Genetics and Biotechnology
MS
Application Deadlines
Fall:February 1
Winter:February 1
Spring:February 1
Summer:February 1
Contact Information: 
4112 LSB
801-422-9389
pws-grad-secretary@byu.edu
Program Requirements: 

Genetics is the study of inheritance. Biotechnology is the application of modern DNA marker, isolation, and transfer technologies toward improving plant and animal agricultural productivity, environmental remediation, and the treatment of disease. These branches of biology have risen to prominence during the course of the past fifteen years and are widely recognized for their potential impact upon society in the twenty-first century. Employment opportunities in industry and academia are especially plentiful for graduates with advanced degrees in genetics and biotechnology.  All emphases require original research topics with the results presented in thesis format.  This research is expected to be of a publication quality and thesis style best reflecting that of a professional journal, thus facilitating timely submissions for publication.  We also encourage formal presentations at professional meetings.

  • Credit hours: (30): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (PWS 699R).
  • Undergraduate hours: no more than 10 semester hours may be applied toward master’s degree.
  • Thesis: completion of the thesis in scientific journal format and prepared for journal submission.
  • Required courses: PWS 586, 673R and 670, plus two semesters of 694R.
  • Biannual progress reviews by advisory committee and graduate committee.
  • Examinations: final oral defense of thesis.
  • Minor: not required; students who do desire a minor may choose from botany, chemistry, computer science, food science, geology, geography, mathematics, microbiology, physics, statistics, range science, or zoology.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE

TOEFL or IELTS (International applicants)

Additional Requirements

Baccalaureate degree in Biology, Horticulture, or related field

Program Outcomes: 


Genetics and Biotechnology Fundamentals

Explain and justify the use of advanced techniques in molecular genetics, genomics, and biotechnology, and to interpret the results of such analyses. Example techniques include genome sequencing and assembly, genotyping, and comparative genomics.

Technical and Laboratory Skills

Utilize technical skills acquired through lab experience and apply these skills in formulating solutions to life science questions.

Effective Communication

Communicate proficiently through oral and written scientific media.

Human Stewardship, Sustainability, and Christlike Service

Identify specific ways training in applied genetics and biotechnology can address issues of earthly stewardship and sustainability, and demonstrate a strong desire to help Mankind in a Christlike way.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 10
International 0
Female 3
LDS 10
Minority 0
BYU Undergraduate 6
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 315.8
GRE Quantitative Score 157.6
GRE Quantitative Percentile 68.9
GRE Verbal Score 158.2
GRE Verbal Percentile 76.6
GRE Analytical Score 4.1
GRE Analytical Percentile 59.6
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.0
Graduated Per Year 2.5
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 6.0
Admitted Per Year 3.0
Percent Admitted 50.00
Average GPA 3.48