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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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Biological Systems Engineering

Students gain advanced knowledge of the use of engineering to efficiently produce, distribute, and process biological products, such as food, feed, and fiber, while conserving natural resources, preserving environmental quality, and ensuring the health and safety of people.

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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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Chemistry

How is the twitch of a muscle fiber related to the silent explosion of a supernova? Every happening in the universe is linked at an atomic level by the principles of chemistry. Chemists analyze substances and test environmental samples. They create new substances, as in medical and product manufacturing, and test theories using chemical analysis. They also measure the properties of substances, like the strength of materials used in engineering.

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Chemical Physics

Are you interested in the two scientific worlds of chemistry and physics? Chemical physics provides students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry, focusing on those areas that are at the interface of chemistry and physics. Using experimental measurement and theoretical calculation, students study the detailed properties and behavior of atoms and molecules. An important experimental tool in chemical physics is spectroscopy, which uses conventional or laser light to probe the atomic and molecular properties of matter.

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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.

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Mathematical and Scientific Computation

Math is everywhere, offering broad career choices. The mathematical and scientific computation major is the ideal choice for students who are interested in the interplay between mathematical theory and modern computational tools for applications. Students gain advanced knowledge of computer science, specifically programming. They build a solid foundation in mathematics that will enable them to model or analyze complicated systems or problems, such as earthquakes, economic models or biological systems.