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 161

Being Human in STEM


Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) environments are far less diverse than the population at large and are thereby missing considerable talent to solve critically important problems in improving the human experience (health, environment, etc.). BIO 161 is a…

BIO 263

Evolutionary Ecology


Evolutionary ecology examines how the abiotic and biotic environment shape evolutionary dynamics, which in turn can influence the environment that an organism experiences. Students will gain an understanding of these dynamics through the reading and discussion of foundational and…

BIO 114

Integr Concepts in Biology II

Paradise, Peroni, K. Smith, Thawley, 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…