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Brigham Young University- Admissions, Courses, Fees, and More
Basic Information:
Brigham Young University seeks to develop students of faith, intellect and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives. Established in 1875, the university provides an outstanding education in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Undergraduate Programs:
The Biology major major provides students with current understanding of the full breadth of biology. The course of study is comprehensive and integrates knowledge across molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological levels of organization. Students that earn this degree come to understand the biological world in its broadest sense. This degree focuses on understanding the diversity of life, emphasizing whole organism biology in ecological and evolutionary contexts.

The Bioinformatics undergraduate major at Brigham Young University is an interdisciplinary program offering substantial training in both the biological sciences and the physical and mathematical sciences; our program emphasizes the integration of computer science with genetics and molecular biology. A foundation in mathematics and statistics provides the basis for acquiring computer programming, data basing, and operating system skills. Students attracted to this program have dual interests in computer science and biology and find it an excellent choice for their broad interests. Students who complete this program either enter the top graduate programs in bioinformatics and computational biology in the world, enter leading professional schools (including law school, medical school, or dental school), or find employment in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or software development companies.

A major in microbiology offers preparation for continued education or for immediate employment. Microbiology is the preferred degree for students who desire an advanced degree (MS or PhD) in microbiology, virology, immunology, parasitology or cell biology. It is also a helpful degree for students who are planning to attend medical or dental school, because of the breadth of the exposure of medical relevance. Graduates are qualified to enter the workforce with government agencies, institutes, or industry (biotech, cosmetic, food and water protection, health care, hospital, or pharmaceutical, etc.).

The Molecular Biology major includes core classes in chemistry, biology, and molecular biology as well as classes in physics and math. Lab research experience is an especially beneficial element of the program. This experience can also open opportunities to present papers and contribute to publications. Elective courses include topics in plant genetics and breeding, biochemistry, nutritional science, microbiology and human biology.

The College of Life Sciences at Brigham Young University offers an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience. The Neuroscience programs at Brigham Young University provide excellent interdisciplinary training in the classroom as well as experience in laboratory research settings for both graduate and undergraduate students. The Neuroscience Center at BYU was established in the Summer of 1999. While it was once necessary for students to apply to become a neuroscience major, that is no longer the case. Now, students interested in studying neuroscience simply need to go to the Life Sciences Advisement Center to meet with an adviser and declare a neuroscience major.

Undergraduate tuition: $2425/semester for members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints; $4850/semester for non-members. Financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. Students should complete the FAFSA to be eligible for financial aid.

Graduate Programs:
The primary goal of the doctoral program in the Biology Department is to provide advanced training in ecology and evolutionary biology, and experience in biology teaching. The program features an exciting range of subdisciplines, including evolutionary ecology, bioinformatics, systematics and phylogenetics, population, community, and ecosystem biology, and conservation. original research and teaching are emphasized to prepare students for careers in academics, and leadership positions in government or industrial settings. Faculty members do research in a variety of freshwater, marine, and terrestrial environments on several continents across a broad spectrum of taxa (vascular plants, nematodes, crustaceans, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals). Doctoral research frequently combines field work with computational and laboratory work. The program is enhanced by excellent on-campus resources including: a natural history museum with extensive collections, state-of-the-art gene sequencing facilities, a controlled-environment laboratory facility, electron microscopy, herbarium, and greenhouse. The program provides a scholarly setting designed to fit the individual goals of students.

Rapid advances in molecular research techniques and new ways of thinking about biological networks and interactions have made this an exciting time to work in the biomedical sciences. The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology (MMBIO) represents the best BYU has to offer in the way of advanced classroom instruction and cutting-edge research. MMBIO faculty members come from excellent and diverse training backgrounds, with research emphases ranging from host-microbe interactions and pathogen detection, to DNA packaging and metabolic sensing. MMBIO graduate students have remarkable opportunities to learn current research methods and drive the discovery process.

Course work and research that emphasize the integration of molecular biology, developmental biology, biophysics, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology, cognition, and behavioral neuroscience is offered through this PhD degree program. Students are required to develop a strong background in the principles of neuroscience and develop the intellectual background and technical expertise necessary for successful research projects in their area of specialization. Eventual publication of the research in peer-reviewed journals is expected but not required. A sound understanding of current concepts in neuroscience is the purpose of the MS degree program. The thesis research project teaches the fundamentals of scientific inquiry and trains students in state-of-the-art research techniques. Submission of the thesis to a peer-reviewed journal is encouraged but not required.
Graduate programs in the department of Physiology and Developmental Biology offer research training and classroom instruction in a wide range of areas pertaining to these disciplines. A biophysics research group is also part of the department. Areas of research include neuroendocrinology and reproduction, endocrine and immune interactions, development of the central nervous system, hereditary connective tissue disorders, mouse and chick models of development, exercise physiology and glucose metabolism, membrane transport and channel structure, synaptic vesicle recycling, and blood pressure control by the autonomic nervous system.

Admission to graduate programs at BYU requires a bachelor’s degree, GRE scores, statement of intent, and letters of recommendation.

Graduate tuition: $3065/semester for members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints; $6130/semester for non-members. PhD students are eligible for assistance in the form of teaching and research assistantships, as well as tuition and health care reimbursement. All students are eligible for scholarships and loans.

Applied 11,238
Admitted 7,055 63%
Enrolled total 5,624
Full Time: 5,545
Part Time 79

Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Reading 570 680
SAT Math 580 680
SAT Writing 540 650
ACT Composite 26 30
ACT English 26 32
ACT Math 25 31
ACT Writing 0 0

Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 87%
4-year graduation rate 30%
6-year graduation rate 77%

Undergraduate Programs and Majors:
Bioinformatics (BS)
Biological Science Education (BS)
Biology (BS)
Conservation Biology (BS)
Microbiology (BS)
Molecular Biology (BS)
Neuroscience (BS)
Physiology and Developmental Biology (BS)

Graduate Programs:
Biological Science Education (MS)
Biology (MS/PhD)
Microbiology (MS/PhD)
Molecular biology (MS/PhD)
Neuroscience (MS/PhD)
Physiology and Developmental Biology (MS/PhD)

Application Deadlines:
Undergraduate: December 1st, early admission; February 1st, regular admission. Applications can be completed online at:
Graduate: December 15th for early consideration; all applications are due by February 15th. Applications can be completed online at:
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