This course allows a student with a substantial background in biology (usually a junior or senior major) to pursue intensive readings of the original scientific literature in a specific area of study not represented in the Biology curriculum or not offered during the student's attendance at Davidson. The course frequently culminates in a substantial paper and/or oral presentation. Admission is by consent of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic then closely supervises and evaluates the student's work. The student develops a written plan of study (syllabus) in collaboration with the faculty member following the guidelines on the Independent Course Contract form available through the Registrar. BIO 370 may be repeated on a different topic with the chair's permission.
Successful completion of at least one course above BIO 200.