(College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)
Gail Taylor, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department
Department Office. 1210 Plant & Environmental Sciences; 530-752-1703; http://www.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/
Graduate Study. For related graduate study, see the M.S. degree program in International Agricultural Development, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in the graduate groups of Horticulture & Agronomy, Plant Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Geography, and Soils & Biogeochemistry. See also Graduate Studies.
The Major Program
The Plant Sciences major is designed for students who are interested in a scientific understanding of how plants grow and develop in managed agricultural ecosystems and how plant products are utilized for food, fiber
The Program. The curriculum provides depth in the biological and physical sciences and a sound understanding of how plants obtain and utilize resources from their environment to sustain their growth and development. The influences of genetics, management systems and environmental inputs on crop development and productivity are emphasized along with the postharvest preservation and marketing of plant products. Students will develop an area of specialization with options in Crop Production, Plant Genetics & Breeding, or Postharvest Biology & Technology. An Individual option is also available to match specific subject matter or career goal interests in the plant sciences. All students gain practical experience through a combination of practical laboratory courses and internships. Students may also pursue an Honors thesis in their senior year.
Master Advisor. Daniel Potter
Advising for the major is located in 1220 Plant & Environmental Sciences; 530-752-1715.
Career Alternatives. Graduates from this program are prepared to pursue a wide range of careers, including various technical and management positions in agricultural & business enterprises, farming, or consulting; public, private & non-profit agencies; Cooperative Extension; international development; teaching; or agricultural & environmental journalism and communication services. Graduates are qualified to pursue graduate studies in the natural and agricultural sciences, such as plant biology, genetics, breeding, horticulture, agronomy, biotechnology, ecology, environmental studies, pest management, education, or business management.