The Biology major requires 34 hours of Biology. Students majoring in Biology may elect to earn either a BS or BA degree, which differ only in their co-requirements. A minimum overall grade average of 2.0 must be earned on all Wake Forest Biology courses taken to complete a major.
The requirements for the Biology major (BA or BS) are those in effect when the student declares Biology as their major. Any changes that are made to the requirements after a student has declared the major do not apply to that student. Students generally declare in the spring semester of their sophomore year.
|All Biology majors are required to take:|
|Four core courses, usually within the first 4 or 5 semesters|
|BIO 113 Evolutionary and Ecological Biology (4 hours)||BIO 114 Comparative Physiology (4 hours)|
|BIO 213 Genetics and Molecular Biology (4 hours)||BIO 214 Cellular Biology (4 hours)|
|Note: It is STRONGLY recommended that you take Biology 113 and Biology 114 first. The sequence in which you take these courses makes no difference. Biology 213 and Biology 214 likewise can be taken in either sequence, but should be taken after Biology 113 and Biology 114. All of the core courses are offered every semester and occasionally during a summer session.|
|Two 300-level courses with lab (4 hours each, 8 hours total)|
|Additional 200- or 300-level courses for a total of 34 hours in Biology|
|CHM 111 & 111L College Chemistry (4 h)|
|CHM 122 & 122L Organic Chemistry I (4 h) OR CHM 123 & 123L: Honors Organic Chemistry I (4 h)|
|One additional 200- or 300-level course in math, physics, or chemistry|
|Bachelor of Science specific requirements|
|BIO 390 (2 h) or 391 (2 h) or another advisor-approved research experience|
|CHM 223 & 223L Organic Chemistry II (4 h)|
|PHY 113 General Physics I (4 h)||PHY 114 General Physics II (4 h)|
|BS requirements (pdf)||BA requirements (pdf)|
No more than two online courses will be accepted for credit towards the Biology major. No online course credit will be accepted for laboratory courses. Credit for online courses will only be given for courses taken at institutions from which we normally accept transfer credits. These institutions must be accredited by one the six regional accreditation agencies: The Middle States Association of College and Schools, The New England Association of Schools & Colleges, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Western Association of Colleges and Schools.
Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses
In exceptional circumstances, undergraduate students may enroll in Wake Forest graduate-level courses; these are 600- and 700-level courses. Such students must have junior or senior status and must obtain written permission from the course instructor, the student’s advisor, and the Associate Dean for Academic Advising. Many 600-level courses have an equivalent 300-level course. Typically, undergraduate students will not be allowed to receive 600-level (graduate) credit if an equivalent 300-level (undergraduate) class is available. Undergraduate students who wish to take a 300/600-designated course and receive graduate level credit must follow the procedure described above. Instructors in 600-level or 700-level classes have no obligation to admit undergraduate students to their courses and do so at their own discretion.
Divisionals and Courses for Non-majors
Courses such as BIO 111, Principles of Biology, BIO 101, Biology and the Human Condition, and BIO 105, Plants and People are introductory courses for non-majors and satisfy divisional requirements. These courses do not count as credit towards the major or minor in biology
While BIO 111 is not currently taught on our campus, a prospective student who earns a 4 or 5 on the AP exam will receive elective credit towards graduation for BIO 111.
Our core courses are at the 100 and 200 levels, and are intended not only for those students that major or minor in Biology, but also for those preparing for health professions careers. Level 100 core courses can also satisfy Division V course requirements.