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The Major Program

The Viticulture and Enology major provides an interdisciplinary education in the biological and physical principles underlying grape and wine production as well as practical knowledge of grape growing (viticulture) and wine making (enology). This program provides the knowledge base for problem-solving and decision-making in commercial grape and wine production.

Preparatory Requirements. Before transferring into the Viticulture and Enology major, students must complete the following courses with a grade of C- or better and with a combined grade point average of at least 2.500 at the University of California (at least 3.000 for similar courses taken at community college) for these and all other preparatory courses. In addition, students’ overall UC GPA must be 2.250 or higher. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

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Biological Sciences 1A or 2A 4-5
Chemistry 2A, 2B, 2C, 8A 17
Mathematics 16A 3
Physics 1A, 1B or 7A 4-6
Recommendations. Completion of UC Davis equivalents of the following preparatory courses for the major are not required for entry but are highly recommended. Failure to complete these will delay entry into required upper division courses and may thus delay graduation. Some courses may be available at UC Davis during Summer Session:
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Chemistry 8B 4
Mathematics 16B 3
Biological Sciences 1C or Plant Sciences 2 4-5
Biological Sciences 102 3

The Program. The curriculum builds upon a foundation of biology, chemistry, biochemistry and mathematics with specialized courses related to grape and wine production. To complete the program, students may choose to place particular emphasis on viticulture, enology or economics. Credit may also be earned for foreign language study and internships.

Career Alternatives. Graduates are qualified for a variety of vineyard and winery positions, including production management, quality control and research. Additionally they may work in related fields such as pest management, nursery production and analytical services.

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Updated: March 22, 2017 10:38 AM