Apr 24, 2024  
2013-2014 General Catalog 

Colleges & Schools

The University is organized into six academic colleges/schools:

Other Academic Entities:


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School of Business

School Information

Dean: Carl Templin
Business 303 ~ (435) 586-5401

Administrative Assistant: Suzette Beach
Business 303 ~ (435) 586-5401

Advisor: Paula Alger
Business 322 ~ (435) 865-8157


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College Website: www.suu.edu/business/
College Fax: (435) 586-5493      


 The School of Business at SUU is composed of:


The School of Business offers an experiential learning environment that combines theory and practice, and is designed to prepare students to become fully engaged, productive and ethical members of the business community and society. In order to fulfill its mission, the School of Business will:

  • Provide students opportunities for effective learning by emphasizing interactive experiences and individual attention both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Empower students and faculty, who are both jointly and individually committed, to discover and apply knowledge for ethical leadership, innovation, and global opportunities.
  • Attract, reward, and retain faculty who are able to make relevant intellectual contributions to their fields through excellence in teaching and scholarship, emphasizing applied and pedagogical activity.
  • Nurture personal development, and academic and professional partnerships to enhance the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic vitality of our region.
  • Involve students in regional service to provide important learning opportunities and to create relationships between students, the School, and stakeholders. 

College/School Program Goals & Learning Outcomes

We will produce business graduates at the Baccalaureate level who:

  1. Are able to communicate effectively through written documents and oral presentations.
  2. Understand ethical issues and standards as they relate to business within society.
  3. Possess the technical and analytical skills that are generally used to facilitate decision making in complex environments.
  4. Are familiar with the fundamental principles and tools associated with each major functional area of business.
  5. Have strong critical thinking skills.

Degrees/Program Titles, Certificates and Centers

Graduate Degrees  

Business Graduate Degrees Accredited by AACSB International

Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) 
Master of Business Administration Program (M.B.A.) 

Undergraduate Degrees & Majors

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science 
Business Majors (Composite, no minor required)
Business Degrees Accredited by AACSB International

Accounting Composite, B.A. 
Accounting Composite, B.S. 
Finance Composite Major, B.A. 
Finance Composite Major, B.S. 
Management Composite, B.A. 
Management Composite, B.S. 
Marketing Composite, B.A. 
Marketing Composite, B.S.   

Other Majors

Economics Major, B.A.  (no minor required)
Economics Major, B.S.  (no minor required)
Hotel, Resort, & Hospitality Management, B.A.  (no minor required)
Hotel, Resort, & Hospitality Management, B.S.  (no minor required)
Business Education Composite, B.A.  (no minor required)
Business Education Composite, B.S.  (no minor required) 


Aviation, A.A.S. 
General Technology - Business Emphasis, A.A.S (SWATC transfers only) 


International Certificate and Study Abroad
The School of Business has international partners in Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim. Selected partners may be found on the following website: http://www.suu.edu/business/international.html There are academic opportunities to study for short-term summer programs (2-3 weeks), for one term, or for an entire year which may result in a double degree. Consideration of such programs is based on a student’s GPA and adequate preparation for international study. Students can study at the Baccalaureate and Masters level. Contact the Sargon Heinrich Global Engagement Center at (435) 586-1995 or http://www.suu.edu/academics/studyabroad/.

An international certificate  may also be obtained from the SUU School of Business. The certificate requires 15 credit hours as follows:

  1. One course minimum in foreign language (3 credit hours minimum)
  2. One course in thematic studies (3 credit hours minimum)
  3. Two courses in international business (6 credit hours minimum)
  4. One study abroad experience (3 credit hours minimum)

A graduate international certificate may also be obtained. See SUU Business Advisor for details.

Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
A Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management may be obtained from the School of Business (any major). The certificate requires 15 credit hours as follows:

Hospitality Research Center

The Hospitality Research Center provides applied research opportunities for professors, profound learning opportunities for students, and strategic support to the hospitality and tourism industry.

The mission of the Hospitality Research Center is to conduct high quality applied research that contributes to the hospitality and tourism literature, as well as supports the hospitality and tourism industries. We will assist our students in becoming successful leaders and provide strategic support for hospitality and tourism leaders to make intelligent, informed decisions.
The objectives of the Hospitality Research Center are to:

  1. Engage faculty and students in the pursuit of projects, research, and collaborative proposals that advance the quality of education, at all levels, through the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of novel, innovative, and unique experiential educational practices.
  2. Establish a framework from which novel, innovative, and unique educational practice can be sustained and perpetuated at SUU, in the rural hospitality and tourism industry, local communities, and governmental agencies.
  3. Enrich the quality of education for students, faculty, hospitality and tourism industry leaders, and community members by providing opportunities to enhance life-long learning, leadership, effective collaboration, and provide access to a myriad of resources that advance best practices in hospitality and tourism.

SUU Business Resource Center (BRC), Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

77 North Main Street, Cedar City, UT 84720

Executive Director of BRC & SBDC: Craig Isom
(435) 586-4087

Regional Director of SBDC & PTAC: Joni Anderson
(435) 586-8883
Fax: (435) 586-4310


Our mission is to be southern Utah’s leader in facilitating small business development and entrepreneurship education. The SUUBRC engages in numerous activities to help start up and existing small businesses succeed. It coordinates and marshals the various resources needed by business owners.

The BRC services are primarily provided by the SBDC at Southern Utah University and its partners. Resources such as free one-on-one counseling services are available to small businesses and potential entrepreneurs. Assistance is provided for comprehensive business planning, market research, financial statement analysis, cash flow analysis, financial projections and other management issues. The SBDC also offers low cost training workshops on various business subjects.

SUU’s PTAC provides procurement technical assistance to businesses wanting to sell to the federal government, State of Utah, and other large organizations in the region– both public and private. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center is a free service offered to all eligible small businesses. Through PTAC, small businesses are linked to government sponsored web services designed to connect local small businesses with government contracts. These services are available to all businesses, whether they have been in business for years or are just starting up.

Other Information


Undergraduate and graduate business programs (ACCT, FIN, MGMT, MKTG, MBA, MAcc) in the School of Business are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Student Advising

Academic advisors assist students in selecting appropriate courses and a business major. All declared business majors and graduate students should make an appointment to meet with their academic advisor:


Scholarships are available to students demonstrating excellence in their business core classes. Students must submit the appropriate applications by February 1. Interested students should contact Student Financial Aid, Sharwan Smith Center, Room 167, (435) 586-7735.

