College Fact Sheet

Number of students with declared majors in the college in January 2013: 2,203
 
Number of class sections offered, 2012-2013: 2,065
 
Departments within the college: 7
 
Number of degrees offered by the college: 33
  • There are 22 undergraduate and 11 graduate options, including programs in animation, bioinformatics, earth and space science education, astronomy, applied physics, and actuarial science, among others. See a complete listing of undergraduate programs here. For graduate programs, please refer to BYU Graduate Studies here.
 
Number of minors offered by the college: 13
  • Teaching minors are available in nearly every department.
 
Number of full-time faculty: 167
 
Number of publications in 2012: 501
  • This includes all published, peer-reviewed journal articles, books, proceedings, and abstracts contributed to by CPMS faculty.
 
Incoming grant/research funding in 2012: $92,524,119.00
 
Number of buildings used by the college: 6
  • Carl F. Eyring Science Center (ESC)
  • Talmage Math Sciences/Computer Building (TMCB)
  • Ezra Taft Benson Building (BNSN)
  • Joseph K. Nicholes Building (NICB)
  • West Mountain Observatory (WMO)
  • Museum of Paleontology (MP)
 
Total square footage on campus dedicated to the physical and mathematical sciences: 560,626
 
Elevation of the West Mountain Observatory: 6,850 feet
  • At the end of a winding mountain road off the southern end of Utah Lake, BYU's remote observatory houses three telescopes and small living quarters to facilitate night-time research.
 
First BYU building to have an elevator: The Eyring Science Center
 
Year in which BYU's original Summerhay's Planetarium, the first in Utah, was opened: 1958
  • The new Royden G. Derrick Planetarium at BYU was dedicated in 2005 by Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
 
Number of test tubes used each year by students in the Introduction to Chemistry class: 160,000
 
Number of supply types available in the Chemistry Central Stockroom: 9,000
 
Types of oils available in the Stockroom: 20
 
Number of disposable gloves sold every year by the Stockroom: 1,000,000
  • That's enough gloves to put on all the hands of a capacity crowd at the LaVell Edwards football stadium—seven times over.
 
Time it takes for the Nicholes building fire-suppression system to completely fill a room with foam: 30 seconds
  • BYU is the only university to have a fire-suppression system of this kind in its main chemical vault.
 
Max weight measurable on the Stockroom's scale: 1,000 lbs
 
Approximate number of visitors to the Museum of Paleontology, yearly: 25,000
  • Of course, there isn't any available data on how many cub scouts actually make it past the dinosaurs alive.
 
Number of specimens in the Museum's collection: over 18,000
  • The Museum houses one of the top five Jurassic collections in the world.
 
Length of the Utahraptor's claw: 9.8 inches
  • That's over twice the size of the average human index finger. Fossils from the Utahraptor can be seen at the Museum.
 
Cost of admission to the Museum of Paleontology: free
  • While you're strolling around with your date, be sure to drop a donation through the dinosaur skull near the entrance.
 
Amount of concrete in the Benson building: 37,800 cubic feet
  • That's enough to make a 5 foot wide, 4 inch thick sidewalk that would stretch 43 miles, from Provo to Salt Lake City.
 
Cost of tuition and fees per semester in 1950, when the ESC was dedicated: $135
 
Number of giant panda bears housed by the college: 1
  • An eight-foot, four-inch model of Po, from the movie, Kung Fu Panda, stands in the Talmage building's west lounge, as a testament to the Computer Science-Animation program.
 
First building on campus with an earthquake-resistant design: the Talmage Building
 
Number of years to completely renovate the original Eyring Science Center: 2
  • From 1995 to 1997, the building was completely gutted, so that a person standing in one corner of the building could see to the other side. This process removed the infamous "snake pits," steep amphitheater-like classrooms originally designed so students could look down on demonstrations. These have now been replaced with state-of-the-art classrooms. (See photo above)
 
Snake pits photo citation: Courtesy, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602

 

Information compiled using sources from BYU Magazine, department secretaries, stockroom staff, and various University publications.