The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering offers a minor in Geographic Information Systems with an emphasis on spatial analysis. This minor is ideal for students interested in information processing of spatial data related to remote sensing, land information systems, marine cartography, thematic mapping, surface modeling, environmental modeling resources management, public utility planning, emergency response, geomarketing, geotechnics, precision agriculture, archaeology, military exercises and computer-aided design.
Not sure what you want to study? No problem. Take advantage of our diverse academic offerings and flexibility to sample a variety of majors and career options before making up your mind.
In urban areas and remote wildernesses, the health of wild animal populations is enormously affected by human activities. Majors in wildlife, fish and conservation biology study the relationships between human needs—including recreation, resource use and hunting—and wildlife needs for shelter and habitat preservation. The program's focus on real-world activities and hands-on training makes it excellent preparation for students interested in entering professional careers in wildlife and conservation biology.
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.
Urban planners and regional developers shape the physical landscapes of our communities to create environments that frame our daily lives. With an added focus on sustainability, these community builders help ensure that the places in which we live and work are environmentally safe and resource-efficient. Thoughtfully planned communities provide us with liveable cities, smooth-running transportation systems and healthy urban space.
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.
Plants are the foundation of agricultural systems and will be increasingly utilized as renewable energy resources. A major in plant sciences will provide you a scientific understanding of how plants grow and develop in managed ecosystems and how plant products are utilized for food, fiber, fuel and environmental enhancement. Advances in science and technology are providing new options for using plants to support a growing global population, while minimizing adverse impacts on our natural resources.
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.
Our oceans account for more than 96 percent of the world's water, and few of the world's coastlines are beyond the influence of human pressures. The interdisciplinary Marine and Coastal Science major highlights the terrestrial-marine interface, coastal issues and human impacts on the marine environment.
Managerial Economics goes beyond the limits of traditional economics and business majors, blending a thorough grounding in economic theory with business knowledge and applications. The program provides in-depth exposure to economics and quantitative methods, problem-solving strategies, critical thinking and effective communication skills. Options for specialization include: business economics, international business economics, environmental and resource economics, and agribusiness economics.