College of Science, Engineering, and Technology

Physical Sciences Department

WELCOME TO THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT AT DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY!

Whether your scientific interests lie in the formulation of stars or the composition of cells, physical sciences is a fascinating area of study that will teach you about the elements and natural laws that make up the universe.

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Degrees Offered

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COURSES

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Chemistry

Chemistry comprises the study of matter – from sub-atomic particles to bulk materials – and is sometimes called the “central science.” Recent progress in chemistry leads to applications in such diverse fields as medicine, materials science, environmental science, fossil fuel and alternative-based power sources, energy security, forensic investigation, nanotechnology, and art conservation.

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Earth, Energy, & Environmental Science

Enroll in Environmental Science courses to gain an understanding of the natural world around us, learn about how the application of the scientific method can help us address problems facing our planet, and explore the geography, cultural history, literature, and biodiversity of different regions around the world.

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Geography

Amazing opportunities await you in any Geography course, whether you wish to conduct field-research in Zion National Park, study different places, countries, and regions of the world, survey the atmosphere and related phenomenon, or learn about climates, landforms, soils, water, plants, animals, and more.

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Geology

Are you interested in studying the Earth, learning more about its history, and finding out how it works? Geology courses at DSU offer unique opportunities to actively learn about this fascinating subject.

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Physics

From ‘Elementary Astronomy’ to ‘Thermofluids: Thermodynamics’, the wide variety of Physics courses offered at DSU offer new ways of learning whether you’re a Physics major or just looking to fulfill your General Education requirements.

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MISSION STATEMENT

The Physical Science Department will provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to understand, assess, and utilize elements of the physical sciences they will encounter in the 21st century.

The Physical Science Department will teach students, in a clear and understandable manner, the scientific process and fundamental scientific concepts upon which further, life-long scientific understanding can be built.

Courses in the department will provide students with the skills and opportunities necessary to make independent, empirical inquiries about the natural world, apply scientific principles, develop critical decision-making abilities, and understand the roles physical sciences play in technological advancement.

The skills acquired in Physical Science courses allow students to make informed personal and social decisions about ever-increasing amounts of scientific information and their relevance to society.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the skills required to make informed personal and social decisions about the issues that we will face locally as well as globally.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic fundamental laws, concepts, and theories in the physical sciences and be able to apply them to everyday life.
  • Understand the process of science — how scientific knowledge is generated and validated — so that they can make independent, empirical inquiries about the natural world.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the process of science by being able to interpret data in the form of tables, graphs, and charts and then communicate those findings in oral and or written form.

Contact

Rico Del Sesto

Department Chair

Email: delsesto@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7767

Office: Snow 215A

David Burr

Physical Science Advisor

Email: dburr@dixie.edu

Office: Snow 225