Biology at Davidson

The Biology department provides students with strong foundations that enable them to think critically about biological topics, learn technical skills for solving biological problems, and communicate biological information in multiple formats.

By offering courses that span the spectrum of biological disciplines, students can prepare for advanced studies in a wide variety of fields. The curriculum also prepares students to take a leadership role in society by furnishing them with the tools to make informed decisions about scientific issues.

Prof. Paradise Research in the Field

Prof. Chris Paradise and Davidson Research Institute summer fellows collect data on the insect population of a local farm.

Prof. Bernd Safer Smokes Research in Lab w Student

Students study the effects on vaping using an exposure chamber that Prof. Karen Bernd's lab developed specifically for e-cigarette vapor experiments.

Prof. Pat Peroni leads students in field research

Prof. Pat Peroni leads students into the Ecological Preserve to conduct a study into the effects of location and seed density on seed predation.

Research

In addition to the research projects that are integral parts of many biology lab courses, students have opportunities to design independent research courses, conduct thesis projects and participate in paid summer research internships.

Student Research Opportunities

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Courses You Can Take

BIO 108

Human Biology

Instructor
McNally

Introduction to the science of biology by exploring human health, physiology, and disease.  Designed to meet science requirements of non-science majors.  One laboratory meeting per week.

Satisfies the Natural Science requirement.
 

Prerequisites
Not open to students who have credit for BIO 111/113 or 112/114 except by permission of the chair. 

BIO 111

Molecules, Genes, & Cells

Instructors
Barsoum, Bernd, Hales, Wessner

Introduction to the unifying principles of biology at the levels of organization from molecules through cells.  The main topics include biochemistry and bioenergetics, cell structure and physiology, and Mendelian and molecular genetics.  A laboratory, emphasizing planning, performing, and presenting experiments, meets once each week. Students may take BIO 111 with either BIO 112 or BIO 114 to complete biology introductory course requirements.

Satisfies the Natural Science requirement.
 

Prerequisites
Students with credit for BIO 113 may not enroll in BIO 111.

BIO 113

Integrated Concepts in Bio I

Instructors
M. Campbell, El Bejjani, Rosemond, Sarafova, B. Thurtle-Schmidt, D. Thurtle-Schmidt, 

Introduction to biology's core concepts from molecules through cells including information, evolution, cells, emergent properties, and homeostasis.  The weekly laboratory emphasizes core competencies of the process of science, the interdisciplinary nature of modern biology, data interpretation, quantitative skills, communication in multiple formats, and experience with large databases.  Students may take BIO 113 with either BIO 112 or BIO 114 to complete biology introductory course requirements.

Satisfies the Natural Science requirement.

Prerequisites
Students with credit for BIO 111 may not enroll in BIO 113.