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Aaron Heredia, a psychology major at UC Davis, gained skills as a personal trainer at the Activities and Recreation Center at UC Davis with a plan of pursuing a career in physical fitness. Psychology is UC Davis’ most popular major. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

The Top 10 Majors at UC Davis

In the 2016-17 academic year, 7,855 UC Davis undergraduates donned caps and gowns to gather their diplomas. Wonder what the top 10 most popular majors were for our industrious Aggies? Here are the statistics, including the percentage of students who declared each major.

Top 10 majors at UC Davis in 2016-17 and percent of total

  1. Psychology — 8 percent
  2. Managerial economics — 7 percent
  3. Economics — 7 percent
  4. Neurobiology, physiology and behavior — 5 percent
  5. Biological sciences — 4 percent
  6. Human development — 4 percent
  7. Communication — 4 percent
  8. Computer science — 4 percent
  9. Animal science — 3 percent
  10. Biochemistry and molecular biology — 3 percent

10 recommended majors in the U.S.

Check out these college majors, based on job prospects, alumni salaries and popularity, as recommended by The Princeton Review. UC Davis has most of them. Our managerial economics degree is quite similar to a business degree. And, while we don’t offer a nursing undergraduate degree, our Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing offers four master’s degrees and a doctoral degree.  As for biology, at this public university known for its biological sciences, you can choose from nearly two dozen majors in that category that span from animal science to microbiology.

  1. Computer science
  2. Communications
  3. Government/political science
  4. Business
  5. Economics
  6. English (language and literature)
  7. Psychology
  8. Nursing
  9. Chemical engineering
  10. Biology

Top 5 majors by colleges

Curious which majors are the most popular at UC Davis by college? Within this university,our 102 majors and academic programs are organized by undergraduate college. When you apply to UC Davis, you choose a major, which automatically places you into one of these colleges.

Here’s a summary of the statistics based on the number of students enrolled in 2016-17. The percentages show the proportion of students pursuing the major in that college.

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The No. 1 ranked university in the U.S. for agriculture has 28 majors in environmental, human and animal sciences.

College of Biological Sciences

Our biological sciences college offers nine majors in versatile disciplines of life science and prepares students for futures in research, postgraduate programs and, yes, even law school.

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering welcomes students with its comprehensive major tracks in 11 diverse engineering fields, preparing its students for careers in engineering.

  • Civil engineering — 18.7 percent
  • Mechanical engineering — 17 percent
  • Chemical engineering — 14.2 percent
  • Electrical engineering — 13.6 percent
  • Biomedical engineering — 12 percent

College of Letters and Sciences

Our largest college, known for its liberal arts studies, has 53 majors. From health management and languages to computer programming and the arts, it gives students the skills training for careers in a variety of disciplines.

  • Psychology — 17.4 percent
  • Economics — 13.6 percent
  • Communication — 7.6 percent
  • Computer science — 7.5 percent
  • Political science — 5.2 percent

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