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Boys with a cow on the UC Davis campus in 1957

The History of Graduate Education at UC Davis

For over 80 years, graduate ​education has been a major feature on the UC Davis campus. In fall of 1925, the first 12 students graduated from the College of Agriculture.

At UC Davis, a key concept of graduate education is the graduate group. The UC Davis graduate programs are organized as interdisciplinary graduate groups, giving students intellectual freedom to transcend disciplines and areas of research.

Graduate groups embody the collaborative spirit at UC Davis by bringing together faculty from departments across campus that share common research interests, either in academic discipline or area of application.

For example: the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology group provides access to more than 133 faculty in over 25 different departments in both basic and applied sciences. Their research and instruction are offered through a variety of departments spanning the Colleges of Letters and Sciences, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Biological Sciences. This is merely one example of the unique graduate groups offered at UC Davis. As part of a collaborative team, each student contributes his or her talent and expertise while learning from students and faculty across disciplines​