Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Turfgrass & Landscape Management

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass & Landscape Management
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Chief Adviser: Anne Streich
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Turfgrass & Landscape Management

Turfgrass & Landscape Management

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Turfgrass & Landscape Management

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass & Landscape Management

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

CHIEF ADVISER: Anne Streich

DESCRIPTION

This degree program provides students with a balanced education focusing on turfgrass and landscape plant management, biology and function, sustainability and environmental concerns, as well as courses in mathematics, science and humanities. Students in this degree program will select either the Turfgrass Management or Landscape Management Option, allowing them to focus on important aspects that are distinct to their selected career path.

Turfgrass Management Option is designed for students considering careers as golf course superintendents, sports turf managers, resort grounds managers, lawn care service owners and operators, institution and grounds managers, estate managers, sod producers, sales representatives, industry technical representatives, educators, and consultants. This option is also suitable for considering graduate study, or careers in academia and research.

Landscape Management Option is designed for students interested in careers as landscape management contractors, landscape management service providers, botanical garden and arboretum directors or managers, landscape plant producers, estate managers, sales representatives, industry technical representatives, educators and consultants. This option also provides preparation for graduate study, or careers in academia and research.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Core Requirements

The following basic courses are required for a BS degree in turfgrass and landscape management. In addition, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the options. Students should work with their advisers to assure that the ten ACE requirements of the University of NebraskaLincoln are met.

College Integrative Course3

AGRI 103/NRES 103 Introduction to Agricultural & Natural Resource Systems3

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra) (ACE 3)5

Select from:

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)

Communications9

Written Communication (ACE 1)3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254; JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 300

Communication and Interpersonal Skills (ACE 2)3

Select from: ALEC 102, COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 286; JGEN 300

Communications Elective3

Select any ACE 1 or ACE 2 course.

Natural Sciences (ACE 4)12

CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I4

CHEM 106 Chemistry in Context II4

MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture & Life Sciences4

Students interested in advanced studies beyond the BS degree are encouraged to take CHEM 109, CHEM 110, and PHYS 141, PHYS 151, or PHYS 211.

Economics, Humanities, and Social Sciences15

ECON 200, ECON 211 or ECON 212 or AECN 141 (ACE 6)3

Select one course each in ACE areas 5, 7, 8, and 912

Specific Major Requirements

Requirements

General (includes CASNR Approved Life Sciences)18

BIOS 109 General Botany4

AGRO 131 Plant Science (HORT 131)3

AGRO 132 Agronomic Plant Science Lab or HORT 133 Horticultural Plant Science Lab1

AGRO 153 Soil Resources (HORT 153/SOIL 153)4

TLMT 227 Introductory Turfgrass Management (AGRO 227/HORT 227/PGAM 227)3

TLMT 228 Introduction to Landscape Management (AGRO 228/HORT 228)3

Leadership and Professional Skills2

TLMT 395 Career Experience (AGRO 395/HORT 395) or TLMT 295 Turfgrass & Landscape Management Extended Internship2

Students must have at least two separate career experiences.

Plant Identification and Utilization6

Select a minimum of 6 cr from the following courses:

HORT 212 Landscape Plants I (LARC 212/NRES 212) (3 cr)

HORT 213 Landscape Plants II (LARC 213/NRES 213) (3 cr)

HORT 214 Herbaceous Landscape Plants (NRES 214) (3 cr)

Plant Growth and Development8

AGRO 315 Genetics4

AGRO 325 Introductory Plant Physiology4

Total Major Requirements37

Turfgrass Management Option

The Turfgrass Management Option is designed for students considering careers as golf course superintendents, sports turf managers, resort grounds managers, lawn care service owners and operators, institution and grounds managers, estate managers, sod producers, sales representatives, industry technical representatives, educators, and consultants. This option is also suitable for considering graduate study, or careers in academia and research.

