Student Spotlight

Graduate degrees in Nutritional Biology at the University of California, Davis are offered by the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology, a cooperative interdepartmental organization of more than 73 faculty from 17 departments in three colleges (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Letters and Science and Biological Sciences) and three professional schools (Medicine, School of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine).

A student may pursue the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in nutritional biology while studying under the direction of any member of the graduate group. Admission and degree requirements are the same for all students in the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology regardless of the specific department with which the student and the major professor are associated.

The great diversity of research interests represented by the faculty members (see faculty research interests) allows students to choose from a wide variety of themes. Areas of strength within the program include nutritional biochemistry, animal nutrition, nutrition and development, nutrient bioavailability, human/clinical nutrition, nutrition and behavior, nutritional energetics, community nutrition, maternal and child nutrition, nutrition and endocrinology, international nutrition, obesity/body composition, physiology of digestion, nutrition and chronic disease, culture and nutrition, nutrition and gene expression, nutrition and aging, nutrition and immunity, diet and exercise, dietary assessment, protein and lipid metabolism, food intake regulation, nutrition education.

If they wish, doctoral students in nutritional biology can choose to be admitted into the Designated Emphasis in International and Community Nutrition or the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology.