Area of Focus
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Science & Math
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
  • B.S.
Academic Division
  • Social Sciences
  • Physical and Biological Sciences
  • Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Learning Experience

Global and Community Health (GCH) at UC Santa Cruz comprises two separate programs. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program offers two concentrations—biomedical or public and community health—that help to prepare students for a healthcare related career or other patient-care careers, or roles in health administration, public health, and advocacy. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program trains students to address social determinants of health, fostering skills that will enable them to serve as future leaders in health care, health policy, public health, and community organizing.

Internships and Career Opportunities

  • Chiropractics
  • Dentistry
  • Medical technology
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Public health
  • Veterinary medicine

These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities.


B.S. Program Overview

The B.S. in Global and Community Health serves the needs of students who aspire to a wide range of careers in healthcare. Students in this program will learn about the biological bases of health and disease and how social, political, economic, and environmental factors interact with the biology to create patterns of disease in communities and societies.

Human Biology

B.S. Program First-Year (Freshman) Requirements

B.S. requirements: In addition to the courses required for UC admission, high school students who intend to major in biology should take high school courses in biology, chemistry, advanced mathematics (precalculus and/or calculus), and physics. The MCDB department has a qualification policy that applies to the molecular, cell and developmental biology B.S.; global and community health B.S.; biology B.S. and neuroscience B.S. majors. For more information about these and other MCDB majors, see the MCD Biology Undergraduate Program website and the UCSC Catalog.

UCSC Day 1 and Day 2

B.S. Program Transfer Requirements

The B.S. major is a screening major. Junior transfer students who plan to major in the biological sciences must complete the qualification requirements prior to transfer.

Junior-level transfer students are also strongly encouraged to complete a year of organic chemistry, calculus, and calculus-based physics courses prior to transfer. This will prepare transfers to begin their advanced degree requirements and allow time in their senior year for doing research. California community college students should follow the prescribed coursework in the UCSC transfer agreements available at

Prospective transfer students should review the transfer information and qualification requirements on the MCD Biology Transfer Student website and the UCSC Catalog.

Lab Work

Program Contact for B.S. Major





apartment Sinsheimer Labs, 225
phone (831) 459-4986

B.A. Program Overview

Global and Community Health is an interdisciplinary field of study that is connected both to urgent practical work in the world at large and the core concerns of a liberal arts education. Since GCH topics are embedded in and reflective of wide-ranging social forces, their study is situated at the intersection of diverse traditional disciplines ranging from art, literature, and history, to anthropology, sociology, psychology, politics, economics, and the natural and environmental sciences. Other interdisciplinary fields such as feminist studies and Latin American and Latino studies also intersect in influential ways with GCH, creating exciting opportunities for double majors.


B.A. Program First-Year (Freshman) Requirements

B.A. requirements: No specific courses at the high school level are required for admission to the GCH B.A. at UC Santa Cruz. Courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, whether taken at the high school or college level, are appropriate background and preparation.

UCSC Day 1 and Day 2

B.A. Program Transfer Requirements

B.A. requirements: The B.A. major is a non-screening major. Students planning to apply in this major are not required to complete specific major preparation courses before they come to UC Santa Cruz.

Transfer students must take the required lower-division GCH course (GCH 1) in the fall of their first year at UC Santa Cruz or as soon thereafter as possible.

Courses from another institution may be considered only if they appear on the student’s Transfer Credit Summary. Students who wish to substitute transferable courses taken elsewhere for the GCH B.A. major’s requirements should discuss the procedure with a GCH adviser.

Lab Work 2

Program Contact for B.A. Major





apartment Humanities and Social Sciences Building
phone (831) 459-3727

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