College Capstone Course (ACE 10)3

TLMT 427 Turfgrass Systems Management3

Option Requirements32

AGRO 366 Soil Nutrient Relationships (SOIL 366)4

TLMT 127 Survey of Turfgrass & Landscape Management (AGRO 127/HORT 127)1

TLMT 229 Introductory Turfgrass Management Lab (AGRO 229/HORT 229)1

TLMT 327 Turfgrass Science & Management (AGRO 327/HORT 327)3

TLMT 414 Turfgrass Disease Management (AGRO 414/HORT 414/PLPT 414)1

Pest & Environment Management10

AGRO 426 Invasive Plants (HORT 426/NRES 426)3

ENTO 115 Insect Biology (BIOS 115)3

ENTO 116 Insect Identification (BIOS 116)1

PLPT 369 Introductory Plant Pathology (BIOS 369)3

Business and Personnel Management12

Select a minimum of 12 cr from the following courses:

ACCT 200 Accounting for Business Decisions (3 cr)

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I (3 cr)

AECN 275 Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Finance (AGRO 275/EAEP 275/ENTR 275/HORT 275) (3 cr)

BLAW 300 Business, Government & Society (3 cr)

ECON 200 Economic Essentials & Issues (3 cr)

ENTR 421 Initiating & Managing Entrepreneurial Growth (MNGT 421) (3 cr)

ENTR 422 Managing Rapid Growth & Change in Organizations (MNGT 422) (3 cr)

ENTR 423 Business Plan Development & Decision Making (MNGT 423) (3 cr)

ENTR 488 Business Management for Agricultural Enterprises (ABUS 488/AGRO 488/EAEP 488/HORT 488) (3 cr)

FINA 300 Financial Decision Making (3 cr)

HORT 388 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (ABUS 388/AGRO 388/EAEP 388/ENTR 388) (3 cr)

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 361 Human Resource Management (3 cr)

MRKT 300 Contemporary Marketing (3 cr)

NOTE: ACCT 200, BLAW 300, ECON 200, FINA 300, MNGT 300 and MRKT 300 are required for a business minor. BLAW 300 will fulfill an ACE 8 requirement. ECON 200 will fulfill an ACE 6 requirement. The remaining 12 hours can be taken to fulfill the Business and Personnel Management requirement. Contact your adviser for further information, if you are interested in pursuing a business minor.

College Core41

Major and Option Requirements72

Free Electives7

Total Credit Hours120

Landscape Management Option

The Landscape Management Option is designed for students interested in careers as landscape management contractors, landscape management service providers, botanical garden and arboretum directors or managers, landscape plant producers, estate managers, sales representatives, industry technical representatives, educators and consultants. This option also provides preparation for graduate study, or careers in academia.

College Capstone Course (ACE 10)3

TLMT 470 Critical Thinking in Landscape Management (AGRO 470/HORT 470)3

Option Requirements31

HORT 488 Business Management for Agricultural Enterprises (ABUS 488/AGRO 488/EAEP 488/ENTR 488)3

TLMT 127 Survey of Turfgrass & Landscape Management (AGRO 127/HORT 127)1

TLMT 326 Landscape Solutions (AGRO 326/HORT 326)3

TLMT 330 Pruning Ornamentals (AGRO 330/HORT 330)1

TLMT 414 Turfgrass Disease Management (AGRO 414/HORT 414/PLPT 414)1

Pest and Environment Management10

ENTO 115 Insect Biology (BIOS 115)3

ENTO 116 Insect Identification (BIOS 116)1

PLPT 369 Introductory Plant Pathology (BIOS 369)3

Select a minimum of 3 cr from the following courses:3

AGRO 366 Soil Nutrient Relationships (SOIL 366) (4 cr)

AGRO 426 Invasive Plants (HORT 426/NRES 426) (3 cr)

ENTO 403 Management of Horticultural Crop Insects (3 cr)

