Genomics and Bioinformatics at Davidson

The mission of the Genomics and Bioinformatics department 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 program will: 1) pursue careers of their choosing that use their interdisciplinary 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.

Genomics Minor

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.

Genomic or Bioinformatics Interdisciplinary Major

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

Courses You Might Take

BIO 208

Cell Biology


Examination of the multitude of coordinated interactions that must occur between sub-cellular compartments for a cell to be able to function and to respond adequately to its local environment. Laboratory focuses on analysis of signaling and response mechanisms used by eukaryotic…

CSC 322

Programming Languages

Principles of programming languages, including lexical and syntactic analysis, semantics, types, functions and parameters, and memory management.  Programming paradigms, drawn from imperative, object-oriented, functional, and logical programming languages.  

Computer Science 221.

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.