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Frequently Asked Questions

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    What do I need to know for graduation?
    All graduation information can be found on the Enrollment Services website ( In order to apply, you must have an active ecclesiastical endorsement covering the graduation for which you plan to apply.
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    Can courses taken from other universities fulfill BYU requirements?
    Substitutions for General Education courses are done through Transfer Evaluation office.

    MMBIO course substitutions are evaluated by the Life Science Advisement Center or the MMBIO department Academic Advisor.
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    How can I know when a class will be offered?
    By checking the class schedule or by clicking on the class in MyMAP. The class schedule can also be found on the BYU homepage under Academics.
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    How do I add a minor?
    To add a minor, contact your college advisement center. If you are applying to a limited enrollment minor, please see the advisement center that offers the minor.
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    How do I reserve a room in the LSB?
    When you need to reserve a space to study, work on a large project, or hold a club event visit to reserve a space.
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    Where can I find Major Academic Plans (MAPs) for majors & minors in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Medical Laboratory Science?
    MAPs can be found here. Please note: The first page of the MAPs has all the classes required for both the University Core and the major. The second page has an eight semester plan for students, along with information about the major and career opportunities within the discipline.
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    How many MMBIO courses should I take per semester?
    It is recommended that students take no more than three MMBIO courses per semester in order to succeed in the program. Two courses per semester is preferred.
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    What is the Biology Field Exam?
    As part of the requirements for most Life Sciences majors, you are required to take a national ETS exam. All institutions of higher learning use assessment tools, and the ETS Biology Major Field Test is one tool that the departments in the College of Life Sciences have chosen to assess the efficacy of the biology curriculum.

    “The Biology Major Field Exam contains about 150 multiple-choice questions, a number of which are grouped in sets and based on descriptions of laboratory and field situations, diagrams or experimental results. The subject matter is organized into four major areas: cell biology; molecular biology and genetics; organismal biology; and population biology, evolution and ecology. Some of the questions within each of the major areas are designed to test examinees’ analytical skills. It is designed to take two hours and may be split into two sessions. This test must be given by a proctor. Mathematical operations do not require the use of a calculator.”

    Students in the following majors are required to take the exam: Biodiversity and Conservation, Bioinformatics, Biological Science Education, Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biophysics, Physiology & Developmental Biology, and Genetics, Genomics, & Biotechnology.

    You do not need to study for the exam as it will cover material that you have already learned in previous courses. You do not need to bring anything with you except for a pencil or pen. Scratch paper will be provided.