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Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Application Deadline

  • Fall: Jan 15
  • Contact Information

    4007 LSB
    (801) 422-4293
    Admission Requirements

    1. Statement of intent explicitly stating field of interest and career goals
    2. Baccalaureate degree or equivalent in microbiology or biological or biochemical science
    3. Classes in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics are recommended.
    4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    5. Cover Letter
    6. Copies of Publications
    7. List of Presentations
    8. Foreign credential evaluation for international students
    Program Requirements
    Requirements for Degree
    • Credit hours (30 hours): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (MMBio 699R).
    • Required courses: Bio 503, Cell 570, MMBio 660,  661663665691R692R695R699R.
    • Electives: Complete 1-4 credits, as approved by committee
    • Elective list
      • MMBIO 503 (Research Orientation)
      • MMBIO 510 (History and Philosophy of MMBIO)
      • MMBIO 518 (Select Pathogens)
      • MMBIO 522 (Flow Cytometry)
      • MMBIO 528 (Scientific Literacy)
      • MMBIO 551R (Current Topics in Microbiology and Molecular Biology)
      • MMBIO 667 (Current Topics in Microbiology and Molecular Biology)
    • Semiannual progress reviews.
    • Presentation of research 1-2 times per year during Research in Progress
    • Thesis: standard university thesis.
    • Final public defense on thesis research.
    • Examination: (A) oral examination on course work and (B) oral examination on thesis.  These exams must be scheduled on different days.
    Program Outcomes
    Experimental Design and Data Analysis
    Design, execute, analyze, and interpret microbiology or molecular biology experiments at a graduate level.

    Critical Reading and Evaluation
    Critically read, understand, and evaluate current literature in the discipline.

    Mastery of relevant wet bench and/or computational methods
    Demonstrate proficiency with techniques relevant to microbiology and molecular biology. Specifically, all graduates will demonstrate understanding of the techniques relating to gene amplification, gene modification, protein analysis, and genomic studies such as genome sequencing or transcriptome analysis.

    Effective oral and written communication of scientific ideas
    Effective oral and written communication of scientific ideas and research.


    Program Stats
    Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
    Total Students 22.0
    International 3.0
    Male 10.0
    Female 12.0
    LDS 21.0
    BYU Undergraduate 13.0
    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 12.4
    Admitted Per Year 7.4
    Percent Admitted 59.68
    Average GPA 3.47