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2012 - 2013

Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Laura C. Bridgewater, Chair
775 WIDB, (801) 422-2434

Department Advisement
Elaine Rotz
767 WIDB, (801) 422-4293

Life Sciences Student Services
380 WIDB, (801) 422-3042

Admission to Degree Program

All degree programs in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology are open enrollment. However, special limitations apply for medical laboratory science.

The Discipline

The Microbiology and Molecular Biology Department offers degrees in microbiology, molecular biology, and medical laboratory science. A wide range of courses may be incorporated into a program of study, including: ecology, genetics, immunology, microbial physiology, molecular biology, molecular evolution, parasitology, and pathogenesis.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employed in a wide variety of positions in industry, hospitals, government agencies, and universities. Majors from this department are an excellent preprofessional course of study for those interested in medicine, dentistry, law, or business.

The following courses are recommended for those students interested in graduate and professional programs:

    Chem 351, 352, 353, 481.
    Math 112 and 113.
    Phscs 105, 106, 107, 108.
    Stat 221.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:

  • The university core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education. (See University Core for details. For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see the current class schedule.)
  • At least 30 credit hours must be earned in residence on the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office

Undergraduate Programs and Degrees

Students should see their department advisor for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.

Graduate Programs and Degrees

    MS in Microbiology
    MS in Molecular Biology
    PhD in Microbiology
    PhD in Molecular Biology

For more information see the BYU 2012–2013 Graduate Catalog.