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Undergraduate Catalog

2013 - 2014

Undergraduate Education

2006 JKB
(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: Phil Rash, Associate Clinical Professor, Counseling and Career Center
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 Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education—General 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 associate dean, regularly reviews general education courses and has final authority to decide which courses meet GE requirements.

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 a key part of a university-wide initiative to strengthen undergraduate education at BYU. It gives all first-year students easier access to high demand University Core (General Education plus Religious Education) classes and provides every freshman with strong peer mentor support. Beginning Summer Term or Fall Semester 2010, all incoming freshmen will participate in the two-semester Mentoring program, which guarantees

  • Priority selection and enrollment in one or more high-demand, University Core mentored courses, both fall and winter semesters
  • Access to a Freshman Mentoring peer mentor whose principal task is to have individual conversations with students about the successes and challenges of their first year at BYU and to encourage, support, and model habits that contribute to academic success
  • Connections with other students who share the same mentored classes and have similar living arrangements
  • Progress toward fulfillment of foundational University Core requirements

Freshman students starting at BYU during the summer will have the additional advantage of a mentored summer term experience and selection of a general education class from a slate of options. They will then select one or more Freshman Mentoring envelope courses for the fall and winter semesters.

For more information about the Freshman Mentoring program and expectations for students to engage with their peer mentor, please visit

National Scholarships, Fellowships, and Programs

(801) 422-6137

The National Scholarships, Fellowships, and Programs office assists students in finding and applying for national externally funded scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate study (e.g., Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Fulbright, Goldwater, Truman, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 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