UC Davis is located in the heart of the Central Valley in California . It was founded in 1905. The current enrollment is about 32,000 students.


Plant Science Courses
Plant Biology Courses (PLB)

Agriculture, Nature and Society (PLS001, 3 credits)
Multiple perspectives and connections between natural sciences, social sciences, and agriculture. Emphasizes agriculture’s central position between nature and society and its key role in our search for a productive, lasting and hospitable environment. Several full-period field trips provide hands-on learning.

Plants and Society (PLS012, 4 credits)
Dependence of human societies on plant and plant products. Plants as resources for food, fiber, health, enjoyment and environmental services. Sustainable uses of plants for food production, raw materials, bioenergy, and environmental conservation. Global population growth and future food supplies.

Ethnobotany (PLS141, 4 credits)
Relationships and interactions between plants and people, including human perceptions, management, and uses of plants, influences of plants on human cultures, and effects of human activity on plant ecology and evolution. Concepts, questions, methods, and ethical considerations in ethnobotanical research.

Ecology, Nature, and Society (ANT101, 4 credits)
Interdisciplinary study of diversity and change in human societies, using frameworks from anthropology, evolutionary ecology, history, archaeology, psychology, and other fields. Topics include population dynamics, subsistence transitions, family organization, disease, economics, warfare, politics, and resource conservation.

Evolution of Crop Plants (PLB 143, 3 hours)
Origins of crops and agriculture, including main methodological approaches, centers of crop biodiversity, dispersal of crops, genetic and physiological differences between crops and their wild progenitors, agriculture practiced by other organisms, and role and ownership of crop biodiversity.


Daniel Potter (Dept. of Plant Sciences, Crop and Ecosystem Sciences)