Student Organizations

The best learning experiences include participation in organizations outside the classroom. Among the many student organizations of interest to business majors are the following:

  • PAC (Professional Accountancy Club)
  • PBL (Phi Beta Lambda - Professional Business Leaders)
  • SHRM (Society for Human Resource Club)
  • Collegiate DECA (Marketing)
  • Hospitality Management Guild
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society


Regional companies and governmental institutions provide exceptional opportunities for students to develop business skills in a “professional” environment. In addition, students may complete internships overseas or spend a semester or year abroad. Students’ internship assignments are jointly supervised by company management and SUU faculty members. Academic credit is awarded for internships and financial compensation is usually available. More information is available from the major department. 


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Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development

College Information

Interim Dean: Deb Hill
Old Main 212 ~ (435) 865-8628

Administrative Assistant/Education Licensure Coordinator:
Jan Neth
Old Main 211 ~ (435) 865-8320

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Administrative Assistant- Budget & Travel: Debi Smith
Old Main 213 ~ (435) 865-7800

Academic Advisor (Teacher Licensure Programs): Heather Ogden
Education Building 303 ~ (435) 586-5420

Academic Advisor (FLHD & Non-licensure P.E. Programs): Kevin Wilson
Academic Advising Center ~ (435) 586-5420

College Website: http://www.suu.edu/ed/
College Fax: (435) 865-8046


The College of Education and Human Development at Southern Utah University is composed of two departments: The Department of Teacher Education and Family Development , and The Department of Physical Education and Human Performance .

The Department of Teacher Education and Family Development

The Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP)  mission is to prepare new teachers who possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to positively impact learning for all students in diverse classroom environments.

Professional Graduate Studies  advance professional educators and develop education leaders who are advocates for students and education and further the mission of SUU’s PTEP.
Family Development includes Family Life and Human Development with either an Early Childhood Development or Family Service emphasis. Graduates are grounded in a strong foundation of early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practice, human development over the lifespan, marriage and family relationships and family services.

The Department of Physical Education and Human Performance

The Department of Physical Education and Human Performance , long recognized as the “Coaching Factory,” continues to lead the state and region in terms of providing the best trained and qualified coaches and physical educators. The Department includes, Athletic Training, Physical Education (includes Exercise Science, Coaching/Teaching), Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism and a Master’s Degree in Sports Conditioning and Performance.


The Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development views its primary mission as advancing education, human performance, and family development through knowledge compassion, and action. The College seeks to prepare and develop dynamic, professional educators, administrators, leaders, and career specialists who constantly search for truth and excellence through effective practice, collaboration, and scholarship.

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development is fortunate to have three tremendous facilities that provide students with state-of-the art technology, equipment, and learning centers. They are the J. L. Sorenson Physical Education Building, the Emma Eccles Jones Education Building and Old Main. In addition the College has several established programs with school districts, educational and governmental agencies, and public and private businesses that provide students with field experiences, internships, service, and career development opportunities. 

College Program Goals & Learning Outcomes

The College of Education and Human Development prepares caring, competent and knowledgeable professionals empowered to be productive citizens, socially responsible leaders, high achievers and lifelong learners. PTEP goals and learning outcomes align to the Utah Effective Teaching Standards and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards. Professional educators seeking graduate degrees and/or administrative endorsement meet the Highly Effective or Distinguished levels of the Utah Effective Teaching Standards and National Boards of Professional Teaching Standards as teachers and/or the Utah Educational Leadership Standards as administrators. Family Service goals and learning outcomes are aligned to the National Council on Family Relations, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) standards. The Department of Physical Education and Human Development goals and learning outcomes align with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education as well as professional standards in Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism. 

Degrees/Program Titles, Certificates and Centers

Graduate Degrees

Master of Education 
Master of Science in Sports Conditioning & Performance 

Undergraduate Degrees & Majors

Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science

Elementary Education, B.A. 
Elementary Education, B.S. 
Family Life and Human Development: Family Services, B.A. 
Family Life and Human Development: Family Services, B.S. 
Family Life and Human Development: Early Childhood Development, B.A. 
Family Life and Human Development: Early Childhood Development, B.S. 
Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism - Outdoor Education Emphasis, B.S. 
Physical Education - Exercise Science Emphasis, B.S. 
Physical Education - Teaching/Coaching Emphasis, B.S. 


Please see Professional Teacher Education Program Courses/Admissions and Licensure by the Utah State Office of Education for further information

Early Childhood Education (K-3)
Elementary Education (1-8)
Secondary Education (9-12)
Special Education – Mild/Moderate
Utah Administrative/Supervisory

Please note: No “D” grades will be accepted for licensure, including transfer courses.


English as a Second Language (ESL)
Elementary Mathematics
Education Technology
Gifted and Talented
K-12 Library Media
Music (Secondary)
K-12 Physical Education

Students are encouraged to obtain information and assistance from their academic advisor or department head as they set goals and determine programs of study. Program requirements are subject to change, and personal attention is given to help students select appropriate course work.


The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Review Board recommended unanimously, on June 23, 2009, that the College’s Professional Teacher Education Program and Leadership in Education and Administrative Development Program be fully accredited. All teacher preparation programs are aligned with Utah Effective Teaching Standards, Utah Educational Leadership Standards, InTASC (Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) and NBPTS (National Board Professional Teaching Standards) standards. The Physical Education Department’s Athletic Training major and program is accredited by the commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). 

Other Information 

Educational Outreach and Partnership

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development at Southern Utah University is committed to building quality collaborative partnerships between school districts, universities, government, and educational agencies in terms of professional development, curriculum development, and instructional delivery.

To facilitate this, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development has developed several strong partnerships with SUU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and several state, regional, and national agencies. These partnerships enable the College to provide for its students and faculty with the very best in programs, internships, work opportunities, hands-on learning experiences, and professional development growth.

The SUU-Iron County School District Partnership

Southern Utah University, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development, and the Iron County School District have enjoyed a long and productive partnership with the common goal of improving teaching and learning and enhancing student achievement.

Key areas of focus in the partnership include support, collaboration, and facilitation of The Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development. These include:

  • Elementary “Block” Teaching Preparation at North Elementary STEAM School
  • Secondary “Block” Teaching Preparation Programs
  • Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education Clinical Practice placements and Educational Leadership Intern placements at all district elementary, middle, and high schools.
  • Practicum opportunities for college students associated with Reading, ESL, Special Education, and other programs and courses.
  • Collaboration with the College of Science in the facilitation of the Cedar Mountain Science Center Annual Summer Outdoor Education Camps.
  • Continued support and collaboration with the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) which serves not only the Iron County School district, but the Millard, Beaver, Garfield, Kane, and Washington School Districts.
  • Facilitation of the artsFUSION Program and Arts Outreach Program.

Student Scholarships

Board of Trustees Scholarship
The SUU Board of Trustees Endowment is funded by members of the Board of Trustees and awarded to an outstanding student of junior class standing. One outstanding student is chosen from the College of Education and Human Development to apply for this award.

