The Instructional Program
The College offers four distinct programs in the golf and plant sciences field, which gives students the opportunity to specialize. Students choose one of the following programs: Horticulture; Landscape Design and Management; Turf Management; or Golf Course Operations.
Credit is not lost if a student changes areas after the second semester since each program shares common core courses in the first year. Each area leads to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.
The Horticulture program gives students a broad overview of the horticulture field. Practical experience is gained in growing and nurturing greenhouse crops. This program also gives students the flexibility to transfer upon graduation to a four-year-college program in Horticulture.
Students in the Landscape Design and Management program gain practical experience in the design and installation of residential and commercial landscapes. The program also gives students the bases for transfer to a four-year college offering a bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture.
Turf Management emphasizes the care and maintenance of fine-turf areas. Students are taught the theory and practice of proper turf management. Students are given extensive hands-on experience in the laboratory, at the College’s 18-hole golf course, and on the extensive campus athletic fields.
The Golf Course Operations program emphasizes the management of golf course facilities. Students are required to have knowledge of the game of golf and, also, to intern during the summer between the first and second years at a program-approved golf course. Students also gain extensive experience on the College’s 18-hole golf course.
All four programs afford opportunities for extensive hands-on experience. Students are also required (with the assistance of their faculty advisor) to enroll as summer interns at various golf courses, athletic field facilities, arboretums, garden centers, and landscape contracting firms.
During the fourth semester, students can take the exam for the State Pesticide Applicator’s License. This is often a required credential in the job market.
Several industry-supported scholarships are available to assist second-year students in continuing their education at Delhi.
The SUNY Delhi Golf Course is an outstanding recreational and educational facility offering students an opportunity to learn firsthand proper maintenance and turf-management techniques. Delhi has developed a network with over 800 golf courses throughout the Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions to assist Golf Course Operations students with their internships. Internship opportunities vary each year, and a faculty recommendation is required.
Knowledge of the game of golf is a graduation requirement of the Golf Course Operations program. Students can satisfy this requirement by taking PEDH 135 Fundamentals of Golf while enrolled in the program; by demonstrating previous experience, such as participation on a high school golf team; or by qualifying for the SUNY Delhi golf team.
The Golf Course Operations program is designed for seamless transfer into Delhi's Golf Course Management B.B.A. degree program.
Career possibilities for those choosing Horticulture include nursery manager, greenhouse manager, horticultural inspector, and garden center manager.
Landscape Design and Management graduates find opportunities in landscape design, landscape contracting, landscape production and sales, landscape equipment sales, or transfer to a B.L.A. program in Landscape Architecture.
Turf Management prepares students for careers as athletic facility managers, turf equipment salespersons, or for transfer to a bachelor-degree program in Turf Management.
The Golf Course Operations program prepares students specifically for career opportunities as golf course superintendents and in related golf course support services.
To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:
SUNY Curriculum Code: 1063
SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. Consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.
A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.
Technical Standards: In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.
Minimum Total Credit Hours = 68
Major Courses Required = 49 credit hours
|Course No.||Course||Cr. Hrs.|
|HORT 120||Introduction to Horticulture||3|
|HORT 130||Woody Plant Materials and Use||3|
|HORT 150||Grounds Equipment/Fleet Management||3|
|HORT 160||Soil Technology||3|
|HORT 165||Woody Plants II||1|
|HORT 205||Horticultural Entomology||3|
|HORT 206||Plant Pathology||3|
|HORT 212||Horticultural Chemicals||1|
|HORT 220||Ornamental Tree and Shrub Maintenance||3|
|LARC 110||Drawing and Surveying||3|
|LDCT 110||Landscape Construction Principles||3|
|PEDH 220||First Aid: Responding to Emergencies||2|
|PRKM 220||Park and Recreation Management||3|
|TURF 100||Orientation to Turf Management||1|
|TURF 181||Golf Course Internship Preparation||2|
|TURF 182||Golf Course Operations Internship||1|
|TURF 210||Turf Management I||3|
|TURF 230||Weeds and Weed Control||3|
|TURF 240||Advanced Turf Management Practices||3|
|TURF 264||Irrigation: Water Management and Conservation||2|
General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required = 19 credit hours
|Course No.||Course||Cr. Hrs.|
|COMM 100||Public Speaking||3|
|ENGL ___||Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition1||3|
|Social Science Elective||3|
|Social Science/Humanities Elective||3|
1 English is by placement according to competency.
2 Mathematics is by advisement.
Student Learning Outcomes
A graduate of the Golf Course Operations A.A.S. program should be able to:
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