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UC Davis is Ranked No. 1 Globally in Plant and Animal Science

U.S. News & World Report has again ranked UC Davis as No. 1 globally in Plant and Animal Science. The Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis is proud of its contribution to this ranking.

The department programs cover a broad array of plant science topics for California, the nation, and the world. Our department has internationally renowned faculty, stellar educational and outreach programs, and up-to-date facilities for cutting-edge science.

"I am delighted to see this latest global ranking confirm the excellence of research and teaching in Plant Sciences at UC Davis," said Professor Gail Taylor, chair of the Dept. of Plant Sciences. "Being ranked first in the world in such a competitive subject category is a significant achievement."

Students are given hands-on research opportunities in diverse plant-related subject areas, and when they leave UC Davis, they are ready for careers in academia, government agencies, industry, and nonprofit organizations.

Focused research centers, lab and greenhouse space, and research cropland are available for academic researchers and students, and for the many external stakeholders who rely on our research, outreach, and career-prepared graduates.

"Our commitment to great plant sciences underpinning the delivery of food, fuel, and the management of ecosystems remains central to the vision of Plant Sciences moving forward," said Taylor.

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More about the Department of Plant Sciences

Core Disciplines:

  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Ecology

Application Themes:

  • Crop improvement
  • Crop production and management
  • Ecosystem management
  • Postharvest biology and technology

Five Undergraduate Majors - offering B.S. degrees

  • Biotechnology
  • Ecological management and restoration
  • Environmental horticulture and urban forestry
  • International agricultural development
  • Plant sciences


Five Undergraduate Minors:

  • Agricultural systems and environment
  • Environmental horticulture
  • International agricultural development
  • Landscape restoration
  • Applied computing and information systems

Ten Graduate Programs - offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees:

  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Ecology
  • Food science
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Horticulture and agronomy
  • International agricultural development (M.S. degree only)
  • Plant biology
  • Plant pathology
  • Soils and biogeochemistry

(Article by Ann Filmer, Dept of Plant Sciences, UC Davis)

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[For past Plant Sciences news, go to https://news.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/]


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