The Genomics Interdisciplinary Minor at Davidson

The mission of the Genomics minor is to expand students understanding of biology to incorporate bioinformatic and genomic methods for asking questions, collecting data, and solving problems.

Students who participate in the Genomics program will: 1) pursue careers of their choosing that use their interdisciplinary genomics training; 2) analyze complex datasets to discern patterns and detect connections between seemingly unrelated biological events; and 3) communicate complex, data-rich information clearly and concisely.

The genomics interdisciplinary minor fulfills National Research Council recommendations to provide undergraduates with a strong foundation in biological, mathematical, physical and information sciences. The diverse academic background provided by this interdisciplinary minor in the context of a liberal arts education will help prepare students of all majors for exciting fields such as drug discovery, pharmaceutical industry, biomedical sciences, patent law, and ethics.

You may also apply for a genomics or bioinformatics major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Courses You Might Take

CHE 230

Intro to Biological Chemistry


Introduction to the chemistry of biological systems. Includes the study of amino acids and proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates, enzymes and enzyme mechanisms, and the chemistry of important metabolic pathways and regulatory mechanisms.

Satisfies the Natural Science requirement.

BIO 202



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 on…

PSY 302

Psy Res:Behavior Pharmacology


Students conduct experiments on the effects of drugs on human and animal behavior. Scientific writing is a strong focus in this course, with students writing research reports on each experiment. Students are required to propose a novel line…