Major Advising

Global Disease Biology Major Advising

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Global Disease Biology

The GDB degree requirement includes 64-66 units of Preparatory Subject Matter, 44-47 units of Depth Subject Matter, and at least 25 units of Restricted Electives, for a minimum total of 133-138 units as shown here. Students transferring from a community college, state college, or another university are encouraged to either visit or contact our GDB academic staff (gdb-advise@ucdavis.edu) with questions about if and how their UC-transferable units might waive one or more GDB course requirements. A degree in GDB covers the majority of the standard prerequisites for many health profession schools (e.g. medical school, veterinary medicine, physician assistants, nursing, dental school, physical therapy, clinical lab sciences), but additional requirements may exist. We recommend that students wanting to follow these career paths plan accordingly and check with individual schools and consult campus resources such as Health Professions Advising (HPA) Students may also minor in GDB; requirements are listed at the bottom of this page.

Preparatory Subject Matter (64-66 units)

Course

 

 

Units

GDB 90

 

Introduction to Global Disease Biology

1

SAS 13

 

Disease and Society

3

BIS 2A/B/C

 

Introduction to Biology

15

CHE 2A/B/C

 

General Chemistry

15

ONE of the following course combinations:

 

 

6-8

 

CHE 8A/B 

Organic Chemistry: Brief Course

(6)

 

CHE 118A/B 

Organic Chemistry for Health and Life Sciences

(8)

PHY 7A/B

 

General Physics

8

MAT 17A/B/C

 

Calculus for Biology and Medicine

12

ONE of the following courses:

       

 

4

 

STA 13

Elementary Statistics

(4)

 

STA 100 

Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences

(4)

 

PLS 120 

Applied Statistics in Agricultural Science

(4)

Depth Subject Matter (44-47 units)

Course

 

 

Units

BIS 101

 

Genes and Gene Expression

4

BIS 105

 

Biomolecules and Metabolism

3

EVE 100

 

Introduction to Evolution

4

MIC 102

 

Introductory Microbiology Lecture

4

MIC 103L

 

Introductory Microbiology Lab

2

PMI 129Y

 

One Health: Human, Animal & Environment Interfaces

3

VME 158

 

Infectious Disease in Ecology and Conservation

3

GDB 101

 

Epidemiology

4

GDB 102

 

Disease Intervention and Policy

4

TWO of the following pathogen/disease courses:

                  

 

6-9

 

PLP 120 

Introduction to Plant Pathology

(4)

 

PLP 130 

Fungal Biology & Disease

(3)

 

PMI 127  

Medical Bacteria and Fungi

(5)

 

PMI 128 

Biology of Animal Viruses (or MIC 162 General Virology)

(3-4)

 

ENT 153 

Medical Entomology

(3)

 

ENT 156 

Biology of Parasitism (ENT 156L is optional)

(3-4)

 

GDB 103 

The Microbiome of People, Animals and Plants

(3)

GDB 187

 

Global Disease Biology Seminar

3

GDB 189

 

Global Disease Biology Senior Research

3

GDB 189D

 

Global Disease Biology Research Discussion

1

Restricted Electives (Minimum 25 Units)

These are typically upper division courses that are identified by the student with the help of their faculty research mentor or practicum mentor and with approval from GDB Advising. Restricted Electives offer the student an opportunity to specialize and to personalize their degree. The 2019-2020 Guide to GDB Restricted Electives is available here.

The GDB Practicum Project

The major also includes a senior research project (GDB 189) that involves 1 or 2 quarters of independent study or research usually under the direct guidance of a faculty mentor. Projects may be off campus with a non-UC Davis mentor, but students must also have an on campus faculty member as a co-mentor. Projects may be lab- or field-based research, analysis of data sets, or writing of a review paper exploring a critical issue in global disease or health. Projects typically are completed on campus, but may be off-campus with a non-UC Davis mentor, in which case students must also have an on campus faculty member as a co-mentor. Students enroll in GDB 187 in their Junior year to identify and begin their research project. We will soon be posting first-hand experiences from GDB students who already have completed their senior research project. The 2020-2021 Guide to the GDB Practicum is available here.

Past Practicum Project Titles: