Requires at least 34 hours in the department.
|Required Major Courses|
and Biology I Lab
and Biology II Lab
|Select at least three 300-level four-hour Biology courses||12|
|BIO 390||Mentored Research||2|
|or BIO 391||Independent Research|
|Additional hours in Biology beyond BIO 201||12|
|College Chemistry I|
and College Chemistry I Lab
|STA 111||Elementary Probability and Statistics *||4|
|Choose three of the following **||12|
STA 111 is recommended, but this co-requirement may also be fulfilled by one of the following: ANT 380, HES 262, PSY 311, SOC 271, or STA 112. BIO 380 may be used to fill this requirement, but in that case cannot be counted toward the major requirement as hours in biology. Similarly STA 112 may be used to fill this requirement but in that case cannot be counted towards the major requirement as an "other" co-requisite course.
Note that co-requirements cannot be satisfied with courses that are cross-listed between Biology and another department or between Biology and the BMB major. These courses may not also be used to satisfy divisional requirements. Co-required courses may be used to satisfy a minor in another department or interdisciplinary program but cannot be counted toward a second major. Note that some of the courses listed may have non-BIO prerequisites.
|Any CHM course at the 100-, 200-, or 300-level except CHM 108, 301, 302, 381, 390, 391, 392, or CHM 395|
|CSC 111||Introduction to Computer Science||4|
|CSC 112||Fundamentals of Computer Science||4|
|CSC 201||Data Structures and Algorithms||3|
|CSC 221||Data Structures and Algorithms I||3|
|MST 111||Calculus with Analytic Geometry I||4|
|MST 112||Calculus with Analytic Geometry II||4|
|MST 113||Multivariable Calculus||4|
|MST 117||Discrete Mathematics||4|
|PHY 113||General Physics I||4|
|PHY 114||General Physics II||4|
|PHY 123||General Physics I - Studio Format||4|
|PHY 124||General Physics II - Studio Format||4|
|STA 112||Introduction to Regression and Data Science||3|
For the B.S. major, the schedule of biology and related courses is flexible. After completing BIO 150, BIO 150L, BIO 160, and BIO 160L, students should select courses from the 200- and 300-levels in accord with their interests and career goals. It is recommended that all prospective majors take CHM 111 and CHM 111L in the fall of the first year and complete BIO 150 and BIO 150L and STA 111 or an equivalent course during either the fall or spring of the first year. Students taking the B.S. major with an interest in a health profession career are additionally advised to take CHM 122 and CHM 122L in the spring of the first year. These students should select additional co-requirements after consulting with a health professions adviser.
A maximum of four hours of 390-sequence courses (except BIO 399) may be counted as hours in the major, but an additional four hours may be taken and applied toward graduation as elective hours. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in biology courses taken at Wake Forest is required for graduation with a major in biology. The Biology Department may require participation in assessment activities as part of ongoing program evaluation.
Highly qualified majors are invited by the department to apply for admission to the honors program in biology during the Fall Semester of their senior year. To be graduated with the distinction “Honors in Biology,” a graduating student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses and a 3.3 in biology courses. In addition, the student must submit an honors paper describing his or her independent research project, written in the form of a scientific paper, which must be submitted to and approved by an advisory committee. Students are also required to make a short oral presentation to the Biology department at the end of Spring Semester. Specific details regarding the honors program, including selecting an adviser and an advisory committee, deadlines, and writing of the honors thesis, may be obtained from the chair of the departmental Undergraduate Research Committee.