Graduate Electives and Seminars

Graduate Elective Courses

Students in the second and subsequent years are expected to take at least 3 units of graded graduate courses. As a consequence of the intellectual and research interests of the faculty of the group, there are two distinct academic lines for students to follow: (1) microbial physiology and genetics / applied and environmental microbiology; and (2) microbial pathogenesis, immunology and virology. Electives are not limited to this lists. Students can take other courses as electives provided major professor and academic advisor approval is given.


At least 4 units or participatory seminars are also required. These are journal clubs and small-group seminars designed to engage students in an understanding of current literature related to and outside the dissertation research field.


The best source of information about courses is the UC Davis General Catalog, which is available on-line ( In the UCD Catalog, relevant courses are listed under departments (note that departments in the schools of Engineering, Medicine and Vet Medicine are sub-listed under “E,” “M” and “V,” respectively, in the catalog) or under graduate groups (e.g. Genetics, Immunology).

Graduate-level courses are numbered 200-299. Undergraduate, upper division courses are numbered 100-199. Many are good for background, especially in areas you might not have covered as an undergraduate. They will not count toward the requirement for 3 units of graded, graduate elective courses. Both graduate and upper division undergraduate courses are counted in your GPA.

UC Davis Schedule Builder is an on-line course registration tool. Confirm the availability of graduate courses, which may differ from the listings in the General Catalog.

**Watch for new courses announced by e-mail.**

**Students should discuss selecting an elective with their their major professor and academic advisor before registering.**

Course # Title Quarter Offered: 2016-17 or (2017-18)
Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Response
BCB 257 Cell Proliferation and Cancer Genes F (F)
GGG 210 Horizontal Gene Transfer F (F)
IMM 201 Introductory Immunology F (F)
IMM 293 Current Concepts in Immunology W (W)
IMM 294 Comparative Clinical Immunology alternate years
IMM 297 Mucosal Immunology (S)- alternate years
IMM 203 Cancer Immunology alternate years
MIC 262 Advanced General and Molecular Virology (F)- alternate years
MMI 215 Medical Parasitology alternate years
MMI 280 The Endogenous Microbiota in Lifespan Health and Disease S (S)
NUT 251 Nutrition and Immunity W- alternate years
PHR 212 Epidemiology of the Zoonoses alternate years
PLP 210 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plant-Microbe Interaction W
PLP 224 Advanced Mycology S- alternate years
PLP 228 Plant Bacteriology (F)- alternate years
PLP 230 Plant Virology W- alternate years
PMI 270 Advanced Immunology W (W)
Microbial Physiology and Genetics/Applied and Environmental Microbiology
ECI 248 Biofilm Processes: Interface of Microbiological Sciences and Engineering offered irregularly
FST 204 Advanced Food Microbiology S (S)
FST 205 Industrial Microbiology offered irregularly
MCB 263 Biotechnology Fundamentals and Applications W (W)
MIC 200B Advanced Bacteriology offered irregularly
PLP 217 Molecular Genetics of Fungi W- alternate years
PMI 214 Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases: Changing Patterns (ENT 214) F (F)
SSC 211 Advanced Soil Microbiology F- alternate years
Advanced Biochemistry, Cell Biology
BCB 212 Cell Biology W (W)
BCB 213 Developmental Biology W (W)
MIC 276 Advanced Concepts in DNA Metabolism (W) alternate years
Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics
ECS 124 Theory and Practice of Bioinformatics [not graduate level] (W)
GGG 201A Advanced Genetic Analysis F (F)
PHA 250 Functional Genomics: from Bench to Bedside (S) S (S)
ANG 212 Sequence Analysis in Molecular Genetics offered irregularly
APC 286 Basics of Microscopy and Cellular Imaging S-alternate years
PMI 201 Integrative Pathobiology Core I W (W)
STA 100 Applied Statistics for the Biological Sciences [not graduate level] F W S Su (F W S Su)
STA 101 Advanced Applied Statistics for the Biological Sciences [not graduate level] S (S)

Note: Students may also find the Research Ethics (RCR) Program very helpful even though it is not a registered course.



Participatory = students must participate by making a presentation during the quarter. Focus is on critical analysis of the scientific literature. May be a journal club, but must have a course designation and the student must present during the quarter. Offerings vary by quarter and year. Watch for e-mail notices each quarter. Check current class schedule and room directory on the registrar’s web site.

Course # Title Quarter Offered: 2016-17 or (2017-18)
Microbial pathogenesis and host response
BCB 298 Group Study F W S (F W S)
ENT 291 Current Topics in Medical and Veterinary Entomology F W S
FST 290 Seminar in Food Science (if appropriately structured) F W S (F W S)
GGG 293 Seminar in Animal Genetics S- alternate years
GGG 294 Seminar in Human Genetics W- alternate years
GGG 295 Seminar in Molecular Genetics F- alternate years
IMM 292 Immuno-toxicology Seminar offered irregularly
IMM 296 Advanced Topics in Immunology F (F)
MCB 295 Literature in Molecular and Cellular Biology F W S (F W S)
MMI 210A Critical Analysis of Contemporary Research on Animal Models of Human alternate years
PBI 223 Special Topics in Scientific Method F (F)
PMI 291A Seminar in Immunology F S (F S)
PMI 293A Seminar in Infectious Diseases F (F)
PLP 291 Seminar in Molecular Plant Pathology F W (F W)
PLP 295 Seminar in Mycology S (S)
SSC 290 Special Topics in Soil Science F W S (F W S)
VME 225 Retroviral Pathogenesis Seminar/Journal Club F W S (F W S)
Microbial physiology and genetics/applied and environmental microbiology
GEL 250 Advanced Geochemistry Seminar alternate years
MIC 274 Seminar in Genetic Recombination offered irregularly
MIC 275 Seminar in DNA Repair and Recombination W S (F S)
MIC 292 Seminar in Bacterial Physiology and Genetics F W S (F W S)
VEN 270 Critical Evaluation of Scientific Literature F S (F S)