Turf Management

Turf Management

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The Associate of Applied Science degree in turf management is a two-year program. The degree has an agricultural foundation but includes business and technical courses that are important to the turf industry. Turf management is an in-demand occupation based on the 2018-2019 Projected Employment Opportunities List published by the Governor's Office and the Department of Workforce Services.

Harrison is located in close proximity to many golf courses and resorts in Arkansas and southern Missouri.

This program prepares graduates for a career in the turf management industry in sports, municipal or residential settings. Studies include the science of managing turf grass, including horticulture, pest control, proper irrigation techniques and weed management; the business of managing turf grass, including inventory control, and communication; and basic maintenance of turf grass equipment. Students will complete an internship and/or work at a turf facility as part of the program.

The turf management degree can lead to careers as golf course superintendents, athletic field managers, parks managers, grounds managers, professional tree trimmers or industry sales.


Courses and Requirements Turf Management Academic Plan


Internships and Apprenticeships

North Arkansas College offers internships to students based on their major or course of study. These internships are designed to be learning experiences for our students as well as opportunities for our local industries and businesses to gain future employees through the academic work based learning process. Internships typically last for one semester while students are placed in work based learning positions while still attending classes at Northark or online. Below are some of the businesses offering internships for the turf management program.

Big Cedar Lodge logoCity of Harrison Parks and Recreation logoHoliday Island logoNorthwest Arkansas Naturals logoPinnacle Country ClubSpringfieldCardinals


Contact Us

Dr. Laura Berry
Dean of Arts, Science Business and Information Technology
(870) 391-3280

Multifaceted Degree
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The turf management degree consists of not only an agriculture foundation but also focuses on the business and technical aspects that are vital to the industry.

Hands-on Learning
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As part of the program, students will work or complete an internship at a turf facility.

Future Careers
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The turf management degree can lead to careers as golf course superintendents, athletic field managers, parks manager, grounds manager, professional tree trimmers or inudstry sales.