|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.
University devotionals, held throughout the year on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m., provide an inspirational and integrative part of the university experience. These assemblies are occasions to celebrate the shared sense of values and community in the university. Participation in these gatherings renews spiritual commitment and extends knowledge of significant religious, intellectual, and cultural matters.
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's collection numbers over three million volumes including books, periodicals, government documents, microfilm, and other nonprint items. BYLINE, the library's Web-based computer system, includes the on-line catalog, many full-text databases, and numerous electronic indexes to other sources. The library is a depository for United States and Canadian government documents and regularly receives publications of state and local governments. The Utah Valley Regional Family History Center (UVRFHC) supports family history research through an extensive collection of microfilm and microfiche. The Special Collections and Manuscripts department houses non-circulating books and manuscripts related to Mormonism, western Americana, incunabula, Victorian and Edwardian literature, historical manuscripts and photographs, motion pictures, and many other areas.
The learning resource centers provide an optimal learning environment for out-of-class instructional activities involving audio, visual, and digital media. The library LRC services the campus generally, and a satellite LRC in the McKay Building serves the School of Education.
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 question and answer sessions that may accompany them) prompts inquiry into significant intellectual, cultural, and social issues and broadens an understanding of them.
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 community.
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.
(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 the university to help students resolve most academic problems.
(2410 WSC, PO Box 27905,  378-3000)
Career Placement Services assists BYU students who are seeking internships and full-time employment. For full-time employment, seniors should register with us during the fall semester of the academic year in which they plan to graduate.
Students who register gain access to many valuable services, including individual and group advising, on-campus interviews with employer representatives, and information about specific job and internship opportunities submitted by employers from business, industry, education, and government. Career Placement Services also maintains a complete collection of books, articles, magazines, brochures, and videotapes relating to a variety of hiring organizations. Materials and workshops are available on such matters as writing letters of application, preparing resumés, and conducting oneself in personal interviews.
Career Placement Services also offers services to alumni needing career assistance.
Visit us at http://www.byu.edu/stlife/cdc.
Academic 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 academic internships within the United States, internships in international settings are also available for students who are pursuing majors that focus on international curricula.
The motto at the west entrance of BYU's campus states Enter to learn; go forth to serve. The Jacobsen Center for Service and Learning aims to assist BYU students and faculty as a resource for meaningful service opportunities for the BYU community. The center's purpose statement reads as follows:
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 or doctoral degree.
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.
The Counseling and Career Center offers courses under the title Student Development. These courses are designed to help with the personal challenges and tasks facing college students. Some of the relevant student-centered topics are college study skills, life planning, time management, decision making, and test taking strategies. Several courses are also designed to help students decide on a college major and a career. Each class has material to help students identify their values, develop character, and make progress with their personal goals for life. The BYU Undergraduate Catalog and the current class schedule list these courses under Student Development. For further information contact the Counseling and Career Center (2500 WSC,  378-2723).
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.”
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.
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 and other venues. 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).
H. Duane Smith, Director
Douglas C. Cox, Assistant Director
The Monte L. Bean Museum is a fully functional, accredited, 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 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.
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.
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 practice.
The campus intramural program, consisting of more than thirty 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 and individual events. 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 officials.
BYU joins the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado State, Nevada-Las Vegas, New Mexico, San Diego State, the University of Utah, and Wyoming in the new Mountain West Conference this year after thirty-six years in the Western Athletic Conference.
The men's intercollegiate program at BYU consists of ten sports: basketball, baseball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track, tennis, outdoor track and field, swimming, and volleyball.
Women at BYU compete in eleven intercollegiate sports: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, indoor track, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, outdoor track and field, and volleyball.
Nationally ranked in many sports, BYU has won national championships in football, golf, track, cross country, and volleyball. BYU's overall athletic program was ranked twelfth nationally in 1999 by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
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.