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Genetics & Biotechnology

Application Deadline

  • Fall: Feb 1
  • Winter: Feb 1
  • Contact Information

    4112 LSB
    Admission Requirements
    Required Tests
    GRE - (total score of 300 required with a minimum of a “4” on the writing portion)
    TOEFL or IELTS (International applicants)

    Additional Requirements
    • Baccalaureate degree in the life sciences
    • 3.2 GPA or higher
    • Resume
    • Statement of Intent
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Ecclesiastical Endorsement
    • A funded project: No graduate candidate will be accepted unless he or she has a departmental faculty member willing to serve as a major advisor on a funded project
    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 9 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 586673R and 670672, plus two semesters of 694R.
    • Biannual progress reviews by advisory committee and graduate committee.
    • Presentation of research prospectus to advisory committee
    • Examinations: final oral defense of thesis.
    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 8.0
    Male 6.0
    Female 2.0
    LDS 8.0
    BYU Undergraduate 4.0
    Five Year Average of Graduated Students
    Average Years to Degree 1.89
    Graduated Per Year 18.2
    GMAT Quantitative Percentile 67.5
    Five Year Average of Admitted Students
    Applied Per Year 3.4
    Admitted Per Year 2.4
    Percent Admitted 70.59
    Average GPA 3.42