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University of California, Davis

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Public
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36,350
2,543
8,082

Overview

Go-getters, change makers, problem solvers


Founded in 1905, UC Davis is the most academically comprehensive university on the West Coast. The university is known for working across disciplines to solve the world’s most pressing problems and for its commitment to artistic and cultural expression. The 5,300-acre campus is in Davis, a vibrant college town and community of about 68,000. The state capital is nearby as are world-class destinations like the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley.

UC Davis is ranked first in the world in veterinary science and in agricultural economics and policy. It’s ranked first in the nation in agriculture and in plant and animal programs, first among best-value colleges for women in STEM, and second among top producers of minority undergraduate degrees in biological and biomedical sciences. These are just a few of the top rankings that reflect UC Davis’ commitment to fostering a culture of innovation, diversity and inclusion.

The university’s four Colleges and six professional schools offer more than 100 undergraduate majors and 96 graduate programs. UC Davis graduates more California alumni than any other UC campus and contributes more than $8.1 billion each year to the state’s economy. In 2017–18, UC Davis filed 177 records of invention and 159 patent applications, negotiated 77 license agreements, and helped establish 16 startups.

UC Davis Health serves a 33-county area and includes the region’s only Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers, National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, comprehensive full-service children’s hospital, transplant services, heart and vascular centers, institute for neurodevelopmental disorders, and a world-renowned telemedicine network.

UC Davis is home to the world-famous Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, the California Lighting Technology Center and the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, among many other centers of innovation and culture across the institution.

 


At UC Davis, you will make your mark. By forging great friendships, joining clubs, playing sports and taking part in campus life, you will make the most of your time as a college student — and find out who you are. This campus is rich with traditions like Picnic Day and Homecoming, but you will also be part of our biggest Aggie tradition — doing things your way while transforming our university and making the world a better place. You’ll pick up life skills along the way, like leadership. And you’ll find UC Davis is one of a kind, like you. Learn more about campus life.

Whether you are looking at undergraduate, graduate or professional study, we have a long tradition of helping students like you launch a rewarding career based on your experiences here. Our university has world-ranked programs that can educate, connect and inspire you. Learn more about UC Davis admissions.

Whether you are a prospective college student or a current undergraduate, it's important to learn about college majors and what kind of careers you can pursue with them. In our popular "What Can I Do with my Major?" blog, you’ll hear from Aggie alumni about their career paths, and we’ll help you develop your own using our many academic programs.

Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Agricultural and Environmental Education
  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Science
  • Animal Science and Management
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • People and Regional Development
  • Ecological Management and Restoration
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry
  • Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Fiber and Polymer Science (suspended 2017-20)
  • Food Science
  • Global Disease Biology
  • Human Development
  • Hydrology
  • International Agricultural Development
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marine and Coastal Science—Coastal Environmental Processes or Marine Environmental Chemistry
  • Nutrition Science
  • Plant Sciences
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Sustainable Environmental Design
  • Textiles and Clothing (suspended 2018-20)
  • Undeclared/Exploratory Program
  • Viticulture and Enology
  • Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

College of Biological Sciences

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Marine and Coastal Science—Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
  • Plant Biology
  • Undeclared—Life Sciences

College of Engineering

  • Aerospace Science and Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

College of Letters and Science

  • African American and African Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Asian American Studies
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Chicana/Chicano Studies
  • Chinese
  • Cinema and Digital Media
  • Classical Civilization
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
  • Geology
  • German
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics
  • Marine and Coastal Science—Oceans and the Earth System
  • Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research
  • Mathematical and Scientific Computation
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • Middle East/South Asia Studies
  • Music
  • Native American Studies
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Political Science – Public Service
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sociology—Organizational Studies
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Undeclared—Fine Arts
  • Undeclared—Humanities
  • Undeclared—Physical Sciences
  • Undeclared—Social Sciences

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Agricultural and Environmental Education
  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Science
  • Animal Science and Management
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • People and Regional Development
  • Ecological Management and Restoration
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry
  • Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Fiber and Polymer Science (suspended 2017-20)
  • Food Science
  • Global Disease Biology
  • Human Development
  • Hydrology
  • International Agricultural Development
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marine and Coastal Science—Coastal Environmental Processes or Marine Environmental Chemistry
  • Nutrition Science
  • Plant Sciences
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Sustainable Environmental Design
  • Textiles and Clothing (suspended 2018-20)
  • Viticulture and Enology
  • Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

College of Biological Sciences

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Marine and Coastal Science—Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
  • Plant Biology

College of Engineering

  • Aerospace Science and Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

College of Letters and Science

  • African American and African Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Asian American Studies
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Chicana/Chicano Studies
  • Chinese
  • Cinema and Digital Media
  • Classical Civilization
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
  • Geology
  • German
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics
  • Marine and Coastal Science—Oceans and the Earth System
  • Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research
  • Mathematical and Scientific Computation
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • Middle East/South Asia Studies
  • Music
  • Native American Studies
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Political Science – Public Service
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sociology—Organizational Studies
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Theatre and Dance

University Highlights

Total students - 36,350

18%
82%

International students - 8,082

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Total faculty staff - 2,543

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Total students - 36,350

18%
82%

International students - 8,082

Total faculty staff - 2,543

1917
626
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