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Nutrition Science

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.

Fiber and Polymer Science

Nylon. Rayon. Spandex. Polarfleece. All were considered the "miracle fibers" of their day, offering qualities and possibilities that had never before been seen in fabrics. Fiber and polymer scientists study the physical, chemical and structural properties of the materials used to make clothing and other fabric applications. Students in this major have access to top-quality instructors and state-of-the-art textile design and testing labs: just two of the factors that make the department the most highly regarded in the western United States.

Public Health Sciences

A minor in Public Health Sciences (PHS) provides rigorous training in the health sciences to prepare students to analyze the complex issues surrounding population health. The interdisciplinary nature of Public Health means a PHS minor pairs well with a variety of majors’ campus-wide and students will benefit from this flexibility in their elective course choices.  Students interested in affecting positive change around the world and understanding health systems will learn how to approach these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Nutrition and Food

The nutrition and food minor provides students with basic knowledge about the chemical and biological components of food and the ways in which foods affect our nutrition, health and well-being. With overweight and obesity at an all-time high, food and nutrition play an important role in our everyday health.

The minor is suited towards students pursuing careers in psychology, human development, education, public health, medicine, nursing, other healthcare professions, and business or economics.

Food Service Management

The Food Service Management minor provides students with the foundational knowledge to be a successful food service manager. This minor prepares students to manage and operate an institutional food service facility by developing skills in purchasing, menu planning, front and back of the house operations, food sanitation and human resource management. The minor is designed for students interested in developing a greater understanding of the food industry and food service operations.

Viticulture and Enology

Since ancient times, the enjoyment of wine and grape products has been a treasured part of civilized society. The Roman Empire considered wine as much of a necessity as bread and olive oil, and no supper in modern France or Italy is complete without a glass of wine. As a viticulture and enology major at UC Davis, you'll benefit not only from our outstanding faculty and laboratory resources, a world-class wine library, but also from our location. The Napa and Sonoma Valley regions, the nerve centers of California's thriving, innovative wine industry, are easily accessible from campus.

Textiles and Clothing (suspended 2018-20)

Clothing and fashion serve both practical and abstract functions: clothing protects us from the elements, while our fashion choices help us express our individuality and group affiliation. Textiles and clothing majors at UC Davis study both these functions, integrating scientific knowledge about textile characteristics and manufacturing methods with innovative ideas about marketing and distributing textile products. A solidly career-focused program, the textiles and clothing major gives you excellent preparation for work in the fast-paced global fashion industry.

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Students in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major focus on the social, economic and environmental aspects of agriculture and develop a thorough understanding of our food cycle from farm to table and beyond. Subjects from eight academic departments will give you a broad understanding of the many aspects of modern agriculture and food systems, and combine with real-world experiences to develop the skills needed to be a successful agriculturalist, entrepreneur and researcher.

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