Connected. Progressive. Engaged.



• Artists Deborah Butterfield, John Buck, Bruce Nauman
• Executive Director of UNICEF Ann Veneman
• Emmy Award winners Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
• NASA Astronaut Tracy Caldwell
• Bestselling authors Karen Joy Fowler, Anthony Swofford
• Co-founder Reebok USA Angel Martinez
• Pixar Senior Scientist Tony DeRose


• Three National Academy of Science members
• Ten American Academy of Arts and Sciences members
• Two Fellows of the Royal Society
• Two MacArthur “Genius” Awards
• One National Medal of Arts recipient
• One Carnegie Foundation Teacher of the Year
• Two Pulitzer Prize winners

The College of Letters and Science is the largest of the schools and colleges, in the UC's most comprehensive university. The college is made up of three divisions encompassing the broadest offering of disciplines at UC Davis: Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences. The college’s 650+ faculty members teach the core curriculum for virtually all 23,000 undergraduate students in the university as well as mentoring thousands of graduate students pursuing more than 50 fields of interest in the college.

The college is committed to providing the best higher education possible, cultivating a brighter future for generations to come. By providing critical thinking and fundamental education to students, it opens doors for future leaders, great thinkers, accomplished scholars, and strong global citizens. The college creates opportunities for undergraduate research and provides enhanced enrichment programs. It is home to seekers of truth in the mystery of the human way, of the stars and everything in between. It is indeed the heart and soul of UC Davis.

How We're Paving the Way

• Finding new energy alternatives is this generation’s "moonshot," with implications in the sciences as well as our society, how we look at our resources and policy. Projects in basic science, mathematics, social sciences and arts and humanities will help revolutionize our world.

• The way we live – our health, our resources and how we can express our current state of mind – crosses all disciplines. Exploration in pharmaceutical chemistry can give rise to cures for disease. Human expression and studying all cultures in our world help define who we are, and where we will go in this new millennium.

• The UC Davis Humanities Institute fosters significant, innovative collaborations across the university and the region.

• With leadership in understanding human behavior, the Center for Mind and Brain is dedicated to understanding the biology of the human mind.

• Two major projects have leading roles from UC Davis physicists: the Large Hadron Collider and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which address the most exciting scientific questions of our time: what is the origin of mass? How did the universe evolve?

• A traditional of decades of excellence in teaching and revolutionary thought: artists and emeritus art professors Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, Manuel Neri, Wayne Thiebaud and William T. Wiley; poet Gary Snyder and professor emeritus of English; Linda Acredolo, professor emerita of psychology (pioneered baby sign language) Sarah Hrdy, professor emerita of anthropology (evolutionary psychology and sociobiology) Geerat Vermeij, distinguished professor of geology (MacArthur award recipient.)


Founded: 1951

Three divisions: Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division of Social Sciences

  • Faculty: 667
  • Student Majors: 10,376 (44% of all UC Davis students)
  • Graduate Students: 1,347
  • # of alumni: 70,582 (38% of UC Davis alumni)
  • 48 major programs (of 100 at UC Davis)
  • Nine of the top 20 most popular majors
  • Research funding: $38 million ($19M MPS, $17.8M SS, $1.2M HArCS)
  • 15 departments and programs ranked in the top 30 for excellence, (2008 US News and World Report rankings)

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