The Graduate Group in Comparative Pathology (GGCP) is the core UC Davis graduate program for students interested in disease processes and biomedical research. The diverse faculty members in the group come from the School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Medicine, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Biological Sciences, a collaboration that offers students a wide range of opportunities and expertise from the UC Davis biomedical research community.
GGCP is designed for students interested in studying mechanisms responsible for the development of disease at the organismal, cellular or subcellular level. Students interested in cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, immunology, or genetics should apply to the graduate programs in those subjects. But such students may find some of the courses taught by faculty in comparative pathology to be of great interest.
Successful completion of the GGCP program leads to either a master of science (MS) or doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree. Students applying to this program have varied backgrounds. Some hold professional degrees (i.e., DVM, MD or DDS) while others apply after completion of an undergraduate degree. Students without a professional degree are admitted if they have exceptionally strong interests and backgrounds in basic biomedical sciences.