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The graduate program offers a diverse set of research programs, including algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, combinatorics, differential geometry, geometric topology, harmonic analysis, mathematical biology, mathematical physics, numerical analysis, partial differential equations, optimization, probability, quantum computation, and representation theory. Ample student support is available from a variety of sources.

Hydrologic Sciences

The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group provides a comprehensive hydrologic science curriculum that emphasize process-oriented critical thinking and quantitative analysis, with increasing use of environmental informatics. Courses of study include hydrology, hydrogeology, vadose zone processes, hydrogeochemistry, river restoration, modeling, geographic information systems, water resources management, irrigation and drainage, and climate change.


Biostatistics applies quantitative methods to study problems related to life sciences that arise in a broad array of fields. Biostatistics provides stochastic models and methods, algorithms, and graphical tools for the analysis of data from genetics, bioinformatics, and the medical, biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences.


The Chemistry Graduate Program at UC Davis is world-renowned and represents the full breadth of the discipline, including analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, physical, and theoretical chemistry. Students can choose among 40 faculty members from departments across campus, including the School of Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Biological Sciences, and the Genome Center, to work on highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects.


With more than 40 faculty members with a broad range of experimental and theoretical research interests, the physics program provides a dynamic and diverse environment for graduate students. They have large efforts in condensed matter physics, cosmology, and high energy/elementary particle physics, with smaller groups studying biophysics, complexity, gravitation, nuclear physics, and physics education. Students in this program often travel to national and international facilities for parts of their Ph.D. work. Nearly all of the Ph.D.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

The Pharmaceutical Chemistry Program is intended for those students seeking employment at the M.S. level as research chemists in the pharmaceutical industry. The purpose of the program is to provide students with the enhanced technical depth and breadth in pharmaceutical chemistry that substantial research experience affords, so that their ability to make important contributions immediately and throughout their careers in these fields will be greatly enhanced.

Soils and Biogeochemistry

The Soils and Biogeochemistry Graduate Program focuses on the study of physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in the soils of different landforms and ecosystems. These studies assess the impacts and implications of natural processes and anthropogenic effects, such as climate change, on soil and ecosystem behavior and development.


The Statistics Graduate Program consists of 24 faculty including members affiliated with various departments on campus. The program offers both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. The M.S. program provides students with broad familiarity with the most widely used statistical methods and with solid background in statistical computing. The Ph.D. program combines advanced coursework in probability, theoretical, applied and computational statistics, balancing methodology, computing, and applications.


Biophysics offers a graduate education program that focuses on the interface of biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, and mathematics, and explores the physical laws governing the properties and interaction of biomolecules and cells. The program’s faculty members have diverse research interests, which include structural biology, membrane dynamics, ion transport, electron transfer, nuclei acid, applied optics, computational biology, theory, cellular regulation, and imaging.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering graduate students engage in a rich spectrum of advanced research at the molecular, cellular, tissue, systems, and organism levels, as well as in clinical practice. The program benefits from the UC Davis life sciences research environment that incorporates the work of more than 70 faculty members in departments across campus, including biomedical engineering; mechanical engineering; radiology; neurobiology, physiology, and behavior; chemical engineering and materials science; orthopedics; bioinformatics; and mathematics.