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Plant Sciences

Plants are the foundation of agricultural systems and will be increasingly utilized as renewable energy resources. A major in plant sciences will provide you a scientific understanding of how plants grow and develop in managed ecosystems and how plant products are utilized for food, fiber, fuel and environmental enhancement. Advances in science and technology are providing new options for using plants to support a growing global population, while minimizing adverse impacts on our natural resources.

Marine and Coastal Science—Coastal Environmental Processes or Marine Environmental Chemistry

Our oceans account for more than 96 percent of the world's water, and few of the world's coastlines are beyond the influence of human pressures. The interdisciplinary Marine and Coastal Science major highlights the terrestrial-marine interface, coastal issues and human impacts on the marine environment.

Managerial Economics

Managerial Economics goes beyond the limits of traditional economics and business majors, blending a thorough grounding in economic theory with business knowledge and applications. The program provides in-depth exposure to economics and quantitative methods, problem-solving strategies, critical thinking and effective communication skills. Options for specialization include: business economics, international business economics, environmental and resource economics, and agribusiness economics.

Landscape Architecture

The complex relationship between humans and our environment requires us to choose when and how to modify or conserve the land areas we use. Designated open spaces, parks and modern neighborhoods are all products of landscape architecture. UC Davis' landscape architecture program, one of the foremost in the nation, stresses the vital role of the landscape architect in striking a balance between urban expansion and environmental preservation.

International Agricultural Development

The images became familiar to Americans in the 1980s and persist to this day: photographs of emaciated, wide-eyed children in refugee camps, slums of sprawling cities, isolated rural communities. Concerned citizens wonder why industrialized nations enjoy such abundance while developing countries often lack the resources to meet people's most basic needs. The major in international agricultural development seeks to prepare students to help address these problems of inequality and want.


Hydrologists address concerns related to the most fundamental and necessary of all natural resources: water. They study the occurrence, distribution, circulation and behavior of water in Earth's environment. Hydrology majors measure and analyze water phenomena on and below Earth's surface and in the atmosphere, seeking to solve problems that affect sustainability of both water quantity and water quality.

Global Disease Biology

Global Disease Biology allows students to study disease and its relationship to the health of people, animals, plants and the environment in a global context. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach to advance understanding of diseases, societal and personal impacts, and the science behind discoveries, causes, evolution, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. Students interested in the health sciences will integrate concepts from multiple disciplines to learn how to solve global disease and health challenges using innovative approaches.

Food Science

Do you know where your next meal is coming from? Whatever you choose, it was probably grown, processed, delivered and prepared using techniques developed by food scientists and technologists. Food scientists help solve problems of producing and distributing food safely across broad geographical ranges and in varying climatic conditions. They also respond to market demands by creating food products that meet modern consumers' needs for nutrition, taste and convenience.

Environmental Toxicology

Environmental Toxicology is the study of the effects of chemicals on human health and the environment. By applying the principles of biology and chemistry, toxicologists can study the toxic behavior of man-made and natural chemicals. Using this knowledge, toxicologists can predict where chemicals will end up in the environment and in our bodies, determine what toxic impacts chemicals have and establish exposure limits to keep us and our environment healthy. Toxicologists address constantly-changing concerns about the safety of our environment and natural resources.

Environmental Science and Management

Do you want to understand the functioning of our natural resources? Do you want to influence how air, water and land are used and protected? Students in the Environmental Science & Management (ESM) major will learn to solve environmental problems from an interdisciplinary perspective, linking the natural and social sciences. By studying the physical, biological and social components of environmental problems, students will understand the scientific basis for environmental decisions and the economic implications involved in management of the environment.