Turfgrass Science and Management is an applied science program that focuses on the production and maintenance of grassed areas, including home lawns, parks, golf courses and other athletic surfaces. This concentration integrates scientific theory with practical experience and covers such topics as grass and seed identification, turfgrass culture and physiology, pest control, and equipment maintenance. Students in this concentration have the option of selecting a business management or a science focus. Many graduates find employment in the golf course industry, while others choose to specialize in sports turf management. The lawn care industry also employs many of our graduates in jobs as varied as research, sales, and direct lawn maintenance.
Recently, top players from Longwood Cricket Club came out to live-test wear on grass courts we created. The testing involved playing for two hours on eight different species of grasses, after which our team of Turfgrass experts tested the level of wear on each of the species. See the video produced by UMass News & Media Relations below for more information.