Chemistry and Biochemistry

Tips for Prospective Students

Applications are generally accepted between September 1st and the deadline on February 1st. To be considered for an extra fellowship, please submit your application by December 31st. The application will consist of transcripts, standardized test scores, three letters of recommendation, a statement of intent, and an ecclesiastical endorsement. Also, there is 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 your undergraduate program 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.

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 or E3PT. BYU requires a score of at least 85 (22 in speaking; 21 in other areas) on the TOEFL, a total score of at least 7.0 on the IELTS, or a minimum score of 79 on the E3PT (21 each in speaking, reading and listening, and at least 16 in the writing section). The test results must be less than two years old at the time of your first semester here. 

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.