Landscape and Turf Management


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

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



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 $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


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 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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