Academics Overview

The Turfgrass Management program at Washington State University (WSU) was founded in 1942.

WSU offers a B.S. in Integrated Plant Sciences with a major in Turfgrass Management or IPS minor, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Crop Science with an emphasis on turfgrass science.

What makes the WSU turfgrass program excellent is the dedicated faculty, turfgrass field facilities, and a solid graduate school program. The turf program is also supported by major programs in plant breeding, seed technology, physiology, weed science, and biotechnology. The opportunities for academic achievement of the student are limitless. Additionally, formal university training and credits can be obtained by correspondence.

To help turfgrass management students financially, there are a number of scholarships available. Specifically, scholarships that are applicable to turf majors are:

  • Washington State Garden Club
  • Inland Empire Golf Course Superintendents’ Association
  • Northwest Turfgrass Association
  • R.L. Goss Turfgrass Scholarship
  • Washington-Idaho Seed Association Scholarship

The job market for turfgrass managers has been continually expanding over the past decade, and thus, there has been a steady demand for turfgrass majors. WSU students have been successful in finding jobs after college in their area of study. Many of WSU’s graduates are working on golf courses in the Pacific Northwest.

Among WSU’s more distinguished alumni are Dr. Roy Goss, a leader in turfgrass research and extension for more than 25 years; Larry Gilhuly, western director of the USGA Green Section; Tom Cook, retired associate professor of horticulture and head of the turfgrass teaching and extension program at Oregon State University; former USGA regional agronomists Matt Nelson and Jim Connolly; and Katie Dodson, turfgrass scientist with Jacklin/Simplot.

We Invite You to Visit

We welcome your visit. Please contact Dr. Bill Johnston, Turfgrass Advisor at 509-335-3620, who will discuss with you your interests and arrange a customized visit with CSS faculty, staff, and students, as well as a tour of our teaching and research facilities.

WSU Turfgrass Students Are Major League Success

The WSU Turfgrass Management program is not only for aspiring golf course superintendents. It also trains and educates students for careers in all aspects of the turfgrass industry.

Fore! WSU Turf Students Score in Scotland

Five WSU turfgrass management students traveled with their advisor, Bill Johnston, to the UK early in summer 2008. Along with students and faculty from North Carolina State University, the students visited golf courses, cricket pitches, and football (or soccer) and rugby fields.