Brigham Young University
BYU: A Unique Environment
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors BYU to provide
a university education in an atmosphere that nurtures spiritual growth
and a strong testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Church programs
are closely correlated at all levels with the activities of the university,
and students will find many opportunities to grow spiritually.
To give students maximum opportunity to participate, the Church is organized
into a number of BYU stakes composed of several wards of approximately
150 members each. All single students living away from home who are members
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints become members of a
BYU ward. Married students not living in university housing may attend
either the BYU ward or the residential ward in which they live.
Approximately twenty-five other religious denominations are represented
in the BYU student body. These students are encouraged to attend the congregation
of their faith.
All students at BYU should include regular gospel study as a continuous
part of their university experience. Full-time undergraduate students need
to take the equivalent of one religion class each semester of enrollment
until a total of 14 semester hours in religion has been earned toward a
bachelor's degree. See the Religious Education section of this catalog
for more information.
Each Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. throughout the year, University Devotionals
are conducted in the Marriott Center with General Authorities, other Church
leaders, and selected representatives from the university community as
speakers. The timely messages of these devotional programs remind students
of the importance of the spiritual dimension in education and encourage
commitment, faith, and moral behavior. In addition, Church leaders from
among the General Authorities speak to students each month at a Church
Educational System fireside for college-age young adults, scheduled in
the Marriott Center, usually on the first Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
The academic environment extends beyond the four walls of a university
classroom. Serious students seek enrichment in the library, at university
forums and lectures, and through research. Some students may choose to
become involved in the Honors Program or live in one of the “quiet halls”
on campus—and everyone benefits from drawing on the resources available
at college advisement centers.
The Harold B. Lee Library contains a collection that includes over three
million volumes, including an extensive collection of pamphlets, titles
on microform, and nonprint materials. Numerous electronic databases and
indexes, professional journals, and other current serials, as well as local,
regional, and national newspapers, are also available. The library is a
depository for United States and Canadian government documents and regularly
receives publications of state and local governments. In addition, the
BYU Regional Family History Library accesses the approximately 100,000
books and more than 800,000 rolls of microfilm contained in the Church's
Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
The general collection and subject reference materials are on open shelves
on four of the five levels—two below and two above the ground floor. The
library's special collections, many of which are confined to specific subject
areas, are on the fourth level, and the Manuscripts/Archives Division is
located on the fifth floor. To help library users find these materials,
an information booklet and library guide leaflets are available at the
The general library facilities are available to students, faculty, alumni,
and other interested persons. Regularly enrolled students present their
identification cards to borrow books; others may obtain a permit from the
circulation librarian. The library is open during fall and winter semesters
from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8:00 a.m.
to 12:00 p.m. Saturday. During spring and summer terms the library is open
from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8:00 a.m.
to 10:00 p.m. Saturday.
BYU library patrons may also use the facilities of other Utah college and
university libraries and other major research libraries in the United States.
These cooperative arrangements were instituted by the Utah College Library
Council (UCLC) and the Research Libraries Group (RLG). The BYU Library
is a participating member of both organizations.
Libraries operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are
also available to Brigham Young University students. For instance, advanced
scholars may do research in the library of the Church Historical Department.
Located in the LDS Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, the library
is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The learning resource centers provide an optimal learning environment for
specialized, out-of-class instructional activities, usually on an individual
or small-group basis, and thereby offer a wide variety of instructional
alternatives to students and faculty. The library LRC serves the campus
generally, and other LRCs are located in specific academic areas to serve
the areas' particular needs.
