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Wake Forest Physics
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internationally respected for research advances;
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Undergraduate Application

WFU Admissions

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The Wake Forest Physics Department offers an outstanding educational program for the undergraduate student, with the option to pursue either the BS or the BA degree. The program is designed to give the student a broad understanding of physics, with the opportunity to pursue research at the forefront of biophysics, nanotechnology and molecular motors, condensed matter physics, gravitation and particle, and optical and laser physics. Opportunities in experimental, computational, and theoretical physics are found in each of these subject areas. The Department thus provides the unique mix of research opportunities similar to those found at large research universities with the atmosphere of a small liberal arts university. Graduates from the Wake Forest Physics Department hold rewarding positions at colleges, universities, industry and government laboratories, and not-for-profit institutes.

AP and IB Physics Credit

Advanced Placement - credit granted according to the following schedule:

  • Physics 1, AP Score: 4 or 5, WFU credit hours: 4, Course: PHY 111
  • Physics 2, AP Score: 4 or 5, WFU credit hours: 4, Course: PHY 110
  • Physics C - Mechanics, AP Score: 4 or 5, WFU credit hours: 4, Course: PHY 113
  • Physics C - Electricity & Mag, AP Score: 4 or 5, WFU credit hours: 4, Course: PHY 114

International Baccalaureate - credit given for a score of 6 or 7 on Higher Level. Student will receive 4 credit hours (Wake Forest course - PHY 111).

British A-levels - credit given for a score of B or higher. Student will receive 4 credit hours (Wake Forest course - PHY 111).

Table Summary of Credit for College-Level Achievement Tests
Test AP Score
Credit Hours
Credited on
Course to
Register for at
AP Physics 1 4 or 5 4 PHY 111 PHY 114
AP Physics 2 4 or 5 4 PHY 110 PHY 114
AP Physics C - Mechanics 4 or 5 4 PHY 113 PHY 114
AP Physics C - Electricity & Mag 4 or 5 4 PHY 114 PHY 113 or 215*
International Baccalaureate
(High Level Only)
6 or 7 4 PHY 111 PHY 114
British A-levels B or higher 4 PHY 111 PHY 114

*If the student has credit for both PHY 111/113 AND 114, then they should register for PHY 215.

Wake Forest divisional credit is not given for any AP, IB, or A-level exams.
Note that credit will not be given for both PHY 111 and PHY 113. If a student with PHY 111 credit takes PHY 114 and successfully completes it here at Wake Forest with a grade of C or better, we will then change PHY 111 credit to PHY 113 credit. This is needed in some cases for our premed students, and is helpful for our majors.

The complete listing of AP credit and IB credit that is available at Wake Forest in all disciplines can be found at the following link for the Registrars' Office:

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100 Olin Physical Laboratory
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7507
Phone: (336) 758-5337, FAX: (336) 758-6142