HORT 212 Landscape Plants I (LARC 212/NRES 212) (3 cr)

HORT 213 Landscape Plants II (LARC 213/NRES 213) (3 cr)

HORT 214 Herbaceous Landscape Plants I (LARC 214/NRES 214) (3 cr)

HORT 452 Irrigation Systems Management (MSYM 452/WATS 452) (3 cr)

TLMT 327 Turfgrass Science & Management (AGRO 327/HORT 327) (3 cr)

Business and Personnel Management12

Select a minimum of 12 cr from the following courses:

ACCT 200 Accounting for Business Decisions (3 cr)

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I (3 cr)

AECN 275 Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Finance (AGRO 275/EAEP 275/ENTR 275/HORT 275) (3 cr)

BLAW 300 Business, Government & Society (3 cr)

ECON 200 Economic Essentials & Issues (3 cr)

ENTR 421 Entrepreneurship & Venture Management (MNGT 421) (3 cr)

ENTR 422 Small Business Management (MNGT 422) (3 cr)

ENTR 423 Small Business Growth & Development (MNGT 423) (3 cr)

FINA 300 Financial Decision Making (3 cr)

HORT 388 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (ABUS 388/AGRO 388/EAEP 388/ENTR 388) (3 cr)

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 361 Personnel/Human Resource Management (3 cr)

MRKT 300 Contemporary Marketing (3 cr)

NOTE: ACCT 200, BLAW 300, ECON 200, FINA 300, MNGT 300 and MRKT 300 are required for a business minor. BLAW 300 will fulfill an ACE 8 requirement. ECON 200 will fulfill an ACE 6 requirement. The remaining 12 hours can be taken to fulfill the Business and Personnel Management requirement. Contact your advisor for further information, if you are interested in pursuing a business minor.

College Core41

Major and Option Requirements71

Free Electives8

Total Credit Hours120

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Turfgrass and Landscape Management Minor

A 19-hour minor in turfgrass and landscape management is available through the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. An adviser for the minor will be assigned by the turfgrass and landscape management coordinator. Requirements are as follows:

Core Courses12

TLMT 227 Introductory Turfgrass Management (AGRO 227/HORT 227/PGAM 227)3

TLMT 228 Introduction to Landscape Management (AGRO 228/HORT 228)3

TLMT 326 Landscape Solutions (AGRO 326/HORT 326) or TLMT 327 Turfgrass Science & Management (AGRO 327/HORT 327)3

TLMT 427 Turfgrass Systems Management (AGRO 427/HORT 427) or TLMT 470 Critical Thinking in Landscape Management (AGRO 470/HORT 470)3

Select 7 cr from the following courses:7

TLMT 326 Landscape Solutions (AGRO 326/HORT 326) (3 cr)

TLMT 327 Turfgrass Science & Management (AGRO 327/HORT 327) (3 cr)

TLMT 330 Pruning Ornamentals (AGRO 330/HORT 330) (1 cr)

TLMT 414 Turfgrass Disease Management (AGRO 414/HORT 414/PLPT 414) (1 cr)

TLMT 427 Turfgrass Systems Management (AGRO 427/HORT 427) (3 cr)

TLMT 470 Critical Thinking in Landscape Management (AGRO 470/HORT 470) (3 cr)

Total19

A minor in turfgrass and landscape management compliments several majors in CASNR including horticulture, agricultural education, agribusiness, insect science, plant protection sciences, professional golf management, and hospitality, restaurant and tourism management. Students completing this minor, along with a complimentary major, will be more competitive for employment opportunities in a variety of positions. In addition, knowledge and skills gained would allow for expansion of business operations to include turfgrass and landscape management services.