In terms of financial assistance for a student, this is one of the most prestigious scholarships offered by the University. The award is full tuition and student fees, plus $1000, for an IN-STATE student. If the student is non-resident, they will be responsible for the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.

Eccles Scholarships
Eccles Scholarships will be awarded to deserving male and female students from Utah (Intermountain West) who have excelled academically and personally in their lives. The Eccles scholarships are among the most prestigious on campus. Students should contact the College of Education and Human Development in at (435) 865-8320 for applications, requirements, and deadlines.

Beverley Taylor Sorensen Arts Education Scholarship
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Education Scholarship pays tuition and regular fees and will continue until the student graduates in Elementary Education with an additional 18 credits in Dance, Music, Visual Arts, or Theatre. Scholarship recipients must enroll for a minimum of 12 -18 credit hours each semester in order to maintain full-time status.

The program will also pay for credits earned in certain off-campus programs. All credits earned during such experiences, and paid for by the loan program must be applicable to the Elementary Education licensure program the recipient is pursuing. Contact (435) 865-8721 for application and additional information.

Terrel H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loans
Terrel H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loans are awarded for eight semesters of study to deserving Utah high school graduates who are entering the teaching profession in the state of Utah and who maintain a 3.0 GPA. These loans provide for payment of tuition and fees. Repayment is waived for each year an applicant teaches in the State of Utah. The deadline for submitting applications for the Terrel H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan is March 31. Interested high school students should contact their principal or superintendent about the program. Interested transfer or continuing students may contact SUU’s Education Department at (435) 865-8320, OM 211.

Departmental Scholarships
A variety of scholarships are available to students demonstrating potential for excellence in education studies. Students should contact the Department of Teacher Education and Family Development at (435) 586-7802 about available scholarships, requirements, and deadlines.

Student Organizations

In order to gain the greatest experience at SUU, participate in one of the excellent college student organizations. Among the many student organizations of interest to education majors are the following:

  • Education Club
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
  • Student Reading Council and Honor Society
  • Kappa Omicron Nu (FCS Honor Society)



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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

School Information

Dean: James H. McDonald
OM 205 ~ (435) 586-7898

Administrative Assistant: Kristine Frost
OM 203 ~ (435) 586-7898

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Academic Advisors:

Communication, Foreign Languages & Philosophy
Katya Konkle, katyakonkle@suu.edu,
Student Center 205 ~ (435) 865-8431

History & Sociology and Anthropology
Andrea Donovan ~ andreadonovan@suu.edu,
Student Center 177H ~ (435) 865-8427

English, Political Science & Criminal Justice
Aaron Templin, aarontemplin@suu.edu
Student Center 205 ~ (435) 865-8371

Jennifer Hedrick ~ hedrick@suu.edu
General Classroom 306D ~ (435) 865-8248

College Website: http://www.suu.edu/hss/
College Fax: (435) 586-7813


The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Southern Utah University is composed of six academic departments


The College of Humanities and Social Sciences seeks to create everyday leaders. The College supports excellence in education through a diverse, dynamic, and personalized academic environment that emphasizes engaged learning. We educate students to embody holistic knowledge, inspire critical thinking, possess dynamic oral and written communication skills, and become global citizens. Together, this education and training will equip students to make positive changes in their communities.


The College of Humanities and Social Sciences will become the premier liberal arts college in the intermountain West, providing the core intellectual and engaged learning experiences that prepare students for their role as active citizens and everyday leaders.

College/School Program Goals & Learning Outcomes

Academic Excellence:

With superior teaching as its centerpiece, academic excellence is the hallmark of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Highly qualified faculty members promote and encourage critical and creative thinking, participative educational experiences, applied research, and a supportive learning community. HSS is committed to an academic environment that encourages students to develop as scholars and citizens. Assessment of quality and continual improvement are hallmarks of the education experience with HSS.

Community and Social Responsibility:

Essential to the educational process is a sense of “community,” wherein collaboration, diversity, respect for all people, civility and shared governance are cultivated. The college encourages the discussion and exploration of differing views while recognizing the cherished individual freedom to reach one’s own conclusions. Developing students into productive, responsible citizens and future everyday leaders involves training and instilling ethics and values and the responsibilities one has toward others.

Involvement and Personal Growth:

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences encourages student growth and development by providing opportunities to broaden service, social, and cultural perspectives through campus and community involvement in Internships, Study Abroad, Service Learning, UGRASP, and Honors programs. HSS affirms that active participation in extra-curricular activities provides a holistic educational experience and helps prepare students to become responsible, caring members of society.

Degrees/Program Titles, Certificates and Centers

Graduate Degrees

Master of Arts in Professional Communication (M.A.) 
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) 
Master of Science in Forensic Science (M.S.F.S.)  

Undergraduate Degrees and Majors

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science


Communication - Communication Studies Emphasis, B.A. 
Communication - Communication Studies Emphasis, B.S.  

  • Corporate Communication Area - contact department
  • Interpersonal and Relational Area - contact department
  • Political Communication Area - contact department

Communication - Media Studies Emphasis, B.A. 
Communication - Media Studies Emphasis, B.S.  

  • Film Interest - contact department

Communication - Strategic Communication Emphasis, B.A 
Communication - Strategic Communication Emphasis, B.S.  


English - Literature Emphasis, B.A. 
English - Teaching Emphasis, B.A. 
English - Creative Writing Emphasis, B.A. 
English Composite - Secondary Education/Creative Writing Emphasis, B.A.  

Foreign Languages & Philosophy 

French Education 
Spanish, B.A. 
Spanish Education 

History, Sociology, and Anthropology 

History Major, B.A. 
History Major, B.S. 
History Teaching, B.A.  
History Teaching, B.S.  
Sociology Major, B.A. 
Sociology Major, B.S. 
Social Science Composite, B.A. 
Social Science Composite, B.S.  

Political Science and Criminal Justice

Political Science, B.A. 
Political Science, B.S. 
Criminal Justice, B.A. 
Criminal Justice, B.S. 
Criminal Justice - Forensic Science Emphasis, B.A. 
Criminal Justice - Forensic Science Emphasis, B.S.  


Psychology, B.A. 
Psychology, B.S.  

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) 

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, B.I.S.  

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Criminal Justice 
Paralegal/Legal Assistant   



Communication - Communication Studies Emphasis Minor  

  • Corporate, Interpersonal & Relational, Political Communication - contact department

Communication - Media Studies Emphasis Minor  

  • Film Interest - contact department

Communication - Strategic Communication Emphasis Minor  


English, Literature Emphasis 
English, Secondary Education Emphasis 
English, Creative Writing Emphasis  

Foreign Languages & Philosophy


History, Sociology, and Anthropology

History Teaching Minor 
Sustainability Studies 
Women and Gender Studies  

Political Science and Criminal Justice 

Political Science 
Criminal Justice 
Legal Studies  




Leadership Certificate 


Communication Speech Writing Certificate  



Secondary Education Licensure  

Other Information

Student Advising

Students are assisted in selecting appropriate general education courses and major and minor courses through the joint efforts of College academic advisors and faculty.

