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Q: Will I be able to graduate in four years?
A: Yes, but it will require some planning on your part. The first and best step to avoid taking extra quarters is to make an appointment with our advisers to discuss a draft four-year plan so that you are aware of what core classes need to be taken and when. Students who are proactive about scheduling will find that completing the Global Disease Biology major in four years is absolutely doable. You may also want to consider taking summer sessions, transfer community college credits, and minimizing superfluous courses - our advisers can discuss these options with you in more detail.
Q: Am I able to retake a course that I did not pass on the first attempt?
A: Not passing a class is not the end of the world! Undergraduate students are allowed to repeat and replace up to 16 units. Let’s say you failed MAT 17A: you can retake it and your new grade will completely replace the old one. There are restrictions on retaking a course more than twice - come into advising to discuss those details. Also, keep in mind that your schedule will need to be updated and revisited to include the repeated course, so you should plan accordingly, and talk to our advisers so that they may go over the details with you.
Q: Am I required to take GDB 90 during my freshman year?
A: While it is highly suggested to take GDB 90 as soon as you can, it is not technically a prerequisite for any class except GDB 187, which you will likely take junior year. However, GDB 90 is truly an excellent introduction to the major and as such it will be more useful for you as a GDB student to take it sooner rather than later.
Q: Will my Advanced Placement (AP) exams satisfy any of my GDB requirements?
A: To start, only AP exam scores of three, four, or five will earn up to 8 units of college credit - scores of one and two will not. With the exception of either AP English exams - scores of four or five on either exam will satisfy your lower-division English requirement - AP exam scores do not count towards any General Education requirements. However, many AP exams may be used to satisfy a prerequisite requirement for certain classes; the list is long and students should meet with an adviser to discuss their specific AP exams.
Q: Am I required to take Chemistry 118C and/or Physics 7C?
A: The Global Disease Biology major does not require CHE 118C or PHY 7C, but certain health professional schools require these classes. If you are interested in a pre-health route, please meet with an adviser to discuss scheduling.
Q: Can I take the BIS 102/BIS 103 combo instead of BIS 105?
A: Yes, you can. Two quarters of Biochemistry is a requirement for some health professional schools, and so many students interested in this path choose to take BIS 102 and BIS 103, instead of BIS 105.
Q: How do I go about choosing my restricted electives and when will I take those courses?
A: All GDB students will formally submit their proposed restricted electives during GDB 187 which will be taken junior year. Students will choose their restricted electives with the consent of their master or faculty adviser and their academic adviser (Brandy Fleming), and most students will take their restricted electives during their junior and senior year. The restricted electives are upper division courses that add up to a minimum of 25 units and that are chosen by the student to reflect their individual interest within the field of global health and to personalize and focus their GDB experience. The ‘restricted’ adjective refers to the fact that there are certain restrictions to classes that may be counted towards these 25 units; consult your adviser for details.
Q: What will my schedule look like during my freshman year?
A: Your schedule will look very similar to that of students in other scientific majors. It is not uncommon to start and complete the MAT 17, CHE 2, and BIS 2 series during your freshman year, alongside General Education (GE) courses and GDB 90. An example schedule is listed below:

Fall: GDB 90, MAT 17A, CHE 2A, a GE course, and a seminar course. (13-15 units)

Winter: MAT 17B, CHE 2B, BIS 2A, and a GE course. (15-17 units)

Spring: MAT 17C, CHE 2C, BIS 2B, and a GE course. (15-17 units)

Obviously, this schedule is not for everyone and you should meet with the academic or peer adviser so that they may help assist you with scheduling.
Q: I am a transfer student. How is my GDB experience going to be different from that of an incoming freshman?
A: As a transfer student, your academic experience here at UC Davis will vary depending on what units you transfer in with, whether or not you are IGETC certified, how many of your courses will articulate, etc. The best course of action for transfer students in GDB is to make an appointment with our Academic Adviser so that you may have a more personal conversation about your experience here at UC Davis. In general though, make ample use of the UC Davis Admission's Transfer page and Assist to gain insight into what courses you have already satisfied and which ones you will need to take at UC Davis. Finally, the Transfer Reentry Veterans Center (TRV) is an amazing, on-campus resource available for transfer students.
Q: Will I be able to study abroad while completing the major in four years?
A: Yes! There are numerous options available so that you are able to study abroad and graduate on time. However, the earlier you start planning, the better. We recommend meeting with our advisers and contacting the UC Davis Study Abroad office to discuss how to structure your schedule so that your study abroad trip will fit nicely and you are not behind when you return.
Q: Am I expected to develop and carry out my own, unique study for my senior research project?
A: While some students certainly create their own research projects, most GDB students will be a part of a graduate or postgraduate student’s project, and their senior research project will be based off of that.
Q: How do I make an advising appointment?
A: The best way to make an appointment with our advisers is by going online to https://appointments.ucdavis.edu.

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