Requirements for Degree



Environmental Science MS Program

  • 30 hours (24 coursework or seminar and 6 thesis hours, PWS 699R)
  • No more than 10 hours of senior, and transfer credit and no Independent Study (except prerequisites) can be applied toward the MS degree.
  • PWS 694 R (Seminar) 2 semesters
  • STAT 511
  • Biannual progress evaluations with Advisory Committee
  • Program of Study and selection of Advisory Committee, complete by the end of 1st semester
  • Prospectus and Oral Presentation to Committee, complete by the end of 2nd semester
  • Final oral defense of thesis
  • At least one manuscript from thesis prepared for publication

Genetics and Biotechnology MS Program

  • 30 hours (24 coursework or seminar and 6 thesis hours, PWS 699R)
  • No more than 10 hours of senior, and transfer credit and no Independent Study (except prerequisites) can be applied toward the MS degree.
  • PWS 586 (Plant Cell Biology)
  • PWS 694 R (Seminar) 2 semesters
  • PWS 673 R (Cytogenetics)
  • PWS 670 (Analysis of Complex Genomes)
  • Biannual progress evaluations with Advisory Committee
  • Program of Study and selection of Advisory Committee, complete by the end of 1st semester
  • Prospectus and Oral Presentation to Committee, complete by the end of 2nd semester
  • Final oral defense of thesis
  • At least one manuscript from thesis prepared for publication

Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation MS Program

  • 30 hours (24 coursework or seminar and 6 thesis hours, PWS 699R)
  • No more than 10 hours of senior, and transfer credit and no Independent Study (except prerequisites) can be applied toward the MS degree.
  • PWS 694 R (Seminar) 2 semesters
  • Biannual progress evaluations with Advisory Committee
  • Program of Study and selection of Advisory Committee, complete by the end of 1st semester
  • Prospectus and Oral Presentation to Committee, complete by the end of 2nd semester
  • Final oral defense of thesis
  • At least one manuscript from thesis prepared for publication

Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation PhD Program

  • The minimum requirement for students with no master's degree is 54 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree; the 54 hours may not include undergraduate (100- to 400-level) or more than 18 hours of dissertation credit. Students who have earned a master's degree must complete at least 36 semester hours of additional graduate work at BYU beyond the master's degree (18 dissertation credits, PWS 799R). Note: Students with a MS degree are more competitive for admission.
  • Two consecutive six-hour semesters on BYU campus to fulfill the doctoral residency requirement.
  • PWS 694 R (seminar) 4 semesters
  • Biannual progress evaluations with Advisory Committee
  • Program of Study and selection of Advisory Committee complete by end of 2nd semester
  • Prospectus and Oral Presentation to Committee complete by end of 3rd semester
  • Comprehensive oral and written exam
  • Final oral defense of dissertation
  • At least two manuscripts from dissertation prepared for publication