  • Students interested in Psychology should contact Jennifer Hedrick, GC 306D, (435) 865-8248, Hedrick@suu.edu.
  • Students interested in Communications, Foreign Languages, Philosophy should contact Katya Konkle, ST 205G, (435) 865-8431, katyakonkle@suu.edu.
  • Students interested in History, Sociology, or Anthropology should contact Andrea Donovan, ST 177H, (435) 865-8427, andreadonovan@suu.edu.
  • Students interested in English, Political Science and Criminal Justice should contact Aaron Templin, ST205T, (435) 865-8371, aarontemplin@suu.edu

Student Scholarships

Academic scholarships are available for students with outstanding academic credentials. College and department scholarships are available for students who demonstrate strong academic and leadership potential in the humanities and social sciences. Students must submit applications by February 1. Interested students should contact the Financial Aid Office, Sharwan Smith Center, Room 167, (435) 586-7535.

Student Organizations

The way to get the best experience is to participate in one of the excellent college student organizations. Among the many student organizations, the following are of particular interest to majors in the humanities and social sciences:

  • Alpha Chi
  • Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology)
  • Alpha Phi Sigma (criminal justice)
  • Lambda Pi Eta (communication)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (political science)
  • Psi Chi (psychology)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (history)
  • Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English)
  • Public Relations Student Society of America (Communication)
  • Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi


Excellent internship opportunities are available for students in most disciplines of the college. Interns are able to gain valuable practical educational experience, academic credit, and often financial compensation. Internships significantly enhance career opportunities for students. Students interested in internships should contact the appropriate academic department; The Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service at (435) 586-7868; or The Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative at (435) 586-7738.

Archeology Repository

Curator: Barbara Frank
Electronic Learning Center ~ (435) 586-7870

The repository serves as the only official depository in Southern Utah permitted to archive cultural artifacts removed from public and private lands. Located on the first level of the Electronic Learning Center, the repository contains artifacts culturally affiliated with the Puebloan groups, specifically the virgin Anasazi, the Fremont, and the Neo-Archaic Southern Paiutes. The artifacts have been deposited from field work done by the SUU Archeology field School, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. This repository was selected as the site for all the artifacts found in the recent work on the Escalante-Grand Staircase Monument. The repository is open by appointment.


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College of Performing and Visual Arts

School Information

Dean: Shauna T. Mendini
South Hall 101C ~ (435) 865-8561

Administrative Assistant: Clarisse Lunt
South Hall 101B ~ (435) 865-8561

Fine Arts Hotline: (435) 865-8800

Academic Advisor: Stephen Wagner
ST 205Q ~ (435) 586-5420

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Arts Administration Graduate Program Director: Rachel Bishop
Burch Mann House - (435) 586-7873

Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator: Michael French
Burch Mann House - (435) 865-8667

Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery Director: Reece Summers
BC 101 ~ (435) 586-5433

Center for Shakespeare Studies Director: Dr. Don Weingust
South Hall 101A ~ (435) 865-8562

College web site: http://www.suu.edu/pva/
Fine Arts web site: http://www.suu.edu/arts/
Braithwaite Gallery web site: http://www.suu.edu/pva/artgallery/
Center for Shakespeare Studies web site: http://www.suu.edu/shakespeare/
College Fax: (435) 865-8580 


The College of Performing and Visual Arts at Southern Utah University is composed of three academic departments, the Arts Administration Master of Fine Arts Graduate program, two centers and two affiliated professional organizations.

Our Programs

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) offers undergraduate degrees in the departments of Art & Design, Music, and Theatre Arts & Dance and an interdisciplinary Minor in Shakespeare Studies. In addition, we offer a comprehensive MFA graduate degree in Arts Administration and an online M.A. graduate degree in Arts Administration. The curriculum and the effort of the highly qualified faculty and dedicated staff are further enhanced by affiliations with the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, the Halversen String Quartet, and the American Folk Ballet.

Our Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni

We seek students who are highly motivated, dedicated, enthusiastic, disciplined, creative, and resourceful. We also challenge our faculty, staff, and students to achieve the highest standards of excellence. Graduates of the College of Performing and Visual Arts find successful careers in education as arts teachers or as artists, designers, musicians, performers, production specialists, scholars or arts administrators. Our graduates are regularly admitted to nationally prominent graduate and professional schools. 


The SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts will be a catalyst for students in realizing their creative potential. 

College/School Learning Outcomes & Goals

  • Acquaint all SUU students with the life-affirming value of the performing and visual arts;
  • Create positive learning environments for majors as they seek to develop a life-long involvement in the arts and arts education;
  • Offer a comprehensive curriculum and programming designed to give students opportunities to develop as artists, educators, and scholars;
  • Sponsor events to enrich the quality of life on the campus and in the community;
  • Empower and support our faculty and staff to be highly effective teachers, mentors, artists, scholars, and administrators.

Our mission and strategic goals are focused on making the arts vital, visible, accessible, innovative, and an integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of Southern Utah University and the Intermountain West.

Degrees/Program Titles, Certificates and Centers

Graduate Degrees

Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration 
Master of Arts in Art Administration (Online) 

Undergraduate Degrees and Majors

Art and Design

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Arts in Art 
Bachelor of Science in Art 
Bachelor of Arts in Art History 
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education 
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts

Ceramics/Sculpture Emphasis 
Illustration Emphasis 
Painting/Drawing/Printmaking Emphasis 
Photography Emphasis 


Secondary Art Education 


Art History 
Graphic Design 
Museum Studies 
Elementary Education Art   

Theatre Arts & Dance

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Theatre Arts, B.A. 
Theatre Arts, B.S. 
Theatre Arts - Secondary Theatre Education, BA 
Theatre Arts - Secondary Theatre Education, BS 
Dance Education, BA 
Dance Education, BS 
Dance Performance, BA 
Dance Performance, BS 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre

Classical Acting Emphasis 
Musical Theatre Emphasis 
Theatre Design & Technology Emphasis 


Secondary Theatre Education 
Secondary Dance Education 


Theatre Arts 
Dance Performance 
Shakespeare Studies   


Bachelor of Music Degree

Instrumental Emphasis 
Vocal Emphasis 
Piano Emphasis 

Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor of Music Education

Secondary Choral Emphasis 
Secondary Instrumental Emphasis 


Bachelor of Music Education, Secondary 



Other Information


Southern Utah University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the SUU Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and Art & Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Student Advising

Students receive general academic support as well as assistance in selecting appropriate majors and courses through the joint efforts of faculty advisors, the academic advisor for the College of Performing and Visual Arts and the Academic and Career Development Center. All students are strongly encouraged to see their advisors at least once a semester. The Performing and Visual Arts Academic advisor can be contacted in the Sharwan Smith Center, Room 205Q, by phone at (435) 586-7814 or at stephenwagner@suu.edu

Student Scholarships

Departmental scholarships are available for students who are accepted into both Southern Utah University and the respective department.

