Agricultural & Environmental Technology, Bachelor of Science College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

The Major Program

The technological transformation of agriculture that began more than a century ago continues with recent advances made in sensing, data management, information processing, communications, control, modeling and simulation, gene manipulation, automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics that can radically alter resource demand and improve environmental, social and economic sustainability when appropriately implemented.

The Agricultural & Environmental Technology (AET) major aims to bridge the disciplines of agriculture, management, technology, and applied engineering, and to train students in integrating technology, leadership and design in solving complex problems in the agricultural and environmental sciences.

A key aspect of the major is to help students develop an understanding of how the next generation of technologies (including cyber‐physical and knowledge‐based) interact with animals, plants, and their environments, and technologies for the production and management of bio‐based products and sustainable food, feed, fiber, and energy.

The Program

Learn how to integrate the next generation of technologies such as big data, robotics, digital technology, AI and machine learning for more advanced, efficient and sustainable food, fiber and energy production. 

Students specialize within the major through selection of a track. Tracks are regularly reviewed and updated by program faculty to ensure relevancy to current societal needs. As of the 2022-23 academic year, we offer tracks in Digital Agriculture, Bioproducts and Wearable Technologies, Energy and Environment. Students choose one of the three tracks, and in the Digital Agriculture track, they also choose an area of emphasis.

As a new major, courses are still in the process of being approved. These are notated as "Pending" in the requirements. Please contact the staff advisor for more information.  

Career Alternatives

Graduates of the AET major will gain technical skills and experience in technology systems management, bio‐based product innovation, environmental quality, energy efficiency, power systems, the next generation of smart agricultural machinery, GIS/GPS remote sensing and geo‐informatics‐based control, irrigation and water control, precision agriculture and other features of the diverse developing technologies in agriculture.

Opportunities for employment include managers and entrepreneurs to bridge between science, engineering and application, skilled operators to interface with smart machines and smart technologies, and scholars and educators to help train others.

Graduate study for the AET student may lead to M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in agricultural technology, data science, agriculture and life sciences, and related fields such as bioproducts, plant science, environmental science and policy, agricultural chemistry, and biochemistry.

Advising

Staff Advisor. The Advising Center for the AET major is located in 1204 Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI), South Building; bftvadvising@ucdavis.edu

Master Faculty Advisor. Ali Moghimi, Ph.D.

Department Chair. Fadi Fathallah, Professor & Department Chair 

Faculty Website

Preparatory Subject Matter
Accounting4
Elementary Accounting
Agricultural & Environmental Technology7
TAE 010 (Pending Approval)
Chemistry10
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Communication4
Introduction to Public Speaking
Economics8
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Geology 4
The Earth
Mathematics12
Calculus for Biology & Medicine
Calculus
Calculus for Biology & Medicine
Calculus
Calculus for Biology & Medicine
Calculus
Physics6
Principles of Physics
Principles of Physics
Statistics4
Elementary Statistics
Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal59
Depth Subject Matter
Agricultural & Environmental Technology8
TAE 100 (Pending Approval)
TAE 180 (Pending Approval)
Management; choose 15 units:15
Intermediate Microeconomics: Theory of Production & Consumption
Water Science & Management
Managing & Using Information Technology
Marketing for the Technology-Based Enterprise
Technology Management
Writing; choose one:4
Advanced Composition
Writing in the Disciplines: Environmental Writing
Writing in the Professions: Business Writing
Writing in the Professions: Science
Writing in the Professions: Technical Writing
Depth Subject Matter Subtotal27
Total Units86

Tracks

Bioproducts & Wearable Technologies

Bioproducts & Wearable Technologies62
Agricultural & Environmental Technology16
TAE 014 (Pending Approval)
TAE 130A (Pending Approval)
TAE 130B (Pending Approval)
TAE 130C (Pending Approval)
Chemistry17
General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry for Health & Life Sciences
Organic Chemistry for Health & Life Sciences
Organic Chemistry for Health & Life Sciences
Design4
History of Fashion
Management4
Fundamentals of Marketing Management
Social Science9
Cultural Anthropology
Self & Society
Restricted Electives12
Choose 12 units if not previously chosen for Depth Subject Matter Requirements:
TAE 092 (Pending Approval)
TAE 099 (Pending Approval)
TAE 170A (Pending Approval)
TAE 170B (Pending Approval)
TAE 192 (Pending Approval)
TAE 199 (Pending Approval)
Intermediate Microeconomics: Imperfect Competition, Markets & Welfare Economics
Fundamentals of Organization Management
Managerial Marketing
Operations Research & Management Science
Energy, Materials, & Design Over Time
Introduction to Structural Design for Fashion
Sustainable Design
Design & Wearable Technology
Managing & Using Information Technology
Marketing for the Technology-Based Enterprise
Financing New Business Ventures
Management Accounting & Control
Supply Chain Planning & Management
Total Units124

Note: For students considering graduate study in Bioproducts, the following additional preparatory subject matter is recommended; substitute PHY 007A & PHY 007B for PHY 001A & PHY 001B.

