Wake Forest University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



1834 Wake Forest Road

Reynolda Hall

Winston-Salem, NC 27106

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Biology Department offers programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees.  We have 22 graduate faculty that represent the breadth of  the biological sciences. The program is distinguished from other programs by the faculty's commitment to individualized instruction. We maintain a low student:faculty ratio (~2:1), and we actively mentor students through their graduate training. Our graduate curriculum is organized into four research focal groups: Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Systemtics, Comparative Physiology and Behavior, and Integrative Plant Biology.

The most important component of graduate education is the research experience. Our goal is to ensure that students will learn to perform cutting edge biological research. Within the first semester of entering the program, students choose a research advisor  from our faculty. Students then work closely with their advisors as they perform their thesis research. The department provides funds that support graduate student research and allow students to attend scientific meetings to present their results. We also provide a weekly seminar program for faculty and graduate students.   In this forum, speakers from both within and without the Wake Forest Biology community present their research results. One of our truly special features is the Graduate Tutorial Program. Each year three international leaders in biology visit us, usually for a week, for intensive tutoring of our  graduate students. Tutorials generally include lectures, discussions, and laboratory exercises, and provide the opportunities for students to gain deep insights into the tutor’s approach to research. During their graduate careers, our students have the opportunity to know and interact with many


Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada Commission on Accreditation

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999