The 61-credit online degree program in turfgrass science is an excellent way for working adults everywhere to get a reputable degree conveniently, without having to leave work or home to attend classes on a campus.
To earn this associate degree, you must successfully complete:
- 31 major course credits — this includes courses that count toward General Education
- 21 General Education credits
- 18 supporting credits
Some of the courses earned in the basic and advanced certificates will apply toward satisfying the 31 major course credits requirement in the associate degree, but it is not possible to earn either certificate completely within the associate degree.
For those wishing to continue their studies further, the 61 credits earned toward an associate degree can often be applied toward the requirements of a bachelor's degree at Penn State, or at another institution. However, some additional course work may be necessary.
Course List - Associate in Science in Turfgrass Science and Management
A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major.
Requirements for the Major (61 credits)
This includes 15 credits in General Education courses: 6 credits in GN courses, 3 credits in GQ courses, 3 credits in GWS courses, and 3 credits of GH courses.
All the courses that comprise Penn State's associate of science degree program in turfgrass science and management can be completed around your own schedule — wherever and whenever it's most convenient for you. All core courses in the program are 1 semester in length (15 weeks for the fall and spring semesters and 12 weeks for the summer semester). The start and end dates for the core courses correspond to the University calendar.
|Introductory Biology I (GN)||BIOL 011||An introduction to fundamental biological topics (including cells, energy transduction, genetics, evolution, organismal structure/function, ecology) for non-majors biology-related fields.||3 credits|
|Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I||CHEM 202||Introduction to organic chemistry, with emphasis on the properties of organic compounds of biochemical importance.
Prerequisite: CHEM 101 or CHEM 110 or CHEM 106
|Rhetoric and Composition (GWS)||ENGL 015||Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose.
Prerequisite: ENGL 004 or satisfactory performance on the English proficiency examination
|Turfgrass Insect Pest Management||ENT 317||Introduction to entomology and management of insect pests of cool- and warm-season turfgrass.
Prerequisite: TURF 235, CHEM 101, or CHEM 110
|College Algebra I||MATH 021||Quadratic equations; equations in quadratic form; word problems; graphing; algebraic fractions; negative and rational exponents; radicals.
Prerequisite: MATH 004 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics FTCAP examination
|Introduction to Ethics (GH)||PHIL 103W||Ethical theory about virtue, duty, autonomy, and life quality applied to moral problems, including character, violence, oppression, abortion, and suicide.
Prerequisites: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030
|Introductory Soil Science (GN)||SOILS 101||A study of soil properties and processes and relationships to land use, plant growth, environmental quality, and culture.||3 credits|
|Turfgrass Pesticides||TURF 230||Course covers chemical toxicity, formulations, environmental fate, labels, MSDS, calibration, IPM, safety, handling, storage, and Pennsylvania certification and regulations.||1 credit|
|The Turfgrass||TURF 235||Characterization of the primary plant species used for sports, lawn, and utility turf; includes turfgrass morphology, environmental adaptation, and cultural requirements.||3 credits|
|Turf and Ornamental Weed Control||TURF 238||Students will be introduced to the development of integrated weed management strategies utilizing a variety of cultural and chemical methods.||3 credits|
|Internship||TURF 295||Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experience, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.||3 credits|
|Introductory Chemistry (GN)||CHEM 101||Selected principles and applications of chemistry. Prior study of chemistry is not assumed.
Prerequisite: MATH 021 or satisfactory performance on the MATH FTCAP examination — i.e. placement beyond the level of MATH 021
|Chemical Principles I (GN)||CHEM 110||Basic concepts and quantitative relations. Students may take only one course for General Education credit from CHEM 110 or CHEM 101.||3 credits|
|Professional Agriculture||9 credits|
|Professional Management and Economics||9 credits|
|Arts — GA||3 credits|
|Humanities — GH||3 credits|
|Natural Sciences — GN||3 credits|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences — GS||3 credits|
|Writing and Speaking — GWS||3 credits|
|Quantification — GQ||3 credits|
|Additional 3 credits in any General Education area||3 credits|
Note: 15 of these 21 credits are included in requirements for the major
Please note: Among the above degree requirements, students should incorporate at least 3 credits in US or international (IL) cultures courses, as well as 3 credits in writing across the curriculum courses. The above course list includes only courses offered by World Campus. An official degree audit or the recommended academic plan for this program may include additional course options and detailed requirements. All students are expected to complete at least 18 Penn State credits to earn this degree. Please consult an academic adviser for details.
See course start and end periods and semesters offered on the Penn State World Campus student resources website.