University Forums, held throughout the year on selected Tuesdays at 11:00
a.m., form an integrative and stimulating part of the general education
experience. Speakers are noted authorities in the arts, sciences, humanities,
media, and government, chosen for their contributions to their field and
their ability to communicate their insights. Participation in these assemblies
(and in the sessions that may accompany them) prompts our inquiry into
significant intellectual, cultural, and social issues and extends our understanding
The overall purpose of New Student Orientation is to assist new and transfer
students to become familiar with the academic, social, and personal challenges
and opportunities of Brigham Young University. Similarly, Orientation provides
new students several learning opportunities to become acquainted with the
resources available to them on campus. Stated another way, Orientation's
purpose at BYU is to assist new students to form an identity with the university
New students begin their Orientation experience at BYU by attending New
Student Commencement, which introduces them to the meaning of a university
education and the purpose of higher education. In this assembly students
also learn about BYU's unique mission of blending spiritual growth with
In smaller meetings and seminars, new students are informed of academic
disciplines and such university resources and programs as the library,
academic advising, scholarships, financial aid, and honors education.
New Student Orientation also promotes the interaction of new students with
peers, upperclassmen, and faculty. Y Groups, led by upperclassmen, are
formed to provide more individualized attention for new students and to
introduce them to the university environment. One of the many Y Group activities
involves a tour of campus to acquaint new students with university facilities
and traditions. As part of the Orientation program, select faculty visit
with students at different locations around campus. Mingling with these
faculty gives new students insight to the teaching-learning experiences
of a BYU education.
Orientation at BYU attempts to balance the social, personal, and academic
needs of students by carefully combining appropriate resources, activities,
and personnel. It is designed to acquaint, educate, and stimulate the new
student regarding the myriad opportunities available at BYU to succeed
Academic advising is an essential component of a BYU education.
The university is committed to providing the
assistance students need at every step throughout their degree
program. A successful system of academic advising is highly
dependent upon a shared commitment of faculty, staff, and
students, as illustrated below.
Students are responsible to
Ultimately, students are responsible for making their own
decisions based on the best information and advisement
Advisors are responsible to stay abreast of major and general
education requirements, assist students by making appropriate
recommendations for registration, and monitor the students'
progress. Advisors will be available to meet with students at a
specified time, help in establishing and maintaining their
academic plan for graduation, assist students with career
options, and make referrals to other campus resources when
appropriate. Advisors are expected to look for academic
potential in students—where they can succeed yet still be
challenged—motivate students to take responsibility for their
own academic and career goals and decisions, focus on the
rewards of education such as fulfillment and achievement, and
exhibit trust and confidence in students.
The university pledges to support a campuswide network of
faculty, staff, and student peer advisors by providing them with
a clear and firm foundation of information regarding policies,
procedures, resources, and programs. The university will
publish accurate and timely information on general education
and major requirements; provide academic and career
counseling services; provide the necessary resources to assist
students with a plan for graduation; maintain and update
MAPs; provide access to a campuswide information system, i.e.,
ABC Report; and provide registration services through the
touch-tome telephone (TTT), AIM, and the kiosk. The university
is committed to assist advisors in developing effective advising
skills and to regularly evaluate academic advising systems on
Five major components—college advisement centers, the
ABC Report, AIM, MAPs, and faculty advisors—form a
multidimensional advisement program designed to address the
specific academic needs of students, to track and support their
progress to graduation, and to enhance their overall experience
College advisement centers
exist in every academic college. At these centers
students receive personal assistance in meeting their educational goals
as quickly as possible. Timely advice from the centers can help students
avoid complications or misunderstandings regarding major and unversity
requirements to graduate; the centers also provide career counseling. Students
should contact their advisement center every semester.
Complementing the personal assistance available at college advisement centers
is the university's ABC Report, which tracks
a student's progress toward graduation. Each semester or term
all undergraduate students should review their comprehensive
computerized advisement report, which indicates what classes
they have completed, where they stand academically, and what
courses they have left to complete. Students should carefully
review each ABC Report to monitor their own academic
Another computer aid to advisement is AIM. Available at a
number of locations across campus, AIM provides students with
easy access to up-to-the-minute information on their academic
progress and other vital information. At AIM terminals students
can change their address and phone numbers, access their class
schedule, determine course availabilities and instructor schedules, monitor
their ABC Report, look at their grades and BYU
credit, make PIN changes, check on transfer and AP credit and grades, and
a supplement to the BYU Undergraduate Catalog,
is also a valuable academic resource for students as they plan and prepare
their academic schedules. The MAP includes information on general education
and major requirements, semester-by-semester recommendations for course
selection, and course availability.
