The Biology Major at Davidson

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.

Courses span the spectrum of biological disciplines that prepare students for advanced studies in a wide variety of fields. 100-level courses serve as the entry courses to the major. The 200- and 300-level biology courses give students access to a broad range of biological knowledge and technical skills.

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.

"It is a lot of work, but a lot of fun. The biology major is great because you can tailor it to what you like (big bio or small bio or both). And it provides a great foundation for a career in the sciences or medical field."

Biology Major Handbook

The Biology Major Handbook (PDF) provides academic and administrative information about biology at Davidson.

Biology Major Handbook

Courses You Might Take

BIO 265

Knowing Nature

K. Smith

Humans are biological organisms and all our biological needs-in whole or in part, directly or indirectly-come from the biotic world in which we are embedded. Yet for many humans, our daily existence in built environments obscures our…

BIO 218

Human Form and Function


This course is designed to provide an introduction to the structural organization of the human body. The theme of functional anatomy will be emphasized through the analysis of shape and composition and the correlation of structure with function…

BIO 202


Sich, Wessner

An introduction to the diverse world of microbes. Topics include the structure, metabolism, identification, and genetics of archaeons, bacteria, and viruses. Special emphasis is placed on interactions between microbes and humans, both in terms of pathogenesis and biotechnology. Laboratory focuses…