Physical Chemistry6
Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences
Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences
Physics 12
General Physics
General Physics
General Physics

Digital Agriculture

Digital Agriculture62
Agricultural & Environmental Technology7
HYD 006
(Pending Approval)
TAE 060
(Pending Approval)
Biology10
Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth
Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology & Evolution
Geographic Information Systems4
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Management; choose 4 units if not chosen previously from Depth Subject Matter Requirements:4
Fundamentals of Organization Management
Fundamentals of Marketing Management
Agricultural Policy
Economics of Agricultural Sustainability
Farm Management
Managing & Using Information Technology
Marketing for the Technology-Based Enterprise
Technology Management
Philosophy4
Minds, Brains, & Computers with Discussion
Science & Society; choose three units:3
Feeding the World: Influences on the Global Food Supply
SAS 004
(Discontinued)
Water Quality at Risk
Crisis in the Environment
Water, Power, Society
Plants & Society
Forests & Society
Genetics & Society
Global Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, & Social Sciences

Emphasis

Digital Agricultural track students must choose one of the following three emphases:

Animal Agriculture Emphasis
Animal Agriculture Emphasis30
Required Courses21
Choose 3 units:3
Introductory Horse Husbandry
Domestic Animal Production
Domestic Animal Production Laboratory
Introductory Companion Animal Biology
Choose 5 units:5
Animal Physiology
Systemic Physiology
ANS 103Animal Welfare4
ANS 104Principles & Applications of Domestic Animal Behavior4
NPB 121Physiology of Reproduction4
NPB 121LPhysiology of Reproduction Laboratory1
Restricted Electives9
Choose 9 units: 19
TAE 092 (Pending Approval)
TAE 099 (Pending Approval)
TAE 192 (Pending Approval)
TAE 199 (Pending Approval)
Water Quality Management for Aquaculture
Genetics & Animal Breeding
Advanced Horse Production
Equine Exercise Physiology
Equine Nutrition
Equine Enterprise Management
Pig & Poultry Care & Management
Beef Cattle & Sheep Production
Dairy Cattle Production
Enterprise Analysis in Animal Industries
Avian Development & Genomics
Genes & Gene Expression
Animal Nutrition
1

Note that some ANS and ANG courses require ANS 015, ANS 041, BIS 101 and/or NUT 115 as prerequisites. Students choosing these courses should take the required prerequisites as part of their required courses or restricted electives accordingly.

Plant Agriculture Emphasis
Plant Agriculture Emphasis 30
Required Courses13
Choose 4 units:4
Introduction to Biology: Biodiversity & the Tree of Life
Botany & Physiology of Cultivated Plants
Choose 9 or 10 units:9-10
Metabolic Processes of Cultivated Plants
Growth & Yield of Cultivated Plants
Environmental Interactions of Cultivated Plants
OR
Genes & Gene Expression
Plant Growth & Development
Molecular & Cellular Biology of Plants
Restricted Electives17
Choose 17 units:17
Environmental Analysis Using GIS
TAE 092 (Pending Approval)
TAE 099 (Pending Approval)
TAE 192 (Pending Approval)
TAE 199 (Pending Approval)
BIS 101 Genes & Gene Expression (4)
Principles of Plant Biotechnology
Plant Genetics & Biotechnology Laboratory
Greenhouse & Nursery Crop Production
Genetics & Plant Conservation: The Biodiversity Crisis
Food Microbiology
Principles of Quality Assurance in Food Processing
Food Packaging
Plant-Water-Soil Relationships
California Floristics
Systematics & Evolution of Angiosperms
Plant Ecology
Population Biology of Invasive Plants & Weeds
Evolution of Crop Plants
Introductory Mycology
Introduction to Plant Pathology
PLP 140
(Discontinued)
Metabolic Processes of Cultivated Plants Laboratory
Growth & Yield of Cultivated Plants Laboratory
Environmental Interactions of Cultivated Plants Laboratory
Agriculture & the Environment
Concepts in Pest Management
Crop Management Systems for Vegetable Production
Forage Crop Production
Biological Applications in Fruit Tree Management
Biological Applications in Fruit Production
Ethnobotany
California Plant Communities
California Plant Communities Field Study
Plant Genetics
Introduction to Plant Breeding
Fruit & Nut Cropping Systems
Fruit & Nut Cropping Systems
Principles & Practices of Plant Propagation
Biology and Quality of Harvested Crops
Molecular & Cellular Aspects of Postharvest Biology
Microbiology & Safety of Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
Introduction to Weed Science
Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops
Principles of Soil Science
Individualized Emphasis Option
Individualized Emphasis Option30
Choose a minimum of 30 upper division units, with approval from a faculty advisor, to form a coherent program of study resulting in expertise and competence in a sub-discipline of courses in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Energy & Environmental Technology

