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.

Courses & Requirements

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 309


M. Campbell, D. Thurtle-Schmidt

Students use published resources to understand how genome-scale information (e.g., DNA sequences, genome variations, transcriptomes, proteomes, and clinical studies) can provide a systems biology perspective. Students also use databases and bioinformatics tools to analyze data and post their analyses online.  May be taken simultaneously with BIO 343.

Counts as an elective in the Data Science interdisciplinary minor.

Successful compeletion of BIO 111/113 and 112/114 and one of the following: BIO 201, 202, 208/238, 209, 303, 306/336, 307/337, 333, or 343 are required.  Satisfies group A only in combination with BIO 343.

BIO 108

Human Biology


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.

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

BIO 114

Integr Concepts in Biology II

Paradise, Peroni, K. Smith, Wadgymar

Introduction to biology's core concepts from organisms through ecological systems 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 114 with either BIO 111 or BIO 113 to satisfy upper level prerequisites, pre-med requirements, and biology major requirements.

Satisfies the Natural Science requirement.

Students with credit for BIO 112 may not enroll in BIO 114.