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The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University is a diverse team of scientists, teachers, graduate students and undergraduates who investigate the processes of life at all levels, from the biosphere to the molecule. We are a full-spectrum biology department, and we value our collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere. The department currently comprises 25 professors, 35 graduate students, and approximately 220 undergraduate Biology majors. Many additional students take our courses! Research is as central to our mission as teaching, with almost all majors joining faculty and graduate students outside of the classroom to study in our laboratories and at our field sites. Much of our research is supported by competitive grants, permitting ambitious approaches that prepare students for careers in research, the health professions, conservation, teaching, public policy, biotech, bioinformatics, and numerous other areas including bio-inspired entrepreneurship.

WFU Biology ranked 5th Nationwide by USA Today for Best Bachelor’s Programs and Ranked 5th for Overall for Biology Major


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PIB 2017 Program Announced

by June 19, 2017
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The 33rd annual Perspectives in Biology Symposium will be hosted by the Department of Biology on November 10-11, 2017. Confirmed speakers are Julia Cooper of the National Cancer Institute, Robert Pringle of Princeton University, and Adam Summers of Friday Harbor Laboratory, University of Washington. Mark your calendars now, and Read more »

Sarkel named Goldwater Scholar

by April 11, 2017
Elizabeth Sarkel

Elizabeth Sarkel, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Columbus, Ohio has been named a 2017 Barry S. Goldwater Scholar for excellence in science. Sarkel was one of 240 students from around the country to earn a Goldwater Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. THE GOLDWATER SCHOLAR Sarkel was Read more »

Anderson quoted by NY Times

by March 21, 2017

Reference: On Galápagos, Revealing the Blue-Footed Booby’s True Colors – By NATALIE ANGIER MARCH 6, 2017, NY Times Science Correspondent WFU Biology Professor and Researcher David J. Anderson was quoted in the New York Times Science edition on his work with the Blue-Footed Booby (albatross).  Dr. Anderson and his undergraduate and Read more »

Sullivan Scholarship

by January 18, 2017

Sullivan Scholarship for Expanding Biological Horizons (Submission Deadline February 17, 2017) As the result of a generous bequest from the late Professor of Biology, Dr. Robert L. Sullivan, the Department of Biology is able to offer the Sullivan Scholarship program.  Undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing biological studies beyond the classroom Read more »

Undergraduate Research Day Highlights WFU Biology Students and Their Mentors

by October 13, 2016
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The 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Day held at Wake Forest on Friday, October 7, 2016, featured so many presentations by Biology majors and other students working on projects in Biology labs that it is hard to be certain that the list is complete! Congratulations to all students who participated in Read more »

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