Dixie State University

Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosts two Bachelor’s degrees – a degree in Chemistry, and a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – in addition to minors and certificates.


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. The experimental and analytical aspects of Chemistry attract people who enjoy the challenges of problem solving by applying fundamental concepts and new skills to complex problems that were previously unsolved. Through rigorous coursework and laboratory experience, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and address scientific problems that impact society, ranging from new therapeutics in medicine to “smart” plastics and electronics that respond to dynamic environments. As scientific issues continuously play a role in national and local policies, having a basic understanding of chemical principles empowers students to become informed citizens that can help maintain progress in society as new and evolving technological advances and concerns become significant.

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Research and Internship Opportunities

Research is one of the most impactful methods for students to learn theory and practices of chemistry, and to apply knowledge to solving complex problems. Our faculty engage all students in the chemistry programs in research projects for at least two semesters. Students have opportunities to share their research with the professional and academic worlds through conferences such as the annual DSU Research Symposium and occasionally at national and international chemistry conferences (e.g. the American Chemical Society National Meetings).

Active and Applied Learning

In addition to lectures, the programs within our department provide over 400 hours of laboratory experience, with opportunities for hands-on use of modern and advanced instrumentation used across the industry.


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Faculty & Staff

Gabriela Chilom, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Email: chilom@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7766

Rose Hill

Advisor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Email: rose.hill@dixie.edu

Phone: (435) 879-4698

Terry Harrison

Administrative Assistant

Email: terry.harrison@dixie.edu

Phone: (435) 652-7851