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 112

Organisms,Evolution,Ecosystems

Instructors
Barsoum, Stanback

Introduction to organismal and superorganismal biology.  Topics include evolution, ecology, and animal anatomy and physiology.  Laboratory sessions meet once a week and are comprised of investigative exercises and some animal dissections. Students may take BIO 112 with either…

BIO 303

Biochemistry

Instructor
Sarafova, B. Thurtle-Schmidt

Introduction to the principles of biochemistry.  Emphasis is placed on enzymology, structure of biomolecules, and cellular metabolism.  Laboratory emphasizes  enzyme purification and characterization.

Satisfies a requirement in Group A of the Biology major.
Satisfies a requirement…

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…