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Cell Biology and Physiology

Application Deadline

  • Fall: Feb 15
  • Spring: Feb 15
  • Summer: Feb 15
  • Contact Information

    4006 LSB
    Admission Requirements
    Required Tests

    GRE not required, but is highly recommended.

    Additional Requirements

    Resume required

    Document summarizing interest level, likely fit, and desire to conduct graduate research with at least 5 specific faculty members in the program.
    Program Requirements
    This MS degree program provides students with a sound understanding of current concepts in cell biology and physiology. The thesis research project teaches the fundamentals of scientific inquiry and trains the student in state-of-the-art research techniques. Submission of the thesis to a peer-reviewed journal is highly encouraged but not required.

    Requirements for Degree

    • Credit hours (33): including 4 hours of lab research/rotation (Cell 649R) and 6 hours of thesis (CELL 699R).
    • Required courses: CELL 660 (3 hr); CELL 662 (3 hr) CELL 570 (1 hr), PWS 633 (3 hr; or Stat 511), CELL 610 (1 hr), CELL 692R (2 hr), CELL 694R (2 hr), CELL 696R (2 hr).
    • A Seminar must be presented each year (CELL 694R)
    • Thesis: standard university thesis format or journal publication format.
    • Examinations:  oral defense of thesis.
    Program Outcomes
    Advanced Cell Biology and Physiology
    Students will describe the current state of the discipline in their area of specialization as well as foundational theories, concepts and practices of the field. Students will add new knowledge to their field through designing and conducting experimental procedures, analyzing the collected data, and determining how the new knowledge fits in with current understanding.

    Critical Literature Analysis and Effective Communication
    Critically evaluate current literature in the discipline and generate effective oral and written presentations.

    Research Design and Experience
    Successfully apply the scientific method by generating a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis through personal research that includes appropriate controls, and formulating defensible conclusions.

    Independent Work and Thought
    Work independently and think for oneself.

    Program Stats
    Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
    BYU Undergraduate 6.0
    Five Year Average of Graduated Students
    Average Years to Degree 1.89
    Graduated Per Year 18.6
    GMAT Quantitative Percentile 67.5
    Five Year Average of Admitted Students
    Applied Per Year 2.0
    Admitted Per Year 1.6
    Percent Admitted 80.0
    Average GPA 2.96