|College of Biology and Agriculture|
301 WIDB, PO Box 25250, (801) 378-3963
Dean: Clayton S. Huber, Professor, Food Science
Associate Dean: Richard W. Heninger, Professor, Zoology
Associate Dean: William L. Park, Professor, Economics
Assistant Dean: Steven L. Taylor
The following departments are included within the College of Biology and Agriculture:
Audrey L. Megerian, Director (380 WIDB, PO Box 25189,  378-3042)
The College of Biology and Agriculture Advisement Center is designed to help students with academic needs, assisting progress from the day of orientation through graduation as smoothly as possible. The center maintains student records, advises on General Education and university requirements, coordinates scholarships, provides academic information of all kinds, helps cut red tape, and much more. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.
Don D. Bloxham, Director (380 WIDB, PO Box 25189,  378-3044)
The Health Professions Advisement Center will help preprofessional students in health-related fields (medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, etc.) with any academic need, give accurate counsel, and help achieve successful transition into professional schools.
Students interested in preparing themselves for careers in molecular biology may do so by meeting the requirements of a molecular biology degree in the College of Biology and Agriculture. Students are expected to meet the basic requirements of the major, including a series of courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, basic biology, and molecular and cellular biology.
Students interested in ecology, environmental awareness, wildlife management, the preservation of endangered species, and the conservation of natural resources can major with a BS degree in conservation biology in the Departments of Botany and Range Science and Zoology. See the department of your choice for details.
A program is available for students interested in teaching biology at the secondary education level. Requirements are outlined in the Botany and Range Science, Microbiology, and Zoology sections of this catalog.
Students interested in careers in agricultural production, food marketing, and related agribusiness industries can prepare for such careers by completing a production-agribusiness emphasis under a BS degree in agronomy, horticulture, animal science, or range science. These students are expected to complete departmental core courses plus the requirements for a minor in management offered by the Marriott School of Management and three agricultural economics courses offered by the Economics Department. In addition, students can prepare themselves for agribusiness careers by completing an agricultural economics emphasis under a BS degree in economics in conjunction with selected agricultural and business courses. See departmental listings for details.
See Department of Economics for program details.
N. Paul Johnston, Director (110 B-49, PO Box 25182)
The major objective of the Benson Institute is to raise the quality of life among the people of the world through improved nutrition and enlightened agricultural practices. Emphasis is on developmental research with cooperating universities in the developing world in village nutrition and agricultural production. The institute has university ties in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
William L. Park, Director (302 WIDB)
Teaching and research in basic and applied agriculture is accomplished at BYU Agriculture Station facilities. These include animal science, agronomy, and horticulture project areas in Provo—including the Ellsworth Meat and Livestock Center. In addition, the 793-acre BYU Laboratory Farm near Spanish Fork, Utah, and the 9,388-acre BYU Skaggs Research Ranch near Malta, Idaho, are important facilities for training students.
290 MLBM, PO Box 20200
H. Duane Smith, Director
Douglas C. Cox, Assistant Director
Exhibits and collections of biological specimens are housed in the M. L. Bean Life Science Museum.
Tours and Educational Programs. The museum offers a broad range of educational opportunities for students, from specialized graduate research in the various systematic collections housed in the museum to impromptu tours for the casual visitor. Many university classes utilize the extensive holdings, but the museum also serves the community by providing educational opportunities for elementary and secondary schools as well as civic groups. Docents and volunteers conduct educational tours and help with display preparation and general museum operation.
The Botanical Collection includes herbaria of vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, lichens, algae, and fungi from many parts of the world. The vascular plant collection includes more than 10,000 species represented by more than 400,000 herbarium sheets. The collection is made up principally of plants from western North America but includes many materials from the eastern states, Europe, Mexico, Australia, and the Pacific isles. Acquisitions of plants from Alaska, Greenland, Siberia, and the Canadian Arctic have added significantly to the collections of Arctic plants. Lichens and mosses number about 100,000.
The Zoological Collections consist of a large series of vertebrate and invertebrate species from North America and from many foreign countries. These materials are available to teachers, advanced students, and visiting scientists.
The Lytle Preserve in southwestern Utah provides a 460-acre area as an outdoor classroom in the northernmost extension of the Mojave Desert. It is managed for natural study and ecological research in a unique desert setting.