• Dorcas with Python

    Students in the Herpetology Lab have the opportunity to develop research projects based on their interests and take the primary role in all aspects of their research.

  • Geonomics Lab

    Biology facilities include well-equipped teaching and research laboratories.

  • Biology Field Trip to Rocky River

    The Biology Department is dedicated to giving our students research opportunities in the laboratory and in the field.



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Biology Major

The Biology Department is committed to preparing students for success in graduate school, professional school, and as career candidates. Biology majors have faculty advisers in the department to help them select courses that will meet their individual goals. Additional academic and administrative information is also available in the Biology Department Handbook.

Biology 111/113 and 112/114 serve as the entry courses to the major. Two hundred- and 300-level biology courses give students access to a broad range of biological knowledge and technical skills. Stressing problem-solving and critical thinking, these courses are appropriate for any student who has completed the prerequisites, but they are not limited to biology majors. Topical, discussion-based seminar courses (260s, 360-367 and 390s ) and research courses (250s, 350s, and 370s) in some cases require permission to register.

Major Requirements

The biology major requires 11 courses, including three introductory courses (Chemistry 115 and Biology 111/113 and Biology 112/114) plus eight advanced biology courses numbered 200 or above.

Of the eight biology courses numbered 200 or above, at least three advanced laboratory courses must be completed from the following list, with at least one from each of the two groups: Group A (201, 202, 208, 303, 306, 307, and 333); Group B (212, 216, 222, 223, 305, 311, 317, 321, and 331).

Seven of the 11 courses required for the biology major must be Davidson courses taught by Davidson College faculty members.

Recommended Courses

Chemistry 250/350; Mathematics 111(or 112)/113/160; 111(or 112)/110; or 112/140; and Physics 120/220 or 130/230 are strongly recommended for biology majors.

Most medical and veterinary schools require four chemistry courses, two physics courses, and two math courses. Most biology graduate programs strongly recommend two organic chemistry courses, two physics courses, and two math courses.


Pre-medical and pre-dental students should take the following courses: Biology 111 and 112 or Biology 113 and 114; Chemistry 115, 220, 250, and 350; Physics 120 and 220 or 130 and 230. Some medical schools have a mathematics requirement and additional required and recommended courses.

Pre-medical and pre-dental students, as well as students seeking a career in other health professions such as pharmacy, nursing practice, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, etc., should consult with the Pre-Medicine and Allied Health Program Director, Dr. Naila Mamoon, when choosing basic science classes. While many undergraduate institutions begin offering pre-med advising only in the junior year, Dr. Mamoon likes to meet pre-med students during their first semester to create tailored strategies to help individuals meet pre-medical requirements and become competitive medical school applicants.

Pre-veterinary students should consult with Prof. Pamela Hay for advice on course selection.