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Are you interested in the function of the nervous system in animals and humans? The neuroscience minor allows students who are unable to major in the NPB neuroscience track to learn about the importance of the nervous system. The large breadth of neuroscience courses available include molecular and cellular neurobiology, developmental neurobiology, neurobiology of addictive drugs, and cell signaling in health and disease. Students who obtain a neuroscience minor would be able to demonstrate knowledge of the neurobiological processes in animals and humans.

Human Physiology

Are you curious about how the body works? The human physiology minor exposes students to general and specialized courses related to human biology including courses such as exercise and aging in health and disease and exercise metabolism. Students who obtain a human physiology minor would be able to demonstrate knowledge of the physiological processes that allow animals to function in their environment. This minor provides a foundation for further training in health-related professions.

History and Philosophy of Science

The interdisciplinary minor in the history and philosophy of science invites students to examine historical and contemporary problems in a variety of scientific disciplines, and to explore concepts and procedures basic to science and how they have evolved. The minor is sponsored by the Program in Science and Technology Studies.

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.

Exercise Biology

Are you interested in is the body's responses to physical activity? The exercise biology minor allows students to learn how physical activity levels impact human form and function from physiological, biomechanical and behavioral perspectives. The courses are designed to foster intellectual curiosity, problem solving and critical thinking skills, in the context of understanding organismal animal (including human) biology.

Science and Technology Studies

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) major examines science and technology as they shape and are shaped by their social, political, economic and cultural contexts. The program draws upon faculty from a wide range of departments, including American studies, anthropology, economics, environmental science and policy, history, philosophy, political science and sociology.


Ever wonder why that certain smell brings you back to childhood? Or why you get dizzy after a ride on the merry-go-round? Or how Mozart could compose operas before the age of 10? Find out the answers as a psychology major at UC Davis. Psychology is an interdisciplinary program that examines both the social and scientific bases of behavior; and as a premier research institution, UC Davis is home to many leading researchers in the field of psychology.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

The demand for pharmaceutical chemists is high and is anticipated to grow as modern chemistry and biological sciences provide us with increasingly accurate tools and understanding to develop unique therapies. The bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical chemistry provides students with an in-depth understanding of the processes and societal issues surrounding the design and development of modern pharmaceuticals. Students in this major will learn how drugs work, their synthesis, design and delivery and ethical issues surrounding pharmaceutical development.

Cognitive Science

How does the mind work? This is the foundational tenet of cognitive science. It is the interdisciplinary study of human behavior and intelligence, with a focus on how information is perceived, processed and transformed. The field draws from anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy and sociology to learn how the mind determines behavior. Students interested in artificial intelligence, linguistics, education, the health sciences and sociocultural careers will want to explore this field of study.


What makes humans human? Anthropologists seek answers to this question by considering four fields of study: human society and culture, linguistics, archaeology and biological anthropology. At UC Davis, anthropologists working in each of these fields are making important contributions toward our understanding of what it means to be human.