Ph.D. Degree Requirements
Students will select a specific area of emphasis within food science and complete degree requirements by writing a thesis. The coursework required depends on these choices, although some courses are required for all students. The emphasis areas are:
- Food Biochemistry
- Food Chemistry
- Food Microbiology/Fermentation
- Sensory Science
Heat Transfer in a Freezing Potato
All students develop a broad background in food biochemistry, chemistry, processing and microbiology through the core courses. In addition, each student takes sufficient advanced coursework in their area of emphasis to develop a specialized advanced knowledge base. These specialized graduate courses are designed to build upon their undergraduate courses.
Students are encouraged to take additional courses throughout their residence. The academic adviser, with the assistance of the major professor, will help each student form their course plan. Sufficient research (299) units must also be taken so that an acceptable dissertation can be written. All courses are described in more detail in the UC Davis catalog.
The following four core courses are required of all Ph.D. students:
|FST 201||Fall||Chemistry and Biochemistry|
|FST 203||Winter||Food Processing|
|FST 204||Spring||Advanced Food Microbiology|
Area of Emphasis Courses
- Food Biochemistry, Food Chemistry and Food Microbiology/Fermentation
- Sensory Science
In order to advance to candidacy, students must also take a minimum of six units of Seminar. Three units can be obtained by taking FST 290 for two quarters and FST 291 once; however, numerous other departments and graduate groups offer suitable seminar classes. In addition, the student must give at least one oral presentation to advance to candidacy. FST 291 satisfies this requirement, but other seminar programs which require a presentation can also satisfy this requirement.
Advancement to Candidacy
Before they are officially admitted to Ph.D. candidacy, students must complete their required coursework and pass the qualifying exam. After the qualifying exam is successfully completed, students must file an application for advancement to candidacy with the dean of Graduate Studies.
Upon advancement to candidacy, the student will then complete the requirements under Plan B of Davis Graduate Studies by carrying out a research program under the direction of a major professor, who must be an active member of the Food Science Graduate Group, and by submitting an acceptable dissertation. The preparation of the dissertation will be under the guidance of a Dissertation Committee of three members, recommended by the Executive Committee and appointed by Graduate Studies. Students are encouraged to suggest a committee drawn from their Oral Examination Committee, after consultation with their academic adviser. The major professor will serve as the chairperson. The candidate will organize annual meetings with the committee to review the research program, and will provide documentation of the meeting to the Chair of the Graduate Group by October 1 of each year, until the dissertation has been completed and signed by the committee members. An exit seminar will be presented before the dissertation is signed.