Undergraduate Education and Advising

Comprehensive information about our undergraduate education, including further details about our majors and advising resources, can be found at the Biology Academic Success Center. The College of Biological Sciences is the only College at UC Davis to offer a holistic academic resource center to undergraduate students enrolled in its nine majors.

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Biological Sciences

Explore how all living beings function—from a single nerve cell, to a plant’s roots, to the human body.

A biological sciences major provides excellent preparation for graduate or professional study, or for a career in virtually any field. This major also provides access to world-class faculty, exciting research and internship opportunities, and a wealth of library and laboratory resources. A degree in biological sciences prepares you for research; teaching or service careers in the life sciences; and graduate programs in the biological and health sciences.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Train in the experimental techniques used to probe the structures and functions of biologically important molecules.

The strong laboratory and research focus of this major prepares you for graduate study or to enter careers in high-growth areas such as biotechnology and healthcare research. Biochemistry and molecular biology majors are well prepared for research; teaching or service careers in the life sciences; and graduate programs in medicine, pharmacy, health sciences and biological sciences. Many graduates enter employment in the biomedical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, agricultural research and chemical industries.

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Cell Biology

Study the fundamental processes necessary for organisms to grow, reproduce and negotiate their environments, and the principles that govern the organization and function of cells within the body.

Cell biology integrates principles from many disciplines, including chemistry, physics, genetics, biochemistry and physiology, for a more complete understanding of cell function. UC Davis cell biology majors may participate in research at the frontiers of genetics, disease processes and developmental biology. Career opportunities include research; teaching or service careers in the life sciences; graduate programs in the biological and health sciences.

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Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity

Study the variation and distribution of living organisms alongside faculty who are world-renowned ecologists and who welcome participation in their ongoing research projects.

You will also have access to the Bodega Marine Laboratory, a study center on California’s central coast, where you can take courses toward your degree while working alongside visiting marine biologists from around the world. Evolution, ecology and biodiversity majors are well prepared for research; teaching or service careers in the life sciences; and graduate programs in ecology, evolutionary biology or the health sciences.

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Exercise Biology

The Exercise Biology major program provides a foundation for lifelong learning by fostering intellectual curiosity, problem solving and critical thinking skills, in the context of understanding organismal animal (including human) biology.

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Genetics and Genomics

Geneticists seek to answer fundamental questions about how organisms inherit characteristics and transmit them to their offspring.

Geneticists also perform genome-wide studies to understand the function of all genes in an organism. As a genetics and genomics major, you will participate in research projects with faculty members and develop your own interests in preparation for a science career or graduate study. Genetics and genomics majors from UC Davis are prepared to enter careers in biotechnology, teaching, research and all the health sciences. Many graduates go on to further study in graduate programs, medical school, veterinary school or other professional schools.

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Microbiology

Microbiologists study the structure, function and environmental importance of bacteria, algae, microbial eukaryotes, viruses, yeasts and other fungi.

Advances in microbiology have had great impact in areas such as biotechnology, environmental studies, medicine and veterinary science. A degree in microbiology will prepare you for graduate studies or a career in any of these exciting fields.

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Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

A few basic functions—growth, reproduction and response to stimuli among them—are common to all animals.

As a major in neurobiology, physiology and behavior you will study these vital processes: their functional mechanisms; the control, regulation and integration of these mechanisms; and the behavior relating to these mechanisms. This degree will prepare you for research; teaching or service careers in the life sciences; and graduate programs in the biological and health sciences.

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Plant Biology

Plants are the primary source of food on the planet as well as important buffers against climate change.

The plant biology major focuses on how plants function as organisms and interact with their environment. Many different scientific disciplines are integrated within the plant biology major, including physiology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, development, genetics and genomics. A degree in plant biology prepares you for research, teaching or service careers in any aspect of the life sciences (including health fields) and for graduate programs in the biological sciences.

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