Tips for Prospective Students
Applications are generally accepted between September 1st and the deadline on January 5th. The application will consist of transcripts, standardized test scores, three letters of recommendation, a statement of intent, a video interview, an ecclesiastical endorsement, and an application fee of $50.
Here are some important tips to consider during your undergraduate program:
1. It is strongly encouraged that you major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or molecular biology.
2. If you major in something else, such as pharmacy or nutritional science, you must take the following pre-requisite courses.
- One year of general chemistry (with lab)
- One year of organic chemistry (with lab)
- One semester of physical chemistry
- One semester of biochemistry
- One semester of inorganic chemistry
- One semester of chemical analysis or analytical chemistry
- Optional: Cell biology and genetics
3. Have a GPA greater than 3.0/4.0. The average GPA of students accepted to the program is 3.4/4.0.
4. Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Have ETS submit the score to BYU (BYU’s institution code is 4019). The average score of admitted students is over 300. The GRE should be taken within the last five years at the time you plan to begin your studies at BYU. The GRE chemistry or biochemistry exam is recommended, but not required.
5. If you will receive your degree outside of the United States or a country where English is not the primary language, take the TOEFL (iBT), IELTS, CAE, or E3PT. You can find information on test scores requirements here. The test results must be less than two years old at the time of your first semester.
6. Get to know your chemistry and other science professors and do research with them as much as possible. It is preferred that letters of recommendation come from academic contacts rather than employment or personal sources.
7. Be aware of the Honor Code, which is the commitment BYU students make to live high moral standards by submitting an ecclesiastical endorsement. Students are not required to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.