Dixie State University Department of Geology
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 relevant scientific information and their relevance to society.
Physical Sciences Objectives
The student, at the end of any Physical Sciences Department course:
- Will be able to 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.
- Will be able to demonstrate knowledge of basic fundamental laws, concepts, and theories in the physical sciences and be able to apply them to everyday life.
- Will understand the process of science — how scientific knowledge is generated and validated — so that they can make independent, empirical inquiries about the natural world.
- Will be able to 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.