Turfgrass (B.S.)

FAST FACTS ›

  • About 15 of our students work with Clemson's athletic facilities such as the Walker Course and Doug Kingsmore Stadium each semester.
  • During the Masters, you can typically find a Clemson student interning for the Augusta National Golf Club.
  • Clemson’s 18-hole Walker Course is just steps from the classroom doors.
  • The grass grown in Death Valley is Bermuda TifWay 419, a specialty turf perfect for the climate in Clemson.
ABOUT.

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. 

CLASSES.

What you'll study:

As a turfgrass student, you’ll find that this major takes the understanding of biology, chemistry 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, soil and water conservation, drainage and irrigation, microbiology and plant breeding.

Curriculum:

Popular Minors:

  • Agricultural Business Management
  • Agricultural Mechanization and Business
  • Business Administration
  • Crop and Soil Environmental Science
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Science and Policy

Similar Majors:

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM.

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.

Internships and Research Projects:

ATHLETICS:
Clemson’s athletic facilities manager is a Clemson turfgrass graduate and knows the importance of real-world learning. On the sidelines of Clemson’s football and baseball fields, turfgrass students are mastering important skills.
RESEARCH:
Turf research plots serve our turfgrass students and faculty with a facility where they are able to conduct research. Projects may look at disease, pest, irrigation and drainage concerns.
GREENHOUSE:
Within Clemson’s elaborate greenhouses, space is dedicated to turfgrass research. You’ll be able to get in on the action and perform research in root physiology, pest management and developing sustainable turf varieties.
INTERN:
Popular student internship spots include the Pinehurst Golf Club, St. Andrew Golf Club in England, as well as positions with the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox.

Connect with Other Students:

CAREERS.

What are students doing at graduation?*

80%

Employed

0%

Grad School

20%

Seeking Employment

0%

Other

Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

  • Greenville Country Club — Assistant Superintendent
  • Precision Turf — Foreman

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • Clemson University — Master’s

Common Career Areas**

  • 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
*Represents only Clemson University graduates who completed Michelin Career Center surveys from 2009 to 2011.
**Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.
FIND OUT MORE.

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

Katie Black, Student Recruitment Coordinator
888-472-5433 — hulse@clemson.edu