Chemistry and Biochemistry

Program Summaries

BYU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers MS and PhD degree programs in chemistry and biochemistry. While these programs do require coursework, they are primarily research-based. Research groups often include cross-disciplinary collaboration with faculty and students in biology, botany, engineering, and physics, as well as with other areas in chemistry. This website provides information on faculty research and the state-of-the art facilities available for conducting high quality research. Our programs prepare students for professional careers in industry, government and educational institutions.

Degree Programs

Admission Requirements
A complete application has the following components:

 For more specific details regarding these requirements, please see Application Processon this website. 

Program Requirements
A minimum of 30 semester hours for MS students, 54 for PhD, including coursework, seminars, research, and thesis, are required. Students work with their advisory committee to formulate their program of study. A grade point average of 3.0 should be maintained throughout the program and is required to graduate. All graduate students are required to have annual progress reviews of their coursework, research, TA performance, and other requirements of their graduate program. Each degree program differs somewhat in their required coursework and qualifying exams. The degree and chemistry area requirements are listed below. The MS degree is not a prerequisite for the PhD program.

Graduate Study Timeline
Our graduate programs begin in fall semester. Very rarely students may begin in winter semester on a case-by-case basis. The MS programs are typically two to two and one-half years, and the PhD programs average about four and one-half to five years.

Financial Support
Financial support is guaranteed by the department based on satisfactory progress in the program. Graduate students receive one or a combination of the following forms of financial aid: teaching assistantships, research assistantships, graduate scholarships, BYU graduate research fellowships, and special department or university awards. Awards are given on the basis of merit. The annual stipend is paid via a bi-weekly paycheck throughout the entire year.

Financial support includes:

Proficiency Exams
To show proficiency, all new graduate students in chemistry must pass four exams of five areas: analytical, inorganic, organic/biomolecular, and physical chemistry, and biochemistry. Biochemistry graduate students must pass the biochemistry proficiency exam. In the first year students are given three attempts to pass the exams, the first being administered at the time of entry into the program. Coursework may be required to satisfy areas not passed through the exams. 

CHEMISTRY (MS) 

Analytical (MS) (Go here for further details)

Some of the numerous topics currently being researched in analytical chemistry are novel designs and applications of mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy, atmospheric chemistry and outer space detection, miniaturized separation techniques, functionalization and analytical chemistry of surfaces, and nanometer-scale chemical manipulation and analysis.

Inorganic (MS)

Some of the topics currently being researched in inorganic chemistry are light harvesting iron proteins, bimetallic catalysts, detection of water contaminants, catalytic supports, and construction of unique surfaces.

Organic (MS)

Some of the numerous topics currently being researched in organic chemistry are synthetic methodology, natural product synthesis and isolation, medicinal chemistry, and molecular recognition/ macrocycles.

Physical (MS)

Some of the numerous topics currently being researched in physical chemistry are photochemistry, chemical kinetics and dynamics, heterogeneous catalysis, mechanisms of chemical reactions, structure/function relations in modern materials, development and refinement of spectroscopic techniques, properties of nanomaterials.

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BIOCHEMISTRY (MS)

Some of the numerous topics currently being researched in biochemistry are HIV/AIDS, proteomics, systems biology, signal transduction, lipidomics, clinical bioanalysis, protein-protein interactions and protein complex assembly, regulation of cell survival, cell protein turnover dynamics, iron metabolism and oxidative stress and pathways involved in cancer, metastasis and treatment.

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CHEMISTRY (PhD) 

Analytical-PhD (Go here for further details)

Some of the numerous topics currently being researched in analytical chemistry are novel designs and applications of mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy, atmospheric chemistry and outer space detection, miniaturized separation techniques, functionalization and analytical chemistry of surfaces, and nanometer-scale chemical manipulation and analysis.

Inorganic-PhD 

Some of the topics currently being researched in inorganic chemistry are metal ligand synthesis, ion separation, nanocrystal characterization, iron storage proteins and surface modifications.

Organic-PhD 

Some of the numerous topics currently being researched in organic chemistry are synthetic methodology, natural product synthesis and isolation, medicinal chemistry, and molecular recognition/ macrocycles.

Physical-PhD

Some of the numerous topics currently being researched in physical chemistry are photochemistry, chemical kinetics and dynamics, heterogeneous catalysis, mechanisms of chemical reactions, structure/function relations in modern materials, development and refinement of spectroscopic techniques, properties of nanomaterials.

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BIOCHEMISTRY (PhD)

Some of the numerous topics currently being researched in biochemistry are HIV/AIDS, proteomics, systems biology, signal transduction, lipidomics, clinical bioanalysis, protein-protein interactions and protein complex assembly, regulation of cell survival, cell protein turnover dynamics, iron metabolism and oxidative stress and pathways involved in cancer, metastasis and treatment.

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Please register as a prospective student.

Go here to apply for our programs.

Contact us at: chemgrad@chem.byu.edu

Janet Fonoimoana, Assistant Graduate Coordinator
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Brigham Young University
C100 BNSN
Provo, UT 84602
USA
Phone: 801-422-4845

Last updated 25 June 2016