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Landscape and Turf Management

Courses

Core Courses

  • Horticulture Safety
  • Equipment Operations
  • Introduction and Advanced Turfgrass Management
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Landscape Construction
  • Athletic Field Maintenance
  • Principles of Horticulture
  • Identifying Plant and Landscape Problems
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Landscape Estimating and Bidding
  • Maintaining Turf and Landscape Equipment
  • Horticulture Lab
  • Pesticide Application Certification
  • Employment Experience
  • Current Topics in Horticulture

Program Details

Award: Diploma
Required number of credits: 42
Program Start: Fall

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost

Careers

Positions

Careers in landscape and turf management include:

  • Golf course superintendent
  • Sports turf manager
  • Property manager
  • Landscape foreman
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Lawn care technician

The program is nationally known for the quality of managers and superintendents. Local, as well as employers from all over the country, regularly hire interns and graduates to fill open positions.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Golf Course Superintendents and Turf Managers $93,200* $109,600*
Grounds Maintenance Workers $25,900 $36,300 $41,500
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers $19,800 $28,300 $32,500
Pesticide Handlers, Vegetation Sprayers and Applicators $27,900 $35,600 $39,500
Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers $31,900 $47,300 $54,900

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development
* Source: 2019 Benefits and Compensation Report, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Employers

The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Bear Creek Landscapes Cedar Falls, IA
Beaver Hills Country Club Cedar Falls, IA
City of Cedar Falls Cedar Falls, IA
Elmcrest Country Club Cedar Rapids, IA
Iowa Cubs Des Moines, IA
Matthias Landscaping Co. Cedar Falls, IA
Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, MN
Sunnyside Country Club Waterloo, IA
Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping Dunkerton, IA
Waterloo Leisure Services Waterloo, IA

Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Student Success Specialist Cody Chesmore Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1223 Bremer Hall 124
Program Advisor Doug Miller Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1366 Bremer Hall 111G
Administrative Assistant Connie Smith Email me 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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