Art and Design Majors

Scholarship recipients are determined based on a portfolio of well-taken images on a CD, photos, slides, or actual portfolio. Applications can be found at: http://www.suu.edu/pva/art/finaid.html, or contact the Department of Art and Design, (435) 586-7962, e-mail artanddesign@suu.edu. Applications must be received no later than February 20 for the following fall semester. Departmental scholarships must be renewed each year.

Dance Majors

Scholarship recipients are determined during the spring placement auditions, which take place in January and February for the following fall semester. For an audition application form, contact the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, (435) 586-7746 or by e-mail at theatreanddance@suu.edu. Students who live an extended distance from Cedar City, UT may submit an audition video.

Music Majors

Scholarship recipients are determined during the spring placement auditions, which take place in January and February for the following fall semester. Auditions are by appointment only. To arrange for an audition, please contact the Music Department at, (435) 586-7890 or by email at musicdept@suu.edu. Students who live an extended distance from Cedar City, UT may submit an audition video.

Theatre Majors

Scholarship recipients are determined during the spring placement auditions, which take place in February for the following fall semester. For an audition application form, contact the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, (435) 586-7746 or by e-mail at theatreanddance@suu.edu. Students who live an extended distance from Cedar City, UT may submit an audition video.

Interested students are strongly advised to apply for general scholarships offered by SUU. The deadline is February 1. Contact Student Financial Aid, Sharwan Smith Center, Room ST 16, (435) 586-7735.

Special Requirements & Options

Art majors are required to present Art Foundation portfolios for faculty review when they have completed or enrolled in all the Foundation courses or 25 credit hours in art.

Student Organizations

Participating in one of the excellent student organizations is a good way to get the most from one’s college experience. Among the many student organizations, the following are of particular interest to majors in the Performing and Visual Arts:

  • Alpha Psi Omega - Theatre
  • Ballroom Dance Company
  • Design Group@SUU - Graphic Design
  • NAFME Music Club
  • National Art Education Student Association (NAESA)
  • Orchesis - Dance
  • Percussion Club - Music
  • Photography Club - Art
  • Rhapsody in Red Club - Music
  • Second Studio - Theatre
  • SUU Ceramics Guild - Art
  • The Fooles Assembly Juggling Club - Theatre
  • Thunderpress Club (letterpress printing) - Art
  • USITT-Theatre (United States Institute for Theatre Technology)
  • Walking Lizard Printers Guild - Art

Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery

The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery was established in January 1976 and named in honor of Dr. Royden C. Braithwaite, who served as president of the University from 1955 to 1978. The gallery is a cultural resource center for the visual arts, serving a broad rural geographic region.

A variety of local, regional, and major national touring exhibitions are presented throughout the year, including an annual faculty exhibit and several student exhibitions. The gallery staff coordinates workshops for schools, special events, undergraduate and post-graduate internships, and special activities sponsored by the Friends of the Gallery.

For more information, contact the gallery at (435) 586-5432. Current exhibition information is online at http://www.suu.edu/pva/artgallery.

Center for Shakespeare Studies

The Center for Shakespeare Studies (CSS) is committed to furthering study and understandings of the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries both as literature and performance. The CSS engages in and promotes academic research, literary and production dramaturgy, and educational and related programming. The Center facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty who teach in subject areas concerned with Shakespeare’s time, works and practices, and of the early modern period more widely. These subject areas include but are not limited to theatre and dance, literature and languages, politics, philosophy and history, including histories of art, music, society and culture. The CSS is a scholarly resource for SUU students, faculty and staff, the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) and other theatre organizations, educators and the general public, and other faculty and scholars in the State of Utah and beyond, both nationally and internationally. The Center houses SUU’s new interdisciplinary Minor in Shakespeare Studies.

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Founded in 1961 as a destination theatre in partnership with Southern Utah University, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is committed to entertain, enrich, and educate audiences through professional production of Shakespeare and other master dramatists, as well as through numerous additional activities, including free Greenshow’s and seminars and numerous classes which can include SUU credit. The Festival now performs six plays each summer season and three each fall, as well as a new plays series, the New American Playwrights Project. Professional actors, directors and designers come from all over the world to work at the Festival. The Adams Shakespeare Theatre on the SUU campus is considered one of the finest, most authentic Elizabethan Theatres in the world, and the indoor Randall L. Jones Theatre is so beautiful and functional it was featured in Architecture magazine in 1990 when it opened. The Festival was awarded the 2000 Tony Award as the Outstanding Regional Theatre in America, in recognition of its world-class production values and acting. Every year a number of students from SUU’s music, theatre arts and dance departments are employed as actors, technicians, musicians and dancers at the Festival. Current information is online at http://www.bard.org.


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Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science and Engineering

School Information

Dean: Robert L. Eves
Science Center 310A ~ (435) 586-1934

Interim Associate Dean: Eric M. Freden
Science Center 311~ (435) 865-8298

Administrative Assistant: Barbara Rodriguez
Science Center 310 ~ (435) 586-7920

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Academic Advisors:
Sharon Brown, brownsh@suu.edu, TH 118, (435) 865-8702
(A-G) Brian Godfrey, briangodfrey@suu.edu, SC 304, (435) 865-8703
(H-N) Reko Hargrave, rekohargrave@suu.edu, SC 304, (435) 865-8703
(O-Z) Brittney Hernandez, brittneyhernandez@suu.edu, SC 304, (435) 865-8703

Academic Enhancement Coordinator:
Jessica Burr, jessicaburr@suu.edu, TH 131, (435) 865-8090

College Website: http://www.suu.edu/cose
Advising Website: http://www.suu.edu/cose/advisement.html
College Fax: (435) 865-8550


The College of Science & Engineering at Southern Utah University is composed of six academic departments and the School of Computing and Technology.


The Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science and Engineering is made up of academic programs in agriculture, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering and technology, geography, geology, information systems, mathematics, nursing, nutrition, and interdisciplinary studies. These programs are housed in the departments of Agriculture and Nutrition Science, Biology, Integrated Engineering, Mathematics, Nursing, Physical Science and the School of Computing and Technology. We operate or participate in the operation of several special learning environments for students that include a Keck Foundation sponsored undergraduate research lab, an astronomical observatory, a GIS lab, a certified water lab, a scanning electron microscopy lab, the Garth & Jerri Frehner Natural History Museum, the Cedar Mountain Science Center, the Dahle Green House, the Valley Farm, a Computer Forensic Lab, a Networking and Security Lab, the James E. Bowns Herbarium and the Mountain Ranch. We serve as the center of learning for the undergraduate STEM programs offered at SUU. We also serve as the resource center of scientific knowledge and expertise for southern Utah. The purpose of the College of Science and Engineering is to provide comprehensive classroom and experiential learning that emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, and communication in STEM. The faculty is committed to providing high-quality education, individual guidance and assistance to students, and helping them grow intellectually, professionally and personally while pursuing their academic goals.


The College of Science and Engineering will be nationally recognized as a premier institution of learning known for enabling its students to honor thought and accomplishment in all of its finest forms, achieve excellence in their chosen field, and create positive change in the world. Our graduates will demonstrate high levels of academic achievement through admission to graduate and professional schools and/or gainful employment. Our faculty will model engaged pedagogy and scholarly activities, thereby increasing the value of our students’ degrees.


The values and beliefs that guide the College of Science & Engineering in all activities and serve as our basic foundation are:

1. Undergraduate education is our highest priority.
2. Well-planned and executed, pedagogically sound classroom, laboratory, and outdoor educational activities are expected.
3. Life-long learning will be modeled by our faculty by being professionally active and productive scholars in their fields.

College/School Program Goals & Learning Outcomes

The observable, measurable goals of the College of Science and Engineering and our objectives by which we will accomplish them are:

  1. Goal: Prepare students for graduate and professional schools.
    Objective: Offer coursework and active, engaged learning experiences appropriate to the prerequisites of specified post-baccalaureate programs.
    Assessment: tabulate student reportage on application/acceptance to post-baccalaureate programs.
  2. Goal: prepare students for careers using their baccalaureate degree.
    Objective: offer coursework appropriate for employment related to departmental majors or minors.
    Assessment: require standardized, nationally-normed tests where available and regularly evaluate curricula to assure currency and appropriateness.
  3. Goal: develop skills in analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and communication.
    Objective: offer well-planned and pedagogically sound learning experiences.
    Assessment: annually examine and evaluate course syllabi, course materials, and student research experiences.
  4. Goal: provide hands-on experiences with state-of-the-art scientific instruments and equipment.
    Objective: provide coursework and research opportunities that include opportunities to use equipment.
    Assessment: inventory and maintain current, and continuously update, need for future equipment.
  5. Goal: provide highly skilled professors that are also respected scholars.
    Objective: recruit Ph.D. - prepared faculty, reward good teaching, encourage faculty to conduct funded research and publish results, and encourage participation in professional organizations.
    Assessment: annually evaluate faculty performances in teaching, scholarship, service, and collegiality using criteria and performance standards developed by Departments and the college.
  6. Goal: provide special, unique learning opportunities.
    Objective: utilize the valley Farm, Mountain Ranch, Cedar Mountain Science Center, Ashcroft Observatory, Dahle Greenhouse, Voyager Mobile Science Lab, High Performance Parallel Computing, Computer Forensics Lab, Networking Lab, Water Lab, Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab, Material Science and Fluids Lab, CNC Machine Shop, the Garth & Jerri Frehner Natural History Museum, James E. Bowns Herbarium, the GIS lab, and the Keck Molecular Genetics and Ecology labs, Internships with industry and government, and Community Partnerships.
    Assessment: annually evaluate the use of our specialized learning environments.
  7. Goal: maximize the utilization of our unique community and geographic resources.
    Objective: foster and strengthen community and agency relationships.
    Assessment: annually evaluate community and agency interaction.

Degrees/Program Titles, Certificates and Centers

Undergraduate Degrees & Majors

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science  


Biology, B.A. 
Biology, B.S. 
Biology- Education, B.A. 
Biology- Education, B.S.  

Physical Science

Teacher Education Emphasis, B.A. 
Teacher Education Emphasis, B.S.  

School of Computing and Technology

Construction Management Composite, B.A. 
Construction Management Composite, B.S. 
Engineering Technology Composite - CAD/CAM-Architectural/Civil Design Emphasis, B.A. 
Engineering Technology Composite - CAD/CAM-Architectural/Civil Design Emphasis, B.S. 
Engineering Technology Composite - CAD/CAM Emphasis, B.A. 
Engineering Technology Composite - CAD/CAM Emphasis, B.S. 
Engineering Technology Composite - CAD/GIS Emphasis, B.A. 
Engineering Technology Composite - CAD/GIS Emphasis, B.S. 
Engineering Technology Composite - Electronics Emphasis, B.A. 
Engineering Technology Composite - Electronics Emphasis, B.S. 
Technology Education Composite with Career and Technical Emphasis, B.A.  (this program is currently not accepting students)
Technology Education Composite with Career and Technical Emphasis, B.S.  (this program is currently not accepting students)

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies    (see Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, B.I.S.  ) 

Agricultural Science and Industry, B.I.S.  

In addition to the Agricultural Science and Industry BIS, other examples of customized combinations of academic disciplines that could be assembled into a BIS degree include Animal Science, Plant Science, General Agriculture, Natural Resources/Range Management, Environmental Studies, Geology, GIS, Criminology, Business, Computer Science, Sociology, Statistics, and Political Science.

Bachelor of Science  

Agriculture and Nutrition Science

Human Nutrition - Allied Health Emphasis, B.S. 
Human Nutrition - Pre-Dietetics Emphasis, B.S.  


Chemistry - Teacher Education Emphasis, B.S. 
Chemistry Composite - Forensic Emphasis, B.S. 
Chemistry Composite - Health Care Emphasis, B.S. 
Chemistry Composite - Professional Emphasis, B.S.  


Geology Composite - Professional Emphasis, B.S.  

Integrated Engineering

Integrated Engineering, B.S.  


Mathematics - Emphasis in Actuarial Science, B.S. 
Mathematics - Emphasis in Education, B.S. 
Mathematics - Emphasis in Pure Mathematics, B.S.  


Nursing - Pre-Licensure Emphasis, B.S. 
Nursing - RN to BSN Emphasis, B.S.   

School of Computing and Technology

Computer Science Composite, B.S. 
Computer Science Composite - Forensic Science Emphasis, B.S. 
Information Systems Composite, B.S.  

Associate of Applied Science  

Agriculture and Nutrition Science

Agriculture: Livestock Farm Management, A.A.S. 
Equine Studies, A.A.S.  

