Brigham Young University Homepage

Undergraduate Catalog

2012 - 2013

Undergraduate Education

302 MSRB
(801) 422-3037

Dean: John D. Bell, Professor, Physiology and Developmental Biology
Associate Dean: Deborah Dean, Professor, English
Associate Dean: Paul Kerry, Associate Professor, History
Associate Dean: Joseph Parry; Professor; Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature
Assistant Dean: Heather Hammond
Assistant Dean: Carolyn Tuitupou

The Office of Undergraduate Education supervises and fosters essential university-wide elements of the baccalaureate: General Education, Honors Program, First-Year Experience, and Freshman Mentoring. These interrelated programs together promote and champion teaching and learning within an integrated university education. They aim to enrich the educational experience and to benefit the life of each undergraduate student.

General Education

350 MSRB
(801) 422-3036

The General Education (GE) components of the University Core are overseen by the Dean of Undergraduate Education and the administrative assistant for General Education. The Faculty General Education Council (FGEC), consisting of faculty members from a variety of disciplines and chaired by the dean, regularly reviews general education courses and has final authority to decide which courses meet GE requirements. From time to time the dean and the administration initiates a broad-based, systematic evaluation of the GE program that may result in recommendations for changes.

GE requirements are set forth in the University Core section of this catalog. Beyond this and the more detailed listing in the current class schedule, the recommended source of information and advice about GE requirements is the individual college advisement center. The college advisement centers, together with the University Advisement Center (2500 WSC), provide assistance with registration, graduation requirements, policies and procedures, fields of study, changes of major, appeals, and many other aspects of academic life. The General Education Office (350 MSRB) regularly consults with each advisement center on issues related to GE.

General Education promotes the university forum assemblies, which are designed to complement specific GE components of the University Core or the idea of liberal education itself. A forum speaker may be nominated by any member of the university community (student, faculty, or staff). Nomination forms, as well as information on previous speakers, may be found on the University Forums website.

In an ongoing effort to strengthen the GE offerings in the University Core, General Education is engaged in faculty development projects and provides grants for course development and enhancement. It also oversees faculty teaching awards for excellence in general education (including honors GE courses): the Alcuin Fellowships and the General Education Professorships. General education courses are taught by faculty from throughout the university, and General Education works closely with the colleges in a collaborative effort to foster a strong and engaging GE offering within the University Core.

Honors Program

(801) 422-5497

The Honors Program, open to all BYU students following a brief orientation, complements the university's expansive educational agenda by providing the benefits of a small liberal arts learning community. These benefits include participating in small classes with high-quality teaching and learning that challenge students to reach their highest potential; fostering a spirit of ongoing inquiry that includes undergraduate research in a mentored environment; and underscoring the importance of combining personal excellence, faithful discipleship, and meaningful service. See the Honors Program section of this catalog for details concerning the program's requirements, offerings, benefits, administration, extra-curricular opportunities, and student-operated advisement center.

First-Year Experience

2006 JKB
(801) 422-4243

The Office of First-Year Experience (FYE) facilitates new students' transition to university life. This includes helping new students 1) make connections with peers and university personnel, 2) become acquainted with campus resources, and 3) improve their sense of purpose and motivation by increasing their understanding of BYU's unique mission and history. These efforts span the time between students' admission notification through the end of their first year on campus. Some of the FYE activities that help students transition to university life include Jumpstart (course registration orientation), New Student Orientation, First-Year Reading program, Freshman Seminar (UNIV 101), and the First-Year Arts Card program.

Course (Univ)

UNIV 101 : Freshman Seminar. (.5-2:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
DESCRIPTION: Aims of a BYU education in a disciplinary context. Topics vary by section and semester.

Course Outcomes

Freshman Mentoring

2014 JKB
(801) 422-8176 or 1-877-890-5451

The Freshman Mentoring program is grounded in the educational philosophy of Karl Maeser, who believed that students should look out for, guide, and support other students.

Freshman Mentoring is an opportunity provided to all Admitted New Freshman. Participating in Freshman Mentoring offers priority access to some high-demand University Core classes (such as First-Year Writing and American Heritage) and provides the active support of a peer mentor. Students who begin BYU Summer term are expected to enroll in a 3-credit hour mentored course.

The peer mentor's job is simply to have conversations with students about their experiences and growth during their first year at college and to address any challenges that may arise. Mentors support students in the acquisition and practice of habits that contribute to academic success and connect them with the life, traditions, and resources of the BYU campus.

For details about how to select a mentored course prior prior to the selection of other classes, or for answers to any other questions about the program, visit the Freshman Mentoring website or call the Freshman Mentoring office and speak directly with a peer mentor.

Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships

(801) 422-6136

The Office of Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships assists students in finding and applying for major externally funded scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate study (e.g., National Science Foundation, Fulbright, Rhodes, Goldwater, Truman, etc.) and scholarships for research opportunities, summer programs, and study abroad. Students are encouraged to review the online information describing each scholarship at For more information contact Carolyn Tuitupou in 102B MSRB or e-mail