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 105

Biology For Life

M. Campbell

Students engage in data exploration to learn about topics that will continue to be relevant to their lives after college. Topics include, but are not limited to, climate change, race, artificial sweeteners, and sex determination. Laboratory consists…

CHE 430

Enzyme Engineering


The capability of enzymes to catalyze selective organic reactions is both an essential biological phenomenon and an opportunity for new, sustainable approaches to synthetic chemistry.  This multidisciplinary course will investigate classic and cutting-edge approaches to re-engineering natural enzymes…

BIO 114

Integr Concepts in Biology II

Paradise, 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…