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

College Admission

Requirements for admission into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) are consistent with general University admission requirements (one unit equals one high school year): 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics, 3 units of natural sciences, 3 units of social studies, and 2 units of foreign language. Students must also meet performance requirements (ACT composite of 20 or higher OR combined SAT score of 950 or higher OR rank in the top one-half of graduating class; transfer students must have a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average and 2.0 on most recent term of attendance.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students who are admitted to CASNR with core course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies within the first 30 credit hours at UNL, or within the first calendar year at UNL, whichever takes longer, excluding foreign languages. Students have up to 60 credit hours to remove foreign language deficiencies. College-level course work taken to remove deficiencies may be used to meet degree requirements in CASNR.

Deficiencies in the required entrance subjects can be removed by completion of specified courses in the University or by correspondence.

The Office of Admissions, Alexander Building (east entrance), City Campus, provides information to new students on how deficiencies can be removed.

College Degree Requirements

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum requirements of the College consist of three areas: ACE (Achievement-Centered Education); College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Core; and Degree Program requirements and electives. All three areas of the College Curriculum Requirements are incorporated within the description of the Major/Degree Program sections of the bulletin. The individual major/degree program listings of classes insures that a student will meet the minimum curriculum requirements of the College.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Two units of a foreign language are required. This requirement is usually met with two years of high school language.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

The College grants the bachelors degree in programs associated with agricultural sciences, natural resources and related programs. Students working toward a degree must earn at least 120 semester hours of credit. A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Grade Rules

Removal of C-, D and F Grades

Only the most recent letter grade received in a given course will be used in computing a student’s cumulative grade point average if the student has completed the course more than once and previously received a grade or grades below C in that course.

The previous grade (or grades) will not be used in computation of the cumulative grade point average, but it will remain a part of the academic record and will appear on any transcript.

A student can remove from his/her cumulative average a course grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F if the student repeats the same course at the University of Nebraska and receives a grade other than P (pass), I (incomplete), N (no pass), W (withdrew), or NR (no report). If a course is no longer being offered, it is not eligible for the revised grade point average computation process.

For complete procedures and regulations, see the Office of the University Registrar website at http://www.unl.edu/regrec/course-repeats.

Pass/No Pass Limits

Students in CASNR may take any course offered on a Pass/No Pass basis within the 24-hour limitation established by the Faculty Senate. However, a department may specify that the Pass/No Pass status of its courses be limited to non-majors, or may choose to offer some courses for letter grades only.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Transfer Credit Rules

To be considered for admission, a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, credits earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. Sixty is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept from a four-year college. Transfer credit in the degree program must be approved by the degree program adviser on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major. At least 9 hours in the major field, including the capstone course, must be completed at UNL regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College will accept no more than 10 semester hours of C-, D+, D and D- grades from other schools. The C-, D+, D and D- grades can only be applied to free electives. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL.

Joint Academic Transfer Programs

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has agreements with many institutions to support joint academic programs. The transfer programs include dual degree programs and cooperative degree programs. Dual degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive a degree from a participating institution and also to complete requirements for a bachelor of science degree in CASNR. Cooperative programs result in a single degree from either UNL or the cooperating institution.

Dual Degree Programs

A to B Programs

The A to B Program, a joint academic program offered by the CASNR and participating community colleges, allows students to complete the first two years of a degree program at the participating community college and continue their education and study in a degree program leading toward a bachelor of science degree.

The A to B Program provides a basic knowledge plus specialized course work. Students transfer into CASNR with junior standing.

Depending on the community college, students enrolled in the A to B Program may complete the requirements for an associate of science at the community college, transfer to UNL, and work toward a bachelor of science degree.

Participating community colleges include:

  • Central Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Mid-Plains Community College
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College
  • Western Nebraska Community College

3+2 Programs

Two specialized degree programs in animal science and veterinary science are offered jointly with an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. These two programs permit CASNR animal science or veterinary science students to receive a bachelor of science degree from UNL with a degree in animal science or veterinary science after successfully completing two years of the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine at an accredited veterinary school. Students who successfully complete the 3+2 Program, must complete the “Application for Degree” form and provide transcripts to the Credentials Clerk, Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, UNL. Students should discuss these degree programs with their academic adviser.

