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Biomedical Sciences & Engineering at Wake Forest

Our biomedical sciences and engineering programs are designed specifically to bridge the graduate and undergraduate world in ways that catalyze groundbreaking theory and application. So roll up your sleeves and bring your dreams. Progress is yours for the making.

In 2017, newly approved courses of study in Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery anchored the University’s undergraduate presence at Wake Downtown located in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. These programs, along with other planned academic, community, and social opportunities, call a rehabilitated R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company 60 series building home and is adjacent to the new space for the medical education programs of Wake Forest School of Medicine.


B.S. in Engineering

Wake Forest engineering students will exemplify the term ‘well-rounded,’ bringing to their subsequent careers or graduate studies a focus on applying engineering science, design and analysis to complex issues. The engineering major offers optional biomedical and materials engineering emphases in a liberal arts environment of entrepreneurial and critical thinking.  

Concentration in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

Building upon existing strengths and research interests of faculty and students, the establishment of a medicinal chemistry concentration within the Department of Chemistry offers a distinctive, high-quality educational experience at Wake Forest. The concentration provides a new path to an American Chemical Society certified B.S. degree that will increasingly attract students interested in health-related fields, biomedical sciences and pharmacology.

B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Jointly administered by the Chemistry and Biology departments, this interdisciplinary degree enables students to develop a conceptual understanding of and build practical skills to address increasingly complex biological, biochemical and biomedical challenges. Students preparing for research or pre-health careers will develop greater insight into the experimental approaches and results that lead to the current understanding of biomolecular function. Abundant undergraduate research opportunities are available for students in WFU labs and those of several medical school departments already in the Innovation Quarter.

What’s Going on in Innovation Quarter?

Wake Forest School of Medicine moved several basic science departments to Biotech Place in 2012.
Inmar is a commercial technology and data analytics company who in 2014 established their global headquarters at 635 Vine St.
525@Vine (opened in 2014) is a multipurpose building that houses three School of Medicine departments/degree programs (Public Health Sciences, Nurse Anesthetist, and Physician’s Assistant), Flywheel (office and meeting space for freelancers and startup companies), Forsyth Technical & Community College, and a small YMCA facility, among others.
Bailey Park has become a city-wide destination for summer concerts, movie nights, outdoor yoga, running and bicycling races, and many other events.
Renovation of Bailey Power Plant will begin in coming months; this downtown landmark will house retail, dining, and entertainment venues.

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