The psychology program at UC Davis is broad and includes students and faculty with a variety of interests. The department has developed around five major areas of emphasis:
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 Nutrition Science minor provides science students with basic understanding of biochemical reactions involved in human metabolism, human organ systems and an overview of nutrient functions, nutrient requirements and metabolic regulation of nutritional pathways. This minor would be of interest to students studying the cellular or biological sciences, human development or students across disciplines who plan to enter a health profession or the public health field.
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.
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.
A minor in Mathematics trains students in the mental habit of logical thinking and the tactics of problem solving.
The goal of the minor is to foster students' ability to identify, formulate, abstract, and solve mathematical problems that use tools from a variety of mathematical areas, including algebra, analysis, probability, differential equations, optimization, discrete mathematics. Students who minor in mathematics should also develop an understanding of how those mathematical areas relate to problems from other areas of science, engineering and management.