Finally, faculty advisors play a key role in BYU's advising program. Students
should seek out faculty advisors early in their university experience.
Faculty advisors can help students understand the purposes of a university
education, explore the expectations of their major, and crystalize plans
for a career or further study.
- prepare for and keep appointments with their academic
advisor, preferably at least once a semester;
- establish and follow an academic plan for graduation;
- use university resources such as Major Academic Plans
(MAPs), Academic Information Management (AIM), and GE
and major progress advisement by computer (ABC Report);
- read the undergraduate catalog and become familiar with
their basic academic program and requirements;
- review academic progress each semester;
- attend and participate in class;
- form study groups;
- establish relationships with faculty by meeting with one or
two of them each semester; and get involved in the campus
community by attending cultural, sports, and community
events, campus devotionals, and forum assemblies.
(2500 ELWC, PO Box 25548,  378-2723, e-mail address: Academic_Support@byu.edu)
All students admitted to the university are capable of succeeding academically;
however, many students have difficulties achieving the level of success
required. The mission of the Academic Support Office is to assist students
in maintaining that level of academic success. Administered through the
Counseling and Career Center, a department of Student Life, the Academic
Support Office uses the combined resources of Student Life to help students
resolve most academic problems.
Students with academic problems usually have difficulties in one or more
of the following areas: (1) They can experience situations outside the
academic realm (i.e., adjustment problems, illness, relationship concerns,
etc.) that distract from academic goals and may need help focusing on those
goals. (2) Some students come to the university less academically prepared
than other students and may need study skills training. (3) At times a
student's learning style, which worked for them in high school, will not
work in the university's academic environment; learning style assessment
and counseling may help identify and use academic strengths more successfully.
(4) Many students lack clearly defined career goals and find themselves
floundering within the university; with career guidance they can move toward
a more timely graduation.
Counselors are trained to assist students with time management, study skills,
learning style, career choice, and other academic concerns. Students who
experience academic difficulties are encouraged to contact the Academic
(2500 ELWC, PO Box 25548,  378-2723)
Many services are available to assist students with the tasks of major
and career exploration and decision making. These services include individual
career counseling to help explore academic majors, career options, and
long-term career development. Interest inventories, computer-guided career
assistance, and career workshops are also available. Another significant
resource is Student Development (StDev) 117 (Career Exploration), a credit
course that allows students to spend a full semester exploring their interests,
abilities, and values and gathering information regarding university majors
and subsequent careers. This class is designed to assist students in making
career-related decisions and articulating a plan for graduation. Printed,
audiovisual, and computer-generated information about career options is
available in the Career and Learning Information Center (CLIC) in 2590
ELWC, (801) 378-2689.
Cooperative education and internships formally integrate university-level
academic study with work experience in cooperating organizations. The combined
study-work experiences are offered by academic departments as an extension
of regular day school programs. They are designed to complement and strengthen
the student's major field of study. In addition to cooperative education
internships within the United States, internships in international settings
are also available for students who are pursuing majors that focus on international
Most departments offer cooperative education and internship opportunities
that give full-time students a combination of academic learning with a
work practicum. Students desiring to register for cooperative education
must receive prior departmental approval and complete registration before
commencing an internship.
Course offerings vary according to student needs and may include registration
in 199R, 299R, 399R, 496R, or 599R courses depending upon department and
student objectives. Credit varies according to academic expectations and
may range from 1 to 9 semester units. Pass/fail and/or letter grades are
based upon academic as well as work performance and course enrollment.
In certain circumstances, in addition to or in place of a grade, work performance
will be posted in the memorandum section of the student transcript.
