The Arkansas Turfgrass Science program takes great pride in providing our students an excellent education. Students have the opportunity to learn the latest cutting edge techniques and discover principles of turfgrass science in a hands-on learning environment. Students will learn principles of turfgrass management in Introduction to Turfgrass Management, Turfgrass Management Laboratory, Golf and Sports Turf Management, Rootzone Management for Golf and Sports Turf, Golf Course Operations, and Turfgrass Integrated Pest Management. Additionally, students gain valuable knowledge during summer internships and during guest lectures from leading turfgrass industry professionals. For more information about our degree program click here.
The Arkansas Turfgrass Science program is working to generate techniques to improve turfgrass production and management for golf courses, sports fields, and commercial and residential lawns in the state of Arkansas and beyond. The research facilities consist of twelve acres of irrigated turf, including about one acre of USGA putting greens, at the University of Arkansas Agriculture Research Center in Fayetteville, and modern greenhouse and growth chambers located on campus in the Alternative Pest Control Research Center. The unique geographical location of the facilities allows for studies on both warm-season (bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, St. Augustinegrass, centipedegrass) and cool-season (tall fescue, fine fescues, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and creeping bentgrass) turfgrass species. Read more about our research program here.
The University of Arkansas has had a successful turfgrass extension program in recent years, but that program is currently inactive due to the retirement of Dr. John Boyd and the relocation of Dr. Aaron Patton to Purdue. The goal of the turfgrass extension program is to provide educational programs and research-based information to homeowners and turfgrass managers of Arkansas to help them make best management decisions when maintaining their lawns, golf courses, parks or sports fields. It is our goal that both of these positions be filled in the very near future.