Energy & Environmental Technology62
Agricultural & Environmental Technology20
TAE 020 (Pending Approval)
TAE 128 (Pending Approval)
Engine Technology (or TAE 125 Pending Approval)
Animal Housing & Environment Management (or TAE 121 Pending Approval)
Path to Zero Net Energy (or TAE 212 Pending Approval)
Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing11
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (or TAE 150 Pending Approval)
Environmental Analysis Using GIS (or TAE 182 Pending Approval)
Environmental Monitoring
Environmental Remote Sensing
Science, Management, & Policy15
Choose 15 units; if not chosen previously for Depth Subject Matter Requirements15
Modern Climate Change
Global Environmental Interactions
Principles of Environmental Science
Energy Policy
Natural Resource Economics
Natural Resource Economics
Energy Economics
Managing & Using Information Technology
Marketing for the Technology-Based Enterprise
Restricted Electives16
TAE 092 (Pending Approval)
TAE 099 (Pending Approval)
TAE 192 (Pending Approval)
TAE 199 (Pending Approval)
Global Climate Change
Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth
Bioenergetics & Metabolism
Biomolecules & Metabolism
General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry for Health & Life Sciences
Sustainable Design
Lighting Technology & Design
Designing with Light–Industrial Design
Daylighting & Interior Design
Materials & Methods in Interior Design
Greenhouse & Nursery Crop Production
Water Quality at Risk
Principles of Hydrologic Science
Water Science & Management
Air as a Resource
Environmental Analysis
Marine Environmental Issues
Oceanography
Energy & Environmental Aspects of Transportation
Climate Policy
Ocean & Coastal Policy
Environmental Impact Assessment
Role & Applications of Toxicology in Modern Industry
Environmental Toxicology of Air Pollutants
Health Risk Assessment of Toxicants
Legal Aspects of Environmental Toxicology
Exposure & Dose Assessment
Malting & Brewing Science
Food Microbiology
Food Processing
Introduction to Enzymology
Energy & the Environment
Energy & the Environment
Non-Renewable Natural Resources
Sustainable Development: Theory & Practice
Green Building, Design, & Materials
Financing New Business Ventures
Management Accounting & Control
Supply Chain Planning & Management
Physics of California
Physics of California
Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics
Introduction to Nuclear Physics
Nuclear Physics, Extensions & Applications
Metabolic Processes of Cultivated Plants
Agriculture & the Environment
Urban Ecology
Climate Change & Politics
The Politics of Energy
Plants & Society
Global Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, & Social Sciences
Global Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, & Social Sciences
Energy, Materials, & Design Over Time
Sociology of the Environment
Soils in Our Environment
Principles of Soil Science
Environmental Soil Chemistry
Physiological Ecology of Wildlife
Marine Conservation Science
Climate Change Ecology

Agricultural & Environmental Technology (TAE)

TAE 030 — Mobile Communication & Computing Technologies for Agriculture & the Environment (4 units)

Course Description: Modern computer technologies and the applications of sensing technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) in agriculture and the environment. IoT and embedded devices; history and evolution of IoT, communication, and computing technologies; sensors and actuators; microcontrollers; data communication technology; introduction to data analysis and data visualization; designing web applications; and hands‐on IoT-based projects.

  • Learning Activities: Lecture 2 hour(s), Discussion 1 hour(s), Laboratory 3 hour(s).
  • Enrollment Restriction(s): Pass One restricted to students in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences.
  • Grade Mode: Letter.
  • General Education: Quantitative Literacy (QL); Visual Literacy (VL).