Most colleges and departments have cooperative education coordinators.
However, for further information concerning the opportunities and benefits
of this academic area, contact the university director of Cooperative Education
and Internships (110 FOB,  378-3337).
To the student seeking advanced study, Brigham Young University offers
a variety of graduate degree opportunities. Excellent graduate programs
can be found in each of the colleges and schools, and successful completion
of one results in the awarding of a master's, doctoral, or professional
The doctoral degree requires the student to demonstrate an impressive scholarly
competence, which includes the ability to conduct and report research in
a highly effective manner. Advanced systematic study in a discipline is
also essential and is followed by comprehensive examinations that require
students to integrate and understand the collective knowledge of their
disciplines. A dissertation resulting from independent research is defended
in a concluding oral examination.
The master's degree requires advanced course work, demonstrated mastery
in vital aspects of a discipline, skill in research methodology and theory,
and preparation for future creative work. Integrative examinations, a major
culminating piece of written work or performance, and an accompanying oral
defense of that work are also required. The professional degree likewise
demands a high-level performance of students, blending scholarly insight
with technical knowledge and skill.
Students who are interested in pursuing advanced degrees are encouraged
to become involved in research and creative activities during their undergraduate
One of the most exciting and valuable learning experiences available to
both undergraduate and graduate students at BYU is the opportunity to participate
in original research and creative activities. BYU has accomplished faculty
members in all areas, many of whom enjoy international reputations for
the quality of their creative endeavors. Many professors enlist the help
of undergraduate students, who work side by side with faculty mentors and
graduate students in a laboratory or studio setting. Some departments offer
class credit for participation in these projects, and in other situations
it is possible to receive remuneration.
A wide variety of research experiences are available in many departments
across campus. For example, the student might be involved in the synthesis
of a new medicinal drug in the chemistry laboratory or participate in the
discovery of a new species of dinosaur on a Colorado mesa. Other examples
of programs involving student participation include the study of robotics
systems, computer architecture, battery technology, high-energy physics,
international business methods, child psychology, drug-induced birth defects,
educational methodology, molecular genetics, social implications of drug
use, stability and satisfaction in marriage, Church history, and a host
of other topics. Students who are interested in participating in research
programs are encouraged to contact their major department chair or speak
directly with individual professors.
The university offers both recognition and support for undergraduate resarch
or creative activities. An annual competition for special research and
creative activities scholarships is held each fall semester.
Brigham Young University offers credit course work that applies to the
personal concerns and tasks facing college students. Courses cover such
topics as study skills, learning in college, major/career exploration,
life planning and decision making, career transitions, and individual development.
See the Student Development departmental section of this catalog and the
current class schedule for course descriptions and meeting times, respectively.
For further information, contact the Department of Student Development
(1503 ELWC,  378-6021).
Students can immerse themselves in culture at BYU. Dance, theatre, music,
art exhibits, museums—all await to nourish the soul seeking after “anything
virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy.”
BYU sponsors performance groups
in folk dance, ballroom dance, ballet, modern dance, and precision marching.
Each year these groups perform major concerts on campus and tour throughout
Popular and classical plays and films, as well as original compositions,
are offered by the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, the College of
Humanities sponsors a weekly International Cinema Program, and from September
through March the Music Department presents several recitals and concerts
The Museum of Art was completed and opened during fall 1993. Funded by
private donors, the 100,000-square-foot museum is located directly north
of the Harris Fine Arts Center. A sculpture garden separates the two buildings,
and together they form a striking visual and performing arts center. The
museum houses the university's superb collection of paintings, sculpture,
decorative arts, works on paper, and historical musical instruments. Major
bodies of work the university owns are by such eminent artists as Mahonri
Y. Young, J. Alden Weir, Maynard Dixon, C. C. A. Christensen, and Minerva
Teichert. Besides its rich array of American art, the collection includes
rare prints by Rembrandt, Drer, and Daumier.
