How we apply chemistry to our everyday lives is what sets apart applied chemistry from the study of pure chemistry. A mysterious package dusted with white powder, rodent hair and a small white fiber: these are clues that a chemist educated in applied chemistry can use to help identify potential dangers and their source. A farmer experiences dramatic crop losses after another farm 100 miles away shifts to a genetically modified crop. Applied chemists step in to identify the source of the crop damage as a herbicide drift.
The Department of Animal Science offers five minor programs open to students majoring in other disciplines who wish to complement their study programs with a minor in Animal Science. Some courses have required prerequisites not included as part of the minor, and students should plan accordingly.
This minor explores plants and their dynamic means of interacting with the environment. The Plant Biology minor has an 18-unit minimum requirement. Three areas of specialization are offered — (i) Anatomy and Morphology, Physiology and Development, (ii) Evolution and Ecology, and (iii) Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics — with a small, strategic course selection per area.
The minor in Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity offers the student a broad background in the theoretical and empirical basis of our understanding of the diversity and distribution of living organisms.
The Biological Sciences minor provides an opportunity for students in programs outside of the College of Biological Sciences to complement their studies with a concentration in biology. Student in the minor experience the breadth of biology by taking courses in five core areas: molecular biology/ biochemistry, animal biology, plant biology, microbiology and ecology/evolution.
The minor in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology is designed for students interested in basic training and understanding of the ecology and conservation of wild terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates, emphasizing birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish, but with relevance and application to all life forms.
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics offers a minor in Managerial Economics to students majoring in other academic disciplines. The Managerial Economics major goes beyond the limits of traditional economics and business majors, blending a thorough grounding in economic theory with business knowledge and applications.
There is a need for trained individuals who can translate and apply agricultural technology to the problems of food production, nutrition, marketing, and health in less technically advanced countries. The minor prepares students to address this challenge to improve their food productions, distribution, and nutrition programs in less developed nations.
The Hydrology Section of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources offers the minor in Hydrology for environmental or natural science students who have an interest in water/environmental issues. The interested student should have completed preparatory course work in calculus (MAT 016B), chemistry (CHE 002A; CHE 002B recommended), physics (PHY 007A), and biology (BIS 002A). Course work in the minor provides fundamental skills and knowledge of the hydrologic sciences. The program is sufficiently flexible for students to pursue particular water issues or problems of interest to them.
A minor in Global Disease Biology may complement student's major program. Some courses have required prerequisites not included as part of the minor, and students should plan accordingly.