College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Golf and Sports Turf Management - AAS

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission


  • high school graduate with 70 high school GPA or 2500 GED test score
  • Algebra Regents: 70
  • Science Regents (recommended): 70

Transfer Student:

  • Transfer GPA: 2.0


SUNY Curriculum Code: 1063

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive AA, AS, 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.

AAS and AOS 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 minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 64

Major Courses Required = 39 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
HORT 100 Orientation to Horticultural Sciences 1
HORT 120 Introduction to Horticultural Practices 3
HORT 130 Plant Materials I 3
HORT 150 Grounds Equipment/Fleet Management 3
HORT 160 Soil Sciences 3
HORT 180 Horticultural Sciences Internship 1
HORT 200 Turf Management 3
HORT 207 Horticultural Insects and Diseases 3
HORT 212 Horticultural Chemicals 1
HORT 220 Ornamental Tree and Shrub Maintenance 3
HORT 225
Water Management and Conservation 3
HORT 235
Weeds and Weed Control 3
HORT 250
Advanced Turf Management 3
LARC110 Drawing and Surveying 3
LDCT 110 Landscape Construction Principles 3

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required = 22 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL 210 Botany 4
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
ECON ___ Introductory Microeconomics or Introductory Macroeconomics 3
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition1 3
MATH ___ Mathematics2 3
  HUMN 120 Elementary Spanish I or Foreign Language (GE9) Elective 3
  Humanities (GE7) or Arts (GE8) Elective 3

Restricted Electives3 - 3 credit hours


1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 Mathematics is by advisement.

3 Restricted electives must have a prefix of ACCT, ARCH, BUSI, CITA, GSTM, or HORT

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Golf and Sports Turf Management AAS program should be able to:

  • Discuss the scope of the hospitality industry and available career paths.
  • Display adherence to professional standards of the industry including attire, conduct, communication, administrative preparedness, and work habits.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the menu as a major management tool for food service operations, including its role as a merchandising mechanism and vehicle for the presentation of food and beverage products.
  • Exhibit knowledge of traditional management theory, leadership and management roles, organizational structure and change, service, quality, decision-making, empowerment, and ethics.
  • Display a thorough understanding of the area of industry concentration through a successful completion of a required summer work experience.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic sanitation principles, ways to apply them in practical situations, and methods of training and motivating employees to follow good sanitation practices.
  • Understand how fundamental information, approaches, functions, and forms of human resource management are applied to the hospitality industry.
  • Display knowledge of the geographic, economic, and cultural factors of tourism and how they influence the hospitality, leisure, travel, and recreational industries.
  • Generate the components of both domestic and international travel itineraries using a computerized travel information system, including reservation procedures, ticketing, and documentation for domestic airlines, hotels and resorts, rental cars, tour companies, and cruise programs.
  • Design and develop tour and travel packages, from simple hotel/resort short-stay packages to the complex tour operation all-inclusive travel package.
  • Work with food service concerns as they relate to travel and tourism, including familiarity with basic food preparation, menu planning, service, and industry terminology.
  • Understand and apply basic marketing and sales principles to the hospitality industry.
  • Prepare financial statements and maintain accounting records.
  • Display a fundamental understanding of computers and computer information systems and be familiar with common computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and graphics.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the law and legal systems in the United States, particularly the Law of Contracts and the Law of Agency.