School of Computing and Technology

CAD/CAM Technology, A.A.S. 
Construction Technology, A.A.S. 
Engineering Technology-Electronics Emphasis, A.A.S. 
General Technology with an emphasis in one of the following fields:
Business Emphasis, A.A.S 
Construction Technology Emphasis, A.A.S  

Information Technology with an emphasis in one of the following fields:
Networking/Telecommunications Emphasis 
Information Technology Emphasis 
Computer and Information Systems Security Emphasis  

Associate of Pre-Engineering  

Pre-Engineering, A.P.E.  

Certificate Program  

Agriculture: Livestock Farm Management   (Gainful Employment Disclosure)
Civil Drafting/CAD   (Gainful Employment Disclosure)
Construction Technology   (Gainful Employment Disclosure)
Geographic Information System  (Gainful Employment Disclosure)


Actuarial Mathematics 
CAD/CAM Technology 
Chemistry Teacher Education 
Computer Science (Non-Teaching) 
Computer Science Emphasis in Teacher Education 
Computer Science Emphasis in Forensics 
Construction Technology 
Electronics Technology 
Geography Teacher Education 
Geology Teacher Education 
Information Systems (Non-Teaching) 
Mathematics Education 
Human Nutrition 
Physics Teacher Education 
Pure Mathematics Emphasis   

The requirements and programs of study in each of the college’s departments are listed on the departments’ section of this e-catalog.

Other Information


In 2010, The Chemistry, professional emphasis program obtained approval from the American Chemical Society (ACS), the established national chemical oversight organization. Approval of our Chemistry, professional emphasis program assures that SUU graduates meet national standards in curriculum and preparation for graduate studies.

The Integrated Engineering Program, Computer Science Composite, Computer Science Composite- Forensic Emphasis and Information Systems Composite degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Board for  Engineering and Technology (ABET), the recognized U.S. accreditor of university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. Accreditation ensures the quality of the postsecondary education students receive.

Student Advising

Students are assisted in selecting appropriate majors and planning for courses through the joint efforts of faculty advisors, the Student Services Center and the College of Science & Engineering professional advisors: Ms. Brittney Hernandez, Science Center, Room SC 304B, (435) 865-8703, brittneyhernandez@suu.edu; Ms. Sharon Brown, Engineering & Technology Building, Room 118, (435) 865-8702, brownsh@suu.edu, Mr. Brian Godfrey, Science Center, Room SC 304C, (435) 865-8703, briangodfrey@suu.edu or Mr. Reko Hargrave, Science Center 304A, rekohargrave@suu.edu. Cognizance and successful completion of graduation requirements, however, are the responsibility of the student.

Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary, & other Health Professions Curricula

For a more complete list of these programs, please refer to Other Programs of Study . Note that the courses that you take toward a preprofessional program are determined in part by the intended transfer institution (e.g. the U. of Utah’s Medical School or the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State U., etc.) therefore, you should coordinate closely with the admission requirements of the institution to which you plan to apply as well as the requirements for graduation from SUU. Undergraduate research experience is essential for admission to most of these programs.

Pre-Graduate School

Plan your SUU baccalaureate degree with sufficient Math and Science courses to qualify you for admission to the graduate program of your choice. Be cognizant of the admission requirements of the graduate program of your choice. Undergraduate research experience is essential for admission to graduate school programs.

Student Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students demonstrating potential for excellence in disciplines within the College of Science and Engineering. During the 2012-2013 academic year over $162,000 in scholarships were distributed among College of Science & Engineering majors. Students must submit the appropriate applications by February 1. Interested students should contact Student Financial Aid, Sharwan Smith Center, Room ST 167, (435) 586-7735.

Student Organizations

The way to get the best SUU experience is to participate in one of the excellent college student organizations. Among the many student organizations of interest to College of Science and Engineering majors are the following:

  • Agriculture Club
  • American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter (ACS) / Chem Club
  • Biology Club
  • Computer Club
  • COSE Leadership Board
  • Ecology Club (University Chapter)
  • Engineering Club
  • Kappa Omicron Nu
  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon (National Earth Science Honorary Society)
  • Geology Club
  • Math Club
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • PA Club (Physician Assistant)
  • Phi Beta Lambda
  • Skills USA
  • Student Nurse Association
  • Utah Wildlife Society

Special Learning Environments

The College of Science & Engineering operates, or partners with, several special programs that provide students opportunities for enrichment of their classroom learning:

The Cedar Mountain Science Center offers summer science camps for children and courses for pre-service teachers and in-service teachers, held at the College Cabin on the SUU 2,629 acre mountain ranch property. For more information go to http://suu.edu/cose/center

Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit provides students and faculty with opportunities among all state and federal lands. Cedar Breaks National Monument, the U.S. Forest Service, and the BLM all have Cedar City offices and work closely with SUU.

The Valley Farm offers both classroom and real world experience on an operating farm and ranch setting in Cedar City, within minutes from the main campus. For further information, see http://suu.edu/cose/agns or contact lambeth@suu.edu (435) 865-8321

The SUU Ashcroft Observatory offers college credit courses and weekly community astronomical viewing activities located near the SUU Valley Farm. Phone (435) 586-1409 or see suu.edu/cose/physci/physics/observatory.html for more information.

The G.I.S. Lab offers college course work and services to community and regional planners requiring expertise in geospatial mapping.

The Garth & Jerri Frehner Natural History Museum offers campus and community members the opportunity to view museum specimens from our regional ecosystems. For more information go to http://suu.edu/cose/museum/ or call (435) 865-8549.

The SUU Water Lab is a certified analytical lab that offers students specialized training in analytical techniques and services to the public for their water quality needs. (435) 586-7914

The Rural Health Scholars Program is an enhancement program for pre-health students planning to apply to graduate-level programs. These students include but are not limited to the following: Pre-medical, podiatry, optometry, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing.

The program provides opportunities for students in the following areas: Research, community service, job shadowing, patient exposure, MCAT/DAT/PCAT Prep, application assistance, enhanced advising, cultural immersion experiences in health care, medical skill training, Medical Spanish, and special seminars. Call (435) 865-8520 or see https://www.suu.edu/ahec/index.html for more information.

The Alliances for Education (Between SUU and Bryce Canyon National Park and the Zion Canyon National Park Group) is a ground-breaking educational partnership with the National Park Service that provides SUU students and faculty with opportunities to conduct research, classes, internships, and other educational activities with and within the National Parks.

Mountain Ranch Forest Stewardship Plan and Demonstration Forest Memorandum of Understanding (between SUU and the Utah Department of Natural Resources and Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands) is a program that will utilize the forest and range resources of the SUU Mountain Ranch, promote sound forest management and provide a demonstration forest to educate SUU students, faculty and staff, Division staff, natural resource professionals, the public, and others about the techniques and outcomes of forest and range management.