Major traveling exhibitions and exhibitions from the museum's permanent
collections are scheduled on a rotating basis. The museum offers a variety
of educational programs for campus and community audiences as well. Included
in the Horne Center for the Study of Art are a multimedia theatre, a print
study room, a library, a didactic gallery, a seminar room, and classrooms.
The museum also features a caf and bookstore.
The BYU Performing Arts Series presents some of the most celebrated artists
in the world. Concerts and productions are scheduled throughout each year
in the Harris Fine Arts Center. Season or individual event tickets are
available at reduced prices for students, faculty, and staff. For further
information contact the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 378-HFAC (4322).
In recent years the Performing Arts Series has included:
Alvin Ailey Repertory Dance Ensemble
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
Ani and Ida Kavafian
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico
290 MLBM, PO Box 20200
H. Duane Smith, Director
Douglas C. Cox, Assistant Director
The Monte L. Bean Museum is a fully functional, professional museum. Its
vast teaching and research collections include nearly two million arthropods,
fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, and prepared shells, and more
than 500,000 plants and lichens. Specimens for these collections, which
represent creative work by university faculty and students, have been gathered
throughout the world, making the museum one of the major repositories of
scientific material in the western United States.
The museum and its collections are utilized by university classes in botany,
zoology, education, art, and other disciplines. The Monte L. Bean Life
Science Museum also maintains and manages the Lytle Nature Preserve for
the university. Located in the northernmost extension of the Mojave Desert
southwest of St. George, Utah, this 462-acre desert classroom is in a part
of Utah that is unique not only for its plant and animal communities but
also for its setting.
Public programs include changing, rotating, and permanent exhibits of natural
communities that illustrate the fascinating relationships between plants,
animals, and their physical environment. Educational programs serve more
than 200,000 annual visitors and provide classes and programs for public
and private schools and many other kinds of organizations. Museum hours
are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Sunday. Admission is free.
The Great Basin Naturalist, a nationally recognized natural history journal,
is published from the museum. Other museum publications include professional
and popular works such as A Utah Flora and Snakes of Utah.
Joel C. Janetski, Director (118 ALLN, PO Box 25522)
Marti Lu Allen, Associate Director (105 ALLN, PO Box 23600)
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures (MPC) houses, cares for, and performs research
on archaeological and ethnographic collections from around the world. The
strengths of the museum's holdings are in prehistoric Utah, the American Southwest,
Mesoamerica, and Polynesia. An approved state and federal archaeological repository,
the museum holds a noncirculating library and a photographic archive documenting BYU
archaeological research and artifactual materials. The Office of Public Archaeology,
an archaeological contracting unit, is administered and housed by the MPC. Research
space for the New World Archaeological Foundation and Department of Anthropology faculty
is provided by the museum as well.
Institutional objectives are to interpret and help elucidate the history
and culture of the peoples of the world and to convey that knowledge to
the scholarly community as well as to the general public. The museum's
strongest commitment lies in serving the teaching and research functions
of the university. MPC staff are adjunct to the Department of Anthropology,
and museology classes are normally offered (through approval) each fall and winter
semester. The principal objectives of the classes are to provide students the
broadest possible range of museum experience (e.g., collections management,
registration, outreach, curatorial research) and to advise students in formulating
realistic career objectives.
The museum's galleries in Allen Hall accommodate a program of changing
student exhibitions, which are normally developed through the curriculum
of the graduate museum practices course. The museum also produces occasional
satellite exhibits at other university locations, such as the Museum of
Art. Free tours of the Allen Hall galleries can be arranged by calling (801) 378-6112.
Because scheduling is based on student availability, it is advisable to book tours
from one to three weeks in advance. Visitors may also choose to guide
themselves through the galleries, but groups larger than fifteen people should
contact the museum in advance for special instructions.
The MPC has created anthropology teaching kits that are available
for loan to classrooms and inbound populations. The kits explore the
native cultures of various geographical areas and include replica
artifacts, handicrafts, and educational books and videos. For
information, or to reserve one of the kits, call (801) 378-6112.
