Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Contact Information: 
4007 LSB
Program Requirements: 

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours (30 hours): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (MMBio 699R).
  • Required courses: Bio 503, MMBio 661, 663, 665, 691R, 692R, 695R, 699R.
  • Electives: 3.0-6.0 coursework elective credits
  • Elective list
    • MMBIO 510 (History and Philosophy of MMBIO)
    • MMBIO 512 (Gene Regulation)
    • MMBIO 514 (Advanced Immunology)
    • MMBIO 516 (Bacteria-Host Interactions)
    • MMBIO 518 (Select Pathogens)
    • MMBIO 520 (Molecular Virology)
    • MMBIO 522 (Flow Cytometry)
    • MMBIO 528R (Current Topics in Pathogenesis)
    • MMBIO 551R (Current Topics in Microbiology and Molecular Biology)
    • MMBIO 667 (Current Topics in Microbiology and Molecular Biology)
  • Semiannual progress reviews.
  • Presentation of research at an annual retreat.
  • Thesis: standard university thesis or a journal publication.
  • Final public seminar on thesis research.
  • Examination: (A) oral examination on course work and (B) oral examination on thesis.  These exams must be scheduled on different days.
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.
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 24
International 3
Female 13
LDS 24
Non-White 4
BYU Undergraduate 19
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 310.0
GRE Quantitative Score 154.2
GRE Quantitative Percentile 57.5
GRE Verbal Score 155.7
GRE Verbal Percentile 67.0
GRE Analytical Score 3.9
GRE Analytical Percentile 54.3
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.2
Graduated Per Year 5.6
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 16.0
Admitted Per Year 12.2
Percent Admitted 76.25
Average GPA 3.47