Global Disease Biology Minor

Students are required meet with a GDB advisor to set up an academic plan before their last year at UC Davis in order to complete the GDB minor. Students who do not meet with a GDB advisor according to this timeline may not be able to complete and declare the GDB minor within their graduation timeline.

Listed below are the requirements for an academic minor in Global Disease Biology. You can also find them on our GDB Minor Requirements Sheet. Some of these courses have prerequisites that are not included as part of the minor, so students should plan accordingly. Total number of units: 20-22.

Course Title Prerequisites Units Quarters Offered
SAS 013 Disease & Society --- 3 Fall, Winter
PMI 129Y One Health: Human, Animal & Environment Interfaces Limited to upper division undergraduate students in good standing and who fulfill the course prerequisites. 3 Fall, Winter
VME 158 Infectious Disease in Ecology and Conservation BIS 002ABIS 002BBIS 002CEVE 100 is recommended. 3 Winter, Spring
GDB 101 Epidemiology SAS 013BIS 002ABIS 002BBIS 002C; ((STA 013 or STA 013Y) or (STA 100 or PLS 120)). 4 Fall, Winter
GDB 102 Disease Intervention and Policy GDB 101SAS 013BIS 002ABIS 002BBIS 002CPMI 129YVME 158. 4 Spring
    ONE of the following pathogen/disease courses:    
ENT 153 Medical Entomology BIS 002ABIS 002B; or consent of instructor; upper division standing in one of the biological sciences. 3 Winter
ENT 156 Biology of Parasitism (ENT 156L is optional) BIS 002A; or consent of instructor. 4 Spring
GDB 103 Microbiome of People, Animals, and Plants BIS 002ABIS 002BBIS 002C. 3 Winter, Spring
MIC 162 General Virology BIS 101BIS 102 or BIS 105 recommended. 3 Winter
MMI 177 Human Virology BIS 102 or BIS 101 or BIS 103 or BIS 104 or BIS 105. 3 Winter
PLP 100 Biology of Plant Pathogens BIS 002ABIS 002BBIS 002C. 3 Winter
PLP 120 Introduction to Plant Pathology BIS 002C; or consent of instructor; MIC 102 recommended. 4 Spring
PLP 130 Fungal Disease Biology BIS 002A (can be concurrent); BIS 002B (can be concurrent); BIS 002C (can be concurrent); or consent of instructor. 3 Spring
PMI 127 Medical Bacteria and Fungi Any MIC course with lab; Immunology recommended. 5 Spring
PMI 128 Biology of Animal Viruses BIS 102. 3 Spring

How to declare a Global Disease Biology Minor

  1. Review GDB minor requirements.
  2. Schedule an appointment with a GDB advisor to incorporate minor requirements into your academic plan. You are required to meet with a GDB advisor prior to declaring your minor.
  3. Complete the required coursework for the GDB minor with passing grades.
    • NOTE: You will NOT be able to register for GDB 101 and GDB 102 during your Pass One registration time due to major restrictions.
    • Please register or waitlist for GDB 101 and GDB 102 during your Pass 2 registration time. The GDB Advising Team will reach out to you after Pass 2 regarding your enrollment status for those classes.
  4. Submit a Minor Declaration form once you have officially registered for your last course required for the minor. This form must be submitted before the deadline for the graduation application

Please email any questions about the Global Disease Biology minor to GDB Advising at