Frequently Asked Questions

  • What WFU programs are housed in Building 60S?

    Concentration in Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery. Leveraging the strength of the Chemistry department’s research program, Wake Forest now offers a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery. With the goal of identifying new therapeutic agents, faculty will engage students in an in-depth study of the connections between chemical structure and biological function. This concentration will attract students in health-related fields, biomedical sciences, and pharmacology. This offering provides a new avenue to earning an American Chemical Society certified B.S. degree.

    B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB). Learn what makes life possible with this interdisciplinary degree offered jointly by the departments of Chemistry and Biology. Understanding growth, development, reproduction and genetics begins with the study of life at the molecular and cellular levels. With a highly-engaged, hands-on approach to learning, faculty and staff will use analytical and quantitative methods in the chemical and physical sciences to learn practical skills for addressing today’s complex, biological, biochemical, and biomedical challenges. Students will partner with faculty mentors for at least two semesters and/or summers of research, culminating in a senior research project. Abundant undergraduate research opportunities are available in WFU labs and labs in the Innovation Quarter.

    B.S. in Engineering. This Bachelor of Science program offers comprehensive and fully-immersed technical training with a firm academic grounding in liberal arts. With Wake Forest’s unsurpassed student-faculty engagement and real-world learning opportunities, the curriculum extends beyond that of a typical undergraduate engineering program. Classes began Fall 2017. 

  • What types of courses are taught in Wake Downtown?

    Classrooms are available for reservation on a single-class or semester-long basis.  Since opening in Spring 2017, a variety of classes were taught across different departments including STEM and laboratory-based courses, Library Science, Humanities, and several other courses – truly exemplifying the liberal arts curriculum of Wake Forest University.

  • Who has access to Wake Downtown?

    When at Wake Downtown, one is required to visibly display their Deacon OneCard in badge holders (available at the Security Desk in the lobby). During business hours (8am-6pm), all visitors are able to enter Wake Downtown through the Main Building Access doors, located at the Vine St. entrance to Wake Downtown and at the track-side entrance to the School of Medicine. Visitors are able to acquire visitor IDs from the security desk. Those with valid Wake Forest University Deacon OneCards are able to enter the building at any time through the Badge Access doors, located at the Vine St. entrance and the track side entrance to Wake Downtown.

  • What dining options are available?

    Food Dollars can be used with certain vendors within the Innovation Quarter, including Medical Grounds in the BGCME  and Chef’s Palate in Biotech Place.  Vending options, including snacks, drinks and coffee, are available on the lower level of Wake Downtown in the Student Commons (room 0904). Additionally, box lunches are available in the Student Commons on weekdays from 11 – 1 for a Pit Swipe.

    There are numerous local options within walking distance, including food trucks at Bailey Park (schedule available here), Alma Mexicana, and Krankies Coffee.

  • What security and safety measures are available at Wake Downtown?

    Wake Forest University Policy Department and SunStates Security (Cushman & Wakefield’s security partners for the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter) work collaboratively to maintain the safety and security of those at Wake Downtown. The security desk is staffed from 7am to 7pm, and there are roaming security personnel beyond the aforementioned hours.

    To contact Security at Wake Downtown, please call (336)-713-1568. This number directly contacts the SunStates Communication Center.

    Wake Forest University students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to download the LiveSafe app, and to sign up for text alerts on WakeAlert. The following links are also useful:

    WFUPD website:

    Community Input Form:

    Ask A Cop:

    Silent Witness:

  • Is there internet access available at Wake Downtown?

    Wake Forest University students, faculty, and staff can choose SSID ‘WFUWireless’ and log on using their WFU username and password. Guests can use password-free SSID ‘IQGuest’ and accept the security agreement.