Cooperative Degree Programs

Academic credit from UNL and a cooperating institution is applied towards a four-year degree from either UNL (UNL degree-granting program) or the cooperating institution (non UNL degree-granting program). All have approved programs of study.

UNL Degree-Granting Programs

A UNL degree-granting program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a two-year program of study at one of the four-year institutions listed below, transfer to CASNR and complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree.

Chadron State College. Chadron State College offers a 2+2 program leading to a grassland ecology and management degree program.

University of Nebraska at Kearney. Transfer programs are available for students pursuing degree programs leading to a bachelor of science degree.

University of Nebraska at Omaha. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) cooperates with CASNR in providing four-semester pre-agricultural sciences, pre-natural resources, pre-food science and technology, and pre-horticulture transfer programs.

A student enrolled in these programs may transfer all satisfactorily completed academic credits identified in the suggested program of study, and enter CASNR to study toward a degree program leading to a bachelor of science degree. The total program would require a minimum of four years or eight semesters (16 credit hours/semester or 120 credit hours).

UNL CASNR faculty teach horticulture and food science and technology courses at UNO to assist an urban population in better understanding the food processing, horticulture, and landscape horticulture industries.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Steven Rodie, Pre-Horticulture Program, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 402-554-3752; and/or the CASNR Dean’s Office, 800-472-8800, ext. 2541.

Non UNL Degree-Granting Programs

The CASNR cooperates with other institutions to provide course work that is applied towards a degree at the cooperating institution. Pre-professional programs offered by CASNR allow students to complete the first two or three years of a degree program at UNL prior to transferring and completing a degree at the cooperating institution.

Chadron State College–Range Science. The 3+1 Program in range science allows Chadron State College students to pursue a range science degree through Chadron State College. Students complete three years of course work at Chadron State College and one year of specialized range science course work (32 credit hours) at CASNR.

Dordt College (Iowa) – Agricultural Education: Teaching Option. This program allows students to pursue an Agricultural Education Teaching Option degree leading toward a bachelor of science in agricultural education. Students at Dordt College will complete 90 credit hours in the Agricultural Education: Teaching Option Transfer Program.

Residency

Students must complete at least 30 of the total hours for their degree using UNL credits. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

Online and Distance Education

There are many opportunities to earn college credit through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of Online and Distance Education. Some of these credits may be applicable not only as elective credits, but also toward the fulfillment of the College’s education requirements. Credits earned through the UNL Online and Distance Education program may count toward residency. However, certain offerings may not be counted toward scholarship requirements or academic recognition criteria.

For further information, contact:

Office of Online and Distance Education

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2100 Vine Street

Lincoln, NE 68588-8307

402-472-2175

http://online.unl.edu/

Independent Study Rules

Students wishing to take part in independent studies must obtain permission; complete and sign a contract form; and furnish copies of the contract to the instructor, adviser, departmental office, and the Dean’s Office. The contract should be completed before registration. Forms are available in 103 Agricultural Hall or online at the CASNR website.

Independent study projects include research, literature review or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Students may only count 12 hours of independent study toward their degrees and no more than 6 hours can be counted during their last 36 hours earned, excluding senior thesis, internships, and courses taught under an independent study number.

Other College Degree Requirements

Capstone Course Requirement

A capstone course is required for each CASNR degree program. A capstone course is defined as a course in which students are required to integrate diverse bodies of knowledge to solve a problem or formulate a policy of societal importance.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at www.ace.unl.

The minimum requirements of CASNR reflect the common core of courses that apply to students pursuing degrees in the college. Students should work with an adviser to satisfy ACE outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 with the college requirements.

Bulletin Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted to UNL or when they were first admitted to a Joint Academic Transfer Program. In consultation with advisers, a student may choose to follow a subsequent bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. The bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.