Minoring in Biology
A minor in biology requires 18 hours of Biology courses. All minors must complete BIO 150, BIO 150L, BIO 160, BIO 160L and at least one 300-level lab or field course (3 h lecture and 1 h lab or 4 h integrated lecture and lab class). No more than 4 hours in the minor can be fulfilled with biology research courses. BIO minors may not count BIO 399 as hours in the minor. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 must be earned on all Wake Forest biology courses taken to complete a minor. The requirements for the minor are those that are in effect at the time of the declaration of the minor, since the curriculum and the departmental requirements may change slightly during the student’s period of residence. A minimum of 8 hours must be taken at Wake Forest.
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.