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Landscape and Turf Management

Courses

Core Courses

  • Fundamentals of Soil Science
  • Ag Computers
  • Introduction to Turfgrass Management
  • Principles of Horticulture
  • Botany for Horticulture
  • Construction Safety
  • Pesticide Application Certification
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Plant Propagation I
  • Woody Plant Materials
  • Landscape Construction
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Landscape Estimating and Bidding
  • Entrepreneurship in Agriculture
  • Advanced Turfgrass Management
  • Electives - Choose from agriculture and science electives to meet your career needs and interests.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 71
Program Start: Fall, Spring

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Careers

Positions

Careers in landscape and turf management include:

  • Golf course management
  • Sports turf manager
  • Landscape design
  • Landscape installation
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Lawn care
  • Garden center manager
  • Greenhouse production

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 $89,200* $109,600*
First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers $28,200 $40,100 $46,000
Grounds Maintenance Workers $24,800 $35,100 $40,300
Vegetation Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators $21,500 $30,100 $34,400
Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse Farmworkers and Laborers $20,100 $28,600 $32,800
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers $18,800 $26,500 $30,300

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development
* Source: 2017 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

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Contact Us

Student Success Specialist Laurie Plum Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1065 Bremer Hall 124
Program Advisor Dan Lichty Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1316 Bremer Hall 111G
Program Advisor Doug Miller Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1366 Bremer Hall 111G
Department Secretary Dianne Lellig Email me 319-296-4011 Butler Hall 131
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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