manage these factors, plus you'll learn the technology and science behind the grass and which turf varieties are bred specifically for their respective region, soil and purpose. 


  • During the Masters, you can typically find a Clemson student interning for the Augusta National Golf Club.
  • Clemson's 18-hole Walker Course has updated all of their greens to Diamond Zoysiagrass, a specialty turf perfect for the transition climate in Clemson.
  • The Clemson Turf Club has won several Carolinas Turf Bowl Competitions and arranged for turf majors to attend local and national turf conferences.
  • The Turf Club recently placed fourth overall at the national turf bowl competition with 73 competing teams.
  • Many students are employed with Clemson's amazing turfgrass facilities at either the Walker Golf Course, athletic facilities such as Doug Kingsmore Stadium, or with the research fields for the department.
  • South Carolina is home to more than 450 golf courses.


As a turfgrass student, you'll find that this major takes the understanding of biology, chemistry, soils, communication and management and applies it to the real world. You'll take on course work in science, math and business in order to prepare for a career that is truly greener on the other side. Becoming a professional in this industry requires a strong knowledge as well as solid experience; therefore, each student is required to complete an internship.

Depending on your career goals, you'll have the opportunity to select from an approved list of courses to tailor your studies to your particular objective or interest area. Approved course work includes options such as plant pathology, landscape plants, environmental sciences, soil and water conservation, drainage and irrigation, microbiology and plant breeding.


Popular Minors

  • Agricultural Business Management
  • Agricultural Mechanization and Business
  • Business Administration
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Plant and Environmental Sciences


Turfgrass students have various opportunities to get in the field. Through classroom instruction, laboratories and research, you'll see firsthand how to take classroom learning into the workforce.

 On the sidelines of Clemson football, baseball and soccer you'll find turfgrass students working and mastering important skills.
 Campus is home to a prominent 18-hole championship course that employs a number of students learning the technical knowledge of these playing surfaces.
 Turf research plots serve our turfgrass students and faculty with a facility where they are able to conduct research. Projects may look at different types of turfgrass management and evaluations, disease, pest, irrigation and drainage concerns.
 Within Clemson's elaborate greenhouses, space is dedicated to turfgrass research and teaching. You'll be able to get in on the action and perform research in root physiology, pest management and developing sustainable turf varieties.
 Students are required to complete an internship. Through this program you'll be able to make a name for yourself at many local and national golf courses and sports fields as well as within supporting industries.



Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.


  • Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

    Woodmont Country Club

  • Farm Manager

    Inman Sod

  • Green and Grounds Staff

    Quail Hollow Club

  • Turf Grounds Assistant

    The Denver Broncos

  • Assistant Field Manager

    The Washington Nationals


  • M.S. Plant and Environmental Sciences

    Clemson University


    • Turfgrass Management 
    • Golf Courses 
    • Sports Fields
    • Lawn Care Businesses
    • Sod Productions 
    • Turfgrass Industry-Related Business
    • Farm Management
    • Research and Development
    • Chemicals, Equipment and Support
    • Ag Chemicals
    • Turf Irrigation
    • Turf Equipment (Mowers, Cutters, etc.)
    • Turf Support Product and Sales 
    • Research and Development
    • Turfgrass Specialist
    • Turf Weed Specialist
    • Turf Pathologist
    • Turf Entomologist
    • Landscape and Environmental Specialist

Used with permission from the University of Tennessee.


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Madison Cutts

Coordinator of Student Recruitment