Chemistry and Biochemistry

Living in Provo, Utah

photo: Andy Earl


Settled by Mormon pioneers in the mid 1800s, Provo continues to bear its LDS roots with a strong sense of community and family-friendliness. Provo culture is also shaped by local universities BYU and Utah Valley University, which bring over 60,000 undergraduate students (including students from over 110 different countries) to the area. Provo has a well-known local music scene (recent bands to go big include Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees) with a city-sponsored rooftop concert series and several local band venues. The area also has a burgeoning food scene with a variety of “foodie” restaurants and a growing food truck community. Last but not least, being surrounded by 11,000-foot peaks, canyons and national parks makes outdoor recreation a central part of life in Provo.     

Outdoor recreation

Here at BYU we’re lucky to have the Wasatch Mountains right out our back door and red rock desert a short drive away. The “greatest snow on earth” (in our totally unbiased opinion) is 20 minutes away at Sundance Ski Resort and the Wasatch Mountains provide an incredible network of mountain biking and hiking trails. Other outdoor activities minutes away are fly-fishing for trout in the Provo River, rock climbing up Rock Canyon, and lake recreation at nearby Utah Lake and Deer Creek Reservoir. If you get tired of mountain scenery, our famous slot canyons and red rock desert (e.g., Moab, San Rafael Swell) are a 2-3 hour drive away. Utah also boasts 5 national parks all within a day’s drive of BYU.     


Here are some local photos that give a flavor for the area by Utah Valley-based photographer Andy Earl (  Thanks for the photos Andy! 


Zion National Park

Snowboarding in the Wasatch Range

Indian Creek

Back of Wasatch Range

Wasatch Landscape