Application Deadlines
Fall:January 5
Contact Information: 
C-100 BNSN, Provo, UT 84602-5700
(801) 422-9794
Program Requirements: 

The Biochemistry MS degree provides specialized study on an advanced level. The degree includes about one year of course work beyond the BS degree and a thesis based upon a significant research project. The research will be in areas of biochemical and molecular biological emphasis, such as host pathogen interactions, bioprobes and sensors, signal transduction, or protein structure and function. The added preparation in theory and practice allows the MS biochemist to assume responsibility and supervision beyond that normally given a BS or BA biochemist. The MS degree is adequate preparation for some industry and junior college teaching positions. It is generally not a prerequisite for a PhD degree program.  

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours (30): 24 hours of course work and research plus 6 thesis hours (Chem 699R).
  • Required courses: Chem 694 and 594R (multiple semesters); 601 and other courses as specified by committee.
  • Semi-annual progress review, examinations, and presentations.
  • Thesis.
  • Final oral examination consisting of two parts: (A) public presentation of original research described in thesis; (B) comprehensive examination on course work, research, and thesis.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE general test is recommended; GRE required for fellowship consideration, GRE subject test in Biochemistry or Chemistry is recommended.

Additional Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent preparation in biochemistry
  • Resume

Fellowship consideration deadline:  January 5

Program Outcomes: 

Productive and Ethical Contributors

Graduates of this program will demonstrate the necessary skills to become productive and ethical contributors to scientific research. They will be prepared to further their educations through additional graduate training, enter industry, and/or begin an academic career. This broad outcome is further elaborated in outcomes 2-5.

Critical Evaluation of Current Research

Program graduates will understand and critically evaluate current research in biochemistry. Coursework that builds upon the students' undergraduate education will provide the initial steps to achieve this outcome. Continued critical reading of current literature is essential for reaching this outcome.

Proficiency in Laboratory Techniques

Program graduates will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory techniques necessary to contribute to knowledge in biochemistry.

Effective Writing, Communication and Presentation

Program graduates will learn to effectively write scientific manuscripts describing their research and to make oral presentations of their research at scientific meetings.

Research Skills

Program graduates will demonstrate the ability to conduct research that contributes in a meaningful way to current knowledge in their chosen subdiscipline of chemistry or related areas.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 3
International 1
Female 1
Non-White 1
BYU Undergraduate 2
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 322.8
GRE Quantitative Score 162.5
GRE Quantitative Percentile 82.8
GRE Verbal Score 160.3
GRE Verbal Percentile 83.5
GRE Analytical Score 4.1
GRE Analytical Percentile 60.3
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.5
Graduated Per Year 2.7
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 4.8
Admitted Per Year 2.3
Percent Admitted 48.61
Average GPA 3.67