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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.

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.

Nutrition Science

For much of human history, people's primary concern with food was making sure they were able to get enough to eat. For much of the modern world, our food concerns are very different: obesity, food safety, vitamin and mineral intake and making quality diets part of our busy lives. Nutrition majors examine these issues, as well as concerns about food availability and safety in less industrialized parts of the world. Clinical nutrition majors specialize in designing diets to meet the needs of patients with specific medical conditions.

International Agricultural Development

The images became familiar to Americans in the 1980s and persist to this day: photographs of emaciated, wide-eyed children in refugee camps, slums of sprawling cities, isolated rural communities. Concerned citizens wonder why industrialized nations enjoy such abundance while developing countries often lack the resources to meet people's most basic needs. The major in international agricultural development seeks to prepare students to help address these problems of inequality and want.

Food Science

Do you know where your next meal is coming from? Whatever you choose, it was probably grown, processed, delivered and prepared using techniques developed by food scientists and technologists. Food scientists help solve problems of producing and distributing food safely across broad geographical ranges and in varying climatic conditions. They also respond to market demands by creating food products that meet modern consumers' needs for nutrition, taste and convenience.

Fiber and Polymer Science (suspended 2017-20)

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.

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