Cell Biology and Physiology
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Spring:January 15
Summer:January 15
Contact Information: 
4006 LSB
Program Requirements: 

This PhD degree program is a comprehensive academic endeavor in cell biology and physiology.  Although the research project of each PhD student will focus in an area of either cell biology or physiology, all students will be expected to have an understanding of key concepts in both disciplines. The research project will include independent inquiry and in-depth application of the scientific method. Publication of the research in peer-reviewed journals is expected but not required.

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours: 54 hours, including 18 hours of dissertation (CELL 799R).
  • Students who have earned a master’s degree must complete at least 36 semester hours of additional graduate work at BYU beyond the master’s degree.
  • Required courses: Bio 503 (1 hour); CELL 582 and 601 (3 hours each), 694R (4 hours), 696R (4 hours); Stat 511 (3 hours).
  • Research credit (CELL 649R and 799R) may not exceed 27 hours.
  • A seminar must be presented each year (CELL 694R)
  • A professional development requirement must be met (CELL 689R).
  • Dissertation: standard university dissertation format or journal publication format.
  • Examinations: (A) comprehensive written and oral examination; (B) defense of dissertation.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests


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 Outcomes: 

Advanced Physiology and Developmental Biology

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 read current literature in the discipline and make 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.

Grant Writing

Be able to write effective grant proposals.


Be able to teach at the university level.