CCE Turfgrass Pathology Course

Turfgrass managers are constantly dealing with turfgrass pathology problems. Whether on a golf course, home lawn, park, or athletic field, turfgrass diseases can significantly damage turf in the Midwest. As governmental agencies continue to regulate inputs on turfgrass, it will be important for turfgrass managers to know how to meet new turfgrass management challenges—especially concerning turfgrass diseases. Each disease has a unique profile and requires different tactics for effective control.

This online course will equip turfgrass managers with the expertise necessary for controlling diseases in this challenging environment. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to diagnose the Upper Midwest turfgrass diseases presented in this course and then determine control measures for the diseases using both cultural and chemical methods. Specifically, students will learn how to describe the correct procedure for taking a disease sample, correctly identify a disease when given visual symptoms, explain the signs and symptoms of major diseases, name effective chemical controls, and describe possible cultural controls.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to plant pathology
  • Cultural and chemical control of turfgrass diseases
  • Foliar diseases of turf
  • Patch disease of turf
  • Rusts and smuts
  • Anthracnose

Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for anybody who works with turfgrass, including park supervisors, lawn care providers, lawn and landscape maintenance employees, landscapers, sports turf managers, golf course superintendents, and others.


Accessing the Course

Upon completing your online registration, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your registration. To access the course, please visit Canvas and login with your University of Minnesota internet ID and password. Once you have been enrolled, your course will appear on your Canvas dashboard.

If for any reason you do not have access to the course after enrolling, please contact for assistance.

Technical Requirements

Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer work best for this course.


More Information

For content-related questions, please contact Eric Watkins at 612-624-7496 or For registration questions, please contact

Additional information is also available on the CCAPS course web page.


This course is offered through the College of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Minnesota.