The School of Veterinary Medicine serves the people of California by providing educational, research, clinical service, and public service programs of the highest quality to advance the health and care of animals, the health of the environment, and public health, and to contribute to the economy.
The Microbiology Graduate Group offers interdisciplinary, interdepartmental training and combines academic and experimental training in modern molecular approaches to microbiological problems. Areas of research span fundamental, applied, and pathogenic microbiology, including bacterial and viral pathogenesis, eukaryotic microbiology, microbial genomics and genetics, microbial physiology and development, microbial ecology and environmental microbiology, cancer biology, and bioengineering and bioremediation.
This interdisciplinary graduate group provides students with knowledge and skills to implement, facilitate, and manage programs that enhance agricultural development, resource management, and rural life, particularly in developing and less-industrialized regions of the world. The program provides both breadth and depth components. The required breadth components provide students with an understanding of international development issues related to agriculture and the environment.
Students in the Integrative Genetics and Genomics Graduate Program have the opportunity to apply genomic, molecular, and classical genetic approaches to study model organisms, a broad range of native and agricultural species, humans, and companion animals. The group integrates genetic research across campus and unites over 100 faculty members from more than 25 departments spanning the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Letters and Science, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the School of Medicine, and the School of Veterinary Medicine.
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.
The Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group offers programs of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees for students interested in the science and management of agricultural crops, including their ecology, physiology, genetics, and post-harvest management, as well as the interaction of agricultural crops with the environment. These programs are designed to focus on a cropping system, such as agronomy, environmental horticulture, pomology, vegetable crops, viticulture, and weed science.
The Public Health Sciences Graduate Group includes instruction in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, health services and administration, and social and behavioral science, and they prepare students for an expanding range of professional opportunities and roles in public health and medicine. The Master of Public Health Program is designed for people interested in disease prevention and community health.
Population biology is an interdisciplinary field that uses concepts and techniques from ecology, evolution, systematics, genetics, and mathematics or statistics. Course curriculum often works near the interface between ecology, the study of interactions between organisms and their environment, and evolutionary biology, which aims to understand how populations and species evolve. Areas of research are often directed toward basic science, but also often addresses applied problems such as overcrowding, invasive species, and extinction.
The program offers study in plant pathology, including emphasis on diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and nematodes. Graduate students may specialize in the physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology of plant pathogens or host-pathogen interactions; the biology and ecology of plant pathogens; epidemiology and modeling of plant diseases; and the diagnosis and control of plant diseases, including chemical, biological, and integrated methods of control.
The graduate program offers training in the breadth of plant biology and in specialized topics represented by the following four research areas: cell and developmental biology; environmental and integrative biology; molecular biology, biochemistry, and genomics; and systematics and evolutionary biology.