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 in the U.S. “for Biology General – Overall Best” and 8th in the U.S. “for a Major in Biology”

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Biology Students Take Honors at NCAS

by April 5, 2015
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The 112th annual meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science took place on March 27-28, 2015, at Wake Forest Biotech Place in downtown Winston-Salem. Participation in North Carolina Academy of Science events is a long-standing tradition in the Wake Forest Department of Biology. This year no fewer than Read more »

Dining Dilemmas

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Dining Dilemmas is the name Professors Pat Lord (Biology) and Ana Iltis (Philosophy) give to a collaboration between Pre-Health Advising and the WFU Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society. Once a semester, undergraduates join with other students and faculty to discuss thorny issues related to medical ethics over dinner. Read more »

Biology Students Give Talks at SAHRC 2015

by March 22, 2015
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Three students presented talks on research conducted at Wake Forest University Department of Biology at the 11th annual meeting of the Southern Appalachian Honeybee Research Consortium (SAHRC) held on Saturday, March 21, 2014 at the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. The students are all participants in Read more »

Biology Majors Nominated for Membership in Phi Beta Kappa, 2015

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The Delta of North Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has announced its 2015 list of seniors and juniors nominated for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the American honorary academic society founded in 1776. Many biology majors are on the list. All deserve your warmest congratulations. Note that membership Read more »

Pool Quiz!

by March 14, 2015
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Did you ever take a quiz under water? Wearing a snorkel? The undergraduates enrolled in the Spring 2015 version of BIO 311/312, Ecology and Conservation Biology of Coral Reefs spent their spring break working with faculty at Lighthouse Reef Atoll in Belize, but before they left Biology graduate teaching assistant Benjamin Read more »