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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Students gain advanced knowledge of designing, building, operating, and maintaining the physical infrastructure and protecting the natural environment that together support human society in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.

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Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering Program offers both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. The program provides a strong grounding in the fundamentals and explores critical applications in a wide range of process systems.

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Biostatistics

Biostatistics applies quantitative methods to study problems related to life sciences that arise in a broad array of fields. Biostatistics provides stochastic models and methods, algorithms, and graphical tools for the analysis of data from genetics, bioinformatics, and the medical, biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences.

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Biophysics

Biophysics offers a graduate education program that focuses on the interface of biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, and mathematics, and explores the physical laws governing the properties and interaction of biomolecules and cells. The program’s faculty members have diverse research interests, which include structural biology, membrane dynamics, ion transport, electron transfer, nuclei acid, applied optics, computational biology, theory, cellular regulation, and imaging.

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Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering graduate students engage in a rich spectrum of advanced research at the molecular, cellular, tissue, systems, and organism levels, as well as in clinical practice. The program benefits from the UC Davis life sciences research environment that incorporates the work of more than 70 faculty members in departments across campus, including biomedical engineering; mechanical engineering; radiology; neurobiology, physiology, and behavior; chemical engineering and materials science; orthopedics; bioinformatics; and mathematics.

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Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric science is the study of the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the atmosphere and its interrelationship with the hydrosphere and the biosphere. The graduate group in atmospheric science offers both the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs. A student may place emphasis on graduate work in one or more of the following fields: air quality meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, biometeorology, micrometeorology, numerical weather prediction, remote sensing, climate dynamics, large scale dynamics, and meso-scale meteorology.

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Applied Mathematics

The Applied Mathematics Graduate Group is an interdisciplinary group of over 90 faculty and is recognized for the mathematical rigor of its programs and its dynamic research atmosphere. The program is targeted for students who are attracted to mathematics, but who also wish to apply mathematical ideas to advance our understanding of science and engineering. The program admits qualified students with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, economics, the life sciences, and related fields.

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Cinema and Digital Media

How do digital media and the cinematic arts work together, make meaning and effect change? Cinema and digital media is an interdisciplinary major that combines media theory, media history and media-making to help students develop a robust understanding of creative and computational media technologies. Students are encouraged to engage deeply with media to promote social justice, diversity and inclusivity.

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Electrical Engineering

Do you want to use technology to improve healthcare, transportation, communications and beyond? Electrical engineering is an extremely diverse field ranging from the ultra-small devices inside our computer chips to global-scale communications systems. Electrical engineers design, develop, build, and test the electronic devices that are ever-present in the modern world. Everything ranging from autonomous electric vehicles to solar panels and smart phones depend on devices, circuits, signals and systems developed by electrical engineers.

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Computer Engineering

Are you ready to hop on the information highway? Computer engineering involves the design and development of systems based on computers and complex digital logic devices. These systems find use in such diverse tasks as computation, communication, entertainment, information processing, artificial intelligence and control. Computer engineers focus on how computer systems work and also how they integrate with other systems, such as those in healthcare, transportation, communications and beyond.

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Energy Science and Technology

There is an urgent need to develop and commercialize technologies for the sustainable conversion and use of energy. This minor prepares students for careers that require training in energy science and technology, efficiency, and policy. Clean technologies and green technologies including energy are some of the fastest growing markets for new investments. Well-trained individuals in all related fields are needed to provide the level of expertise required to advance technology and policy and to satisfy national and global objectives for greater energy sustainability.

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Program offers both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. Research within the department advances design in diverse fields such as manufacturing, micro- and nano-technology, vehicles, biomechanics, aerostructures, sensors, controls, mechatronics, combustion, and energy systems. Graduate student researchers acquire skills to address both fundamental issues in these areas and to design complex, multi-component systems.

