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Landscape Architecture

The complex relationship between humans and our environment requires us to choose when and how to modify or conserve the land areas we use. Designated open spaces, parks and modern neighborhoods are all products of landscape architecture. UC Davis' landscape architecture program, one of the foremost in the nation, stresses the vital role of the landscape architect in striking a balance between urban expansion and environmental preservation.

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.


Hydrologists address concerns related to the most fundamental and necessary of all natural resources: water. They study the occurrence, distribution, circulation and behavior of water in Earth's environment. Hydrology majors measure and analyze water phenomena on and below Earth's surface and in the atmosphere, seeking to solve problems that affect sustainability of both water quantity and water quality.

Human Development

Throughout the human life cycle, a person's environment can affect whether his or her natural development proceeds in a normal manner or is delayed or damaged in some way. Human development majors study both the biological factors such as growth, physical maturation and aging, and social factors such as parenting, education and personal choices, that affect the developmental process. UC Davis' faculty and facilities in human development give you the chance to observe growth and interaction first-hand and to participate in some of the most exciting research being done in the field today.

Global Disease Biology

Global Disease Biology allows students to study disease and its relationship to the health of people, animals, plants and the environment in a global context. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach to advance understanding of diseases, societal and personal impacts, and the science behind discoveries, causes, evolution, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. Students interested in the health sciences will integrate concepts from multiple disciplines to learn how to solve global disease and health challenges using innovative approaches.

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.

Environmental Toxicology

Environmental Toxicology is the study of the effects of chemicals on human health and the environment. By applying the principles of biology and chemistry, toxicologists can study the toxic behavior of man-made and natural chemicals. Using this knowledge, toxicologists can predict where chemicals will end up in the environment and in our bodies, determine what toxic impacts chemicals have and establish exposure limits to keep us and our environment healthy. Toxicologists address constantly-changing concerns about the safety of our environment and natural resources.

Environmental Science and Management

Do you want to understand the functioning of our natural resources? Do you want to influence how air, water and land are used and protected? Students in the Environmental Science & Management (ESM) major will learn to solve environmental problems from an interdisciplinary perspective, linking the natural and social sciences. By studying the physical, biological and social components of environmental problems, students will understand the scientific basis for environmental decisions and the economic implications involved in management of the environment.

Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning

How can governments and private agencies foster a healthy balance between economic and community development and environmental preservation and restoration? Crafting thoughtful policies to meet these seemingly conflicting goals is the focus of the major in environmental policy analysis and planning. Students in this major receive substantial training in areas of environmental law and community planning. Issues of resource quality, pollution, energy use and recreational policy are all addressed by EPAP majors.