Located at 700 North 100 East in Provo (one block south of
the Brick Oven restaurant), the museum is open from 9:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free, and
guided tours are offered free by arrangement. The MPC is
closed on holidays and for two weeks between fall and winter
semesters. Office and library hours vary according to student
schedules but are generally open only half a day.
Throughout the year the faculty of the Departments of Visual Arts, Dance,
Theatre and Media Arts, and the School of Music are featured in exhibitions,
plays and other productions, and music performances.
As part of their educational experience, students, both individually and
in groups, present concerts, exhibitions, films, plays, recitals, and productions.
Theatre Ballet, The Dancers' Company, International Folk Dance Ensemble,
Ballroom Dance Company, Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, Young Ambassadors,
Living Legends, University Singers, and Synthesis Jazz Ensemble are but
a few of the groups that perform in the various university venues. Plays,
musical theatre, and opera, as well as art and design exhibitions, are
also a part of the outstanding student fare available to the university
For further information contact the the Fine Arts Ticket Office at
(801) 378-HFAC (4322).
Students can enjoy the small-town friendliness of Provo or drive 45 miles
to the north for the cosmopolitan diversity that Salt Lake City offers.
Whereas Salt Lake City is home to Ballet West, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir,
and the Utah Symphony, the Provo area prides itself on its own Utah Valley
Symphony and several talented community choirs and theatre groups.
The Wasatch Mountains overlook BYU on the east, and to the west lies Utah
Lake. Within an hour's drive are several canyons and ski resorts; six national
parks are only a half day away. Outdoor gear can be rented on campus for
everything from skiing to windsurfing.
BYU's athletic facilities are among the best in the nation. Complementing
the major sports complexes—the Marriott Center, football stadium, baseball
diamond, softball diamond, indoor tennis pavilion, and track and field
stadium—are the Richards Building and the Smith Fieldhouse. The Richards
Building has facilities for racquetball, volleyball, basketball, aerobics,
dance, and swimming, and the Smith Fieldhouse houses ball courts, weight
rooms, an indoor track, and a west annex big enough for spring batting
The campus intramural program, consisting of more than sixty events involving
thousands of participants in both men's and women's activities, is one
of the largest and most comprehensive in the United States. Students may
participate in team activities through a BYU ward or by forming their own
team. In individual events students may enter independently or represent
a ward. The intramural program offers divisions for different skill levels
in each activity and provides awards for the winners in each division.
Numerous employment opportunities are available as game supervisors and
BYU is a charter member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), and both
the men's and women's teams participate in it. The schools composing the
WAC are: Brigham Young University, University of Hawaii, U.S. Air Force
Academy, San Diego State University, Colorado State University, University
of New Mexico, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Utah, University
of Wyoming, Tulsa University, Texas Christian University, Rice University,
Southern Methodist University, San Jose State University, University of
Nevada—Las Vegas, and Fresno State University. The men's intercollegiate
program at BYU consists of twelve sports: basketball, baseball, cross country,
football, golf, gymnastics, indoor track, tennis, outdoor track and field,
swimming, volleyball, and wrestling. Women at BYU compete in ten intercollegiate
sports: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, indoor track, soccer,
swimming and diving, tennis, outdoor track and field, and volleyball. BYU
has been nationally ranked in many sports and has won national championships
in football, golf, and track. BYU's overall athletic program was ranked sixteenth
nationally by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in
The extramural sports program at BYU provides opportunities for students
to participate on an intercollegiate level throughout the United States
and Canada in team sports not designated NCAA.
One of the best organized and most respected programs in the country, BYU's
extramural sports program offers four sports for men (soccer, racquetball,
lacrosse, and rugby) and two sports for women (softball and racquetball).
Many of the teams have been nationally ranked during the last several years.
Please report any errors. Updated 25 March 1998 by firstname.lastname@example.org