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Mathematics

The graduate program offers a diverse set of research programs, including algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, combinatorics, differential geometry, geometric topology, harmonic analysis, mathematical biology, mathematical physics, numerical analysis, partial differential equations, optimization, probability, quantum computation, and representation theory. Ample student support is available from a variety of sources.

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Hydrologic Sciences

The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group provides a comprehensive hydrologic science curriculum that emphasize process-oriented critical thinking and quantitative analysis, with increasing use of environmental informatics. Courses of study include hydrology, hydrogeology, vadose zone processes, hydrogeochemistry, river restoration, modeling, geographic information systems, water resources management, irrigation and drainage, and climate change.

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Health Informatics

Students in the Health Informatics Graduate Group gain advanced knowledge of storing, retrieving, and interpreting medical and health information essential for health professionals and scientists. The program offers advanced training in biomedical and health informatics aligned with the current skills, environments, and health needs of the local and national community, for students to develop as independent and applied professionals for broad future careers.

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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Are you interested in the sustainability of our food systems? Do you want to gain skills through hands-on learning, active engagement and internships? Then our major is perfect for you! Students acquire the critical thinking skills and practical knowledge needed to become successful agriculturalists, entrepreneurs and researchers. We take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding complex issues ranging from food security to food policy to growing crops on a farm.

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Hydrology

Do you want to address concerns related to the most fundamental of all natural resources? Water is necessary for life on Earth, and hydrologists seek to solve problems that affect sustainability of water quantity and quality. Hydrologic science is the study of water in all of its aspects: as weather, river basins, groundwater, glaciers, lakes, streams, permafrost and water vapor. Hydrologists measure and analyze water beneath the ground, on the earth’s surface and in the atmosphere to determine how water is affected by physical, chemical and biological processes on Earth.

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Environmental Toxicology

Are you interested in environmental toxins, their environmental fate and regulation, and their impacts on humans and other species? If so, we hope you will consider a major in environmental toxicology. Our graduates are well versed in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and toxicology — and are very unique! They have a tremendous selection of career opportunities upon graduation. With the growing environmental challenges we face today, students in the environmental toxicology major have the cutting-edge education needed to make a significant impact on the future of the world.

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Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry

Are you interested in learning about the ways that plants improve our everyday lives? Plants play many roles in human environments, from beautifying indoor and outdoor areas to controlling erosion, reducing energy and water consumption, and revegetating and restoring destroyed landscapes. Students in the environmental horticulture and urban forestry major learn the interrelationships among complex managed landscape ecosystems, including plants, people, animals, soil, water, air and microorganisms.

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Science and Technology Studies

How can we address the challenges of our increasingly high-tech world? The science and technology studies (STS) major unites the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences together with science, technology and medicine. STS students learn to think critically, explore controversies, create innovative and responsible solutions to urgent problems, and engage directly with the world-changing effects of scientific, medical and technological revolutions.

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Physics

How does the universe work? How do we know? From the basic laws of physics to the resulting emergent behavior, physics studies what the universe is made of and how it works. As a physics major at UC Davis, you will have the opportunity to join with our faculty in research that pushes forward the frontier of knowledge. This research ranges from the very smallest elementary particles to the matter that surrounds us to the structure and evolution of the entire universe.

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Mathematics

Math is everywhere, offering broad career choices. Any complex system can be analyzed using mathematics, which means math arises in health care, business, marketing and even entertainment. Mathematics is much more than simple arithmetic and equations; it is the study of abstract structures, space, change and the interrelations of these concepts. Mathematicians work to address some of science and society's most pressing questions. Their work bridges the gaps between scientific disciplines and provides a framework for considering problems in their purest, most theoretical form.

 

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Biotechnology

Are you interested in the mechanics of life and improving human and animal health, food safety, energy production and environmental quality? Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary major that has an impact on almost every aspect of modern human life. Students develop a strong background in the biological sciences with an emphasis on the basic principles of genetics, molecular biology and cell biology.