Professional and Technical

Turfgrass Management Technology – Diploma (D15420)

The Turfgrass Management Technology curriculum prepares individuals for various careers in horticulture. Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticulture principles and practices are included in the program of study.

Course work includes plant identification, pest management, plant science and soil science. Also included are courses in sustainable plant production and management, landscaping, and operation of horticulture businesses.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of positions associated with nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, governmental agencies/parks, golf courses, sports complexes, highway vegetation, turf maintenance companies, and private and public gardens.

Graduates should also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s Examination.

This program focuses on turfgrass and related groundcover plants and prepares individuals to develop ornamental or recreational grasses and related products; plant, transplant, and manage grassed areas; and to produce and store turf used for transplantation. Potential course work includes instruction in applicable plant sciences, genetics of grasses, turf science, use analysis, turf management, and related economics.

Diploma (D15420)

Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements
(May be completed in any term, pending requisite requirements.)
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 3
Semester Total 6
Fall Semester #1
HOR 160 Plant Materials I 3
HOR 162 Applied Plant Science 3
TRF 110 Intro Turfgrass Cultures & ID 4
TRF 120 Turfgrass Irrigation & Design 4
TRF 152 Landscape Maintenance 3
TRF 230 Turfgrass Management Apps 2
Semester Total 19
Spring Semester #1
HOR 164 Horticulture Pest Mgmt 3
HOR 166 Soils & Fertilizers 3
TRF 210 Turfgrass Equipment Mgmt 3
TRF 260 Adv.Turfgrass Management 4
Semester Total 13
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS 38