And Ann Mulhall could have a doctorate in an engineering field, right? Or does the script contradict that? I think someone on the bbs postulated that as an explanation for her in her fetching red outfit, nom nom.
Nom nom nom, I quite agree.
But she introduces herself as Dr Ann Mulhall, Astro-biology.
My own double-talk explanation would be that above a certain rank, or in certain back-water departments, officers can choose their own uniform color based on personal preference. This isn't like the flight deck of an aircraft carrier where the shirt colors of guys running around in a life-and-death situation have to be visible from the bridge. It's more like living in the International Space Station, almost casual.
And it just so happens that most women looked best in the red dress. Does the name Yoeman Teresa Ross mean anything to you guys? Nichelle Nichols hated the "plain" command color she wore in "The Corbomite Maneuver" and couldn't get out of it fast enough. She wanted red.