Dixie State University Press Release
Starting in the Fall 2018 semester, Dixie State will offer a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology-biochemistry and a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Art in design. With the addition of these degrees, the university now offers 42 distinctive baccalaureate majors and has accomplished its strategic goal to offer 42 baccalaureate degrees by 2020 two years early.
Dixie State’s baccalaureate degree in molecular biology-biochemistry will prepare students to meet the needs of the community’s rapidly growing health science and biotechnology sectors. This interdisciplinary science program that merges chemistry, biology and health sciences will prepare students to perform a variety of tasks such as culture tissue and cells, run polymerase chain reaction techniques, molecularly clone genes and perform statistical analysis on data.
“The new degree in molecular biology and biochemistry offers students a rigorous program at the interface of biology and chemistry — where molecules interact at the cellular level and drive biological processes,” Dr. Rico Del Sesto, chair of DSU’s Physical Sciences Department, said. “The program is truly a cross-disciplinary experience that will prepare students for careers in areas such as precision medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, forensics and biotechnology.”
The other degree approved by the trustees on Friday, a bachelor’s degree in design, will teach students hands-on design thinking, visual communication, image making and proficiency with tools and practices in the field of design. Providing students with a unique experience across a full range of design disciplines, this program will prepare them to pursue careers in graphic design and other emerging disciplines. This degree will provide students with marketable training, skills and experience that will make them employable immediately upon graduating