Students admitted into the Plant Pathology graduate program should have taken undergraduate courses in Chemistry, Calculus, Biology, Molecular Biology, Statistics, Microbiology, and Plant Physiology. Students that have not taken these courses previously will be required to take representative classes offered at UC Davis. Students are required to register for 12 units per quarter, which will be a combination of course units and research units. We do not advise that students register for more than two three-unit courses per quarter (not counting the Departmental Seminar).

The core classes that are required for completion of MS and Ph.D. degrees are listed below and can be completed within a two-year timeframe.

Core Course Requirements for the Master's and Ph.D. Degree 

  1. PLP 201A, Impacts, mechanisms & control of Plant Disease (focus on plant pathogenic organisms) - Fall quarter, 4 units
  2. PLP 201B, Impacts, mechanisms & control of Plant Disease (focus on Ecology and Epidemiology of Plant Disease) - Fall quarter, 3 units
  3. PLP 205, Field Plant Pathology- Disease detection, control, and management - Spring quarter odd years (+ 4 day summer component)
  4. PLP 210, Biochemistry and molecular biology of Plant-Microbe Interaction - Winter quarter, 4 units
  5. PLP 290 - Department Seminar - every quarter unless there is a class scheduling conflict, 1 unit
  6. PLP 209C - In-progress Seminar, 1 unit
  7. PhD students: two elective classes, 3 quarters each minimum

Nematology Emphasis Students, MS or Ph.D. 

May substitute ONE Nematology course for one of the pathogen courses (PLP 224, 228, or 230). 

Potential Nematology courses include: Nematology 204 or others in consultation with your advisor

Additional Course Requirements for the Ph.D.

ONE ELECTIVE COURSE, minimum of 3 units, upper division or graduate level courses that will be selected in consultation with your Thesis Advisor and Graduate Advisor.