Academic Programs

PGA Golf Management / Grassland Systems Academic Programs



Imagine being able to do what you love and transform that passion into a successful career. That's what the PGA Golf Management major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can do for you. And you might be surprised at the wide range of career opportunities available in the golf industry. UNL is one of 19 schools in the nation (and one of only two in the Big Ten) to have an accredited PGA Golf Management program. A strong academic curriculum at a major university, new facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, highly skilled and knowledgeable personnel, and great industry partners all help our students turn their passion for golf into great careers.

Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the golf industry through extensive classroom studies, self-study courses, internships, and tournament participation and player development. This includes a basic background in managing golf facilities and related organizations, business and personnel management, restaurant and hospitality management, recreation, and golf instruction. Graduates receive a bachelor's degree in PGA Golf Management, and with PGA-eligible employment, automatically qualify for PGA membership. Since the program began in 2004, all graduates seeking employment in the golf industry have been successful. Careers associated with this major include Head Golf Professional, Golf Instruction/Education, Golf Business: Merchandising, Marketing , Sales, Golf Associations, Golf Events Management, or Golf Facility Development.

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Nebraska has about 22.7 million acres (46% of land area) of native grassland including tallgrass, mixed and shortgrass communities. About one-half of Nebraska's grassland is the unique Sandhills, which is the largest stabilized sand-dune complex in the Western Hemisphere and one of the best cattle producing areas of the world. Native grasslands combined with the two million acres of seeded pastureland account for 50% of the total land area in the state. Including cropland harvested for hay or silage, more than 57% of Nebraska is devoted directly to grasslands and forage crops. The principal use of Nebraska's grasslands has been livestock production. The forage resources found on Nebraska's grasslands are the basis for the state's $6.5 billion cattle industry. The importance of other uses of Nebraska's grasslands (wildlife habitat, recreation, ecotourism and aquifer recharge) is being increasingly recognized and emphasized by a broad audience across the state.

The interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Grassland Systems provides students with an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to the study of grasslands. Grasslands support a diversity of ecotypes, plant and animal communities, livestock production enterprises, recreational activities and many other uses. Students learn to integrate their knowledge of soil, water and vegetation attributes as well as economics and policy considerations into management of grasslands for a diversity of uses—from ranching to wildlife habitat to aquifer recharge. Grassland Systems has two options which provide students with the opportunity to focus on cattle management on grasslands (Grazing Livestock Systems) or to study more broadly the multiple ecosystem services on grasslands (Grassland Ecology and Management).

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