• Dorcas with Python

    Students in the Herpetology Lab have the opportunity to develop research projects based on their interests and take the primary role in all aspects of their research.

  • Geonomics Lab

    Biology facilities include well-equipped teaching and research laboratories.

  • Biology Field Trip to Rocky River

    The Biology Department is dedicated to giving our students research opportunities in the laboratory and in the field.



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Biology Major

The Biology Department is committed to giving our students everything they need to be successful graduate school, professional school, and career candidates. As a biology major, you will have a faculty advisor in the department to help you select the courses you will need to meet your goals for the future. Additional academic and administrative is also available in the Biology Department Handbook.

Biology 111 and 112 or 113 and 114 serve as the entry courses to the major. 200 and 300-level biology courses give students access to a broad range of biological knowledge and technical skills. Stressing problem-solving and critical thinking, these courses are appropriate for any student who has completed the prerequisites, but they are not limited to biology majors. Topical, discussion-based seminar courses (260s and 360-367) and research courses (250s, 350s, and 370s) often require permission to register.

Major Requirements

The biology major requires 11 courses, including three introductory courses (Chemistry 115 and Biology 111 and 112 or Biology 113 and 114 plus eight advanced biology courses numbered 200 or above.

Of the eight biology courses numbered 200 or above, at least three advanced laboratory courses must be completed from the following list with at least one from each of the two groups: Group A (201, 202, 208, 303, 306, 307, and 333); Group B (212, 216, 222, 241, 305, 311, 317, 321, 323, and 331).

Seven of the 11 courses required for the biology major must be Davidson courses taught by Davidson College faculty members.

Recommended Courses

Chemistry 201/202; Mathematics 111(or 112)/113/160; 111(or 112)/110; or 112/140; and Physics 120/220 or 130/230 are strongly recommended for biology majors.

Most medical and veterinary schools require four chemistry, two physics, and two math courses. Most biology graduate programs strongly recommend two organic chemistry, two physics, and two math courses.


Pre-medical and pre-dental students should take the following courses: Biology 111 and 112; Chemistry 115, 201, 202, and 215; Physics 120 and 220 or 130 and 230. Some medical schools have a mathematics requirement and additional required and recommended courses.

Pre-medical and pre-dental students, as well as students seeking a career in other health professions such as nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, etc., should consult with the Premedical Director, Prof. Jeremiah Putnam, when choosing basic science classes. While many undergraduate institutions begin offering pre-med advising only in the junior year, Professor Putnam likes to meet pre-med students during their first semester to create individually tailored strategies to help them meet premedical requirements and become competitive medical school applicants

Pre-veterinary students should consult with Prof. Pamela Hay for advice on course selection.