Voyager Mobile Science Lab (funded by a Congressionally directed grant) is a program developed to increase the teaching of science in elementary schools. Pre-service teachers enrolled as elementary education majors at SUU or involved in the science teacher education programs take science curricula and the necessary science equipment to participating rural elementary schools where they assist in-service teachers with lesson instruction. For more information go to suu.edu/cose/voyager/

Internships - Many companies and governmental institutions provide exceptional opportunities for students to develop skills in a professional environment. Students’ internship assignments are jointly supervised by company management and Southern Utah University faculty members. Academic credit is awarded for internships and financial compensation may be available. More information is available from the department.


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University College

School Information

Dean: Patrick Clarke
AD 304E ~ (435) 586-5479

Associate Dean: John “Jeb” Branin
AD 304D ~ (435) 586-5424

Dean’s Administrative Assistant: Debra Pool
AD 304 ~ (435) 865-8582

Associate Dean’s Administrative Assistant: Vicki Nielsen
ST 205 ~ (435) 586-7808

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College Website: http://www.suu.edu/uc
College Fax: (435) 586-7921 


EDGE (Education Designed to Give Experience) Program

Preparing for, and completing, your EDGE Project is a process where you can construct a hands-on learning project of your own and help decide how it advances your education. You can choose to connect your project to your major or you can pursue another area of interest. This process can give students at SUU a superior academic experience and is a requirement for graduation with a bachelor’s degree.

Experiential Education (as in “to experience something” outside the classroom) is a process that gives students at SUU an excellent academic experience and helps give SUU students an edge in applying their learning beyond the classroom.


Step 1: Exploration & Fact Finding

Register: UNIV 1010 - EDGE Program Introduction 
The idea of this first class is to help expose you to the many different experiential education and engaged learning options available at SUU and fire your imagination for creating your own EDGE Project.

Step 2: Create an Idea for Your EDGE Project

Use your imagination, curiosity, experience, passions, and academic interests to come up with a hands-on learning project that is uniquely yours!
Many students want to complete their EDGE Project by participating in ongoing programs at SUU. This page http://www.suu.edu/uc/edge/projects.html will give you a few examples of programs that you can participate in to complete your EDGE Project.
There is no class for step two but you should create your project and move to step three sometime before you’ve earned 75 credits.

Step 3: Organizing & Preparing A Proposal

Register: UNIV 3925 - EDGE Project Proposal: [Engagement Center] 
You start this class by choosing which engagement center you want to do your project through. You will explain what you want to do for your project and create a proposal to communicate your ideas to faculty who will help you fine tune and define your learning outcomes. When you successfully complete this class you will have your project approved.

You may take UNIV 3925 any time after completing UNIV 1010, but before you register for this class you should have an idea of what EDGE Project you want to create. .
Samples of Experiential Activities:

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Internship
  • Service-Learning
  • Study Abroad
  • Individualized Learning
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Product Development/Enhancement
  • Develop Leadership Skills
Step 4: Formal Engagement

Complete Your Project
After you finish UNIV 3925 (and have had your proposal approved) you get to do your project! The project can be connected to something that has credit or it can be a non-credit bearing activity. The project can be in any field you are interested in regardless of your major.

Step 5: Post Activity Reflection & Synthesis

Register: UNIV 4925 - EDGE Program Completion: [Engagement Center] 
After you complete your project you will take UNIV 4925 in which you reflect on your project. You will develop different ways in which you can share your project and what you learned with others. You will get to showcase your final project.


 University College at Southern Utah University has a threefold mission: 

 1- University College provides services and resources for students who have yet to declare a major.

Services include:

  • Academic advising
  • Career coaching
  • Aptitude, skills, and interest testing
  • Courses in personal development, the decision making process, and career preparation

2- University College serves students in their academic development and career preparation through centers and programs focused on transitional academic services including career preparation services, academic advising, and support programs for those on academic probation.

Services include:

  • Career and professional development
  • Academic advising
  • Tutoring
  • Testing

3- University College promotes and facilitates significant experiential learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.

Experiential Engagement Centers within University College include:

  • Community Engagement Center
  • Creativity Engagement Center
  • Harry Reid Center for Outdoor Engagement
  • Leadership Engagement Center
  • Sargon Heinrich Global Engagement Center 

Degrees/Program Titles, Services and Centers


Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, B.I.S. 
Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, B.A.  
Bachelor of Science in General Studies, B.S. 

For further information regarding the B.I.S. or B.S./B.A. in General Studies degrees, please visit www.suu.edu/uc

Services and Centers



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Gerald R. Sherratt Library



Dean: John Eye
LIB 302C, (435) 586-8392

Administrative Assistant: Sheri Butler
LB 303K - (435) 586-7947

Library Media Program Director: Verlene Schafer
LB 303C - (435) 865-8031

Administrative Assistant: Mikki Shakespear
LB 302, (435) 865-8172

Circulation: Linda Liebhardt
LB 102 - (435) 865-8240

Copy Center: Trecia Loveland
LB 104 - (435) 865-8440

Interlibrary Loan: Phil Dillard
LB 102 - (435) 586-7938

Reference Desk
LB 100 - (435) 865-8040

Special Collections
LB 005 - (435) 586-7945

Library Website: http://library.suu.edu
Phone: (435) 586-7947
Fax: (435) 865-8152

Faculty/Librarians: Professors: John Eye, Matt Nickerson; 
Associate Professors: Vik Brown, Richard Eissinger, Scott Lanning, Janet Seegmiller; 
Assistant Professors: Loralyn Felix, Steven Irving, Philip Roché, Verlene Schafer

Programs/Degrees Offered



The mission of the Gerald R. Sherratt Library is to ensure access to global information within a personalized learning environment by collecting, organizing, preserving, disseminating and creating information for the university community. The role of the library is to actively stimulate the optimum use of information resources by developing information literacy skills that support the university curriculum, student and faculty research, and public service. Unique to our mission is the training of instructional media professionals.


As the academic center of the University, the Sherratt Library promotes scholarship and lifelong learning to its community by providing quality resources, responsive services, and effective information literacy education in a constantly evolving environment.

Learning Outcomes/ Goals

Information Literacy Learning Outcomes

ACRL 2004 Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
  • Standard One: The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
  • Standard Two: The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • Standard Three: The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
  • Standard Four: The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
  • Standard Five: The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

Library Goals

ACRL 2011 Standards for Libraries in Higher Education
  1. Institutional Effectiveness: Libraries define, develop, and measure outcomes that contribute to institutional effectiveness and apply findings for purposes of continuous improvement.
  2. Professional Values: Libraries advance professional values of intellectual freedom, intellectual property rights and values, user privacy and confidentiality, collaboration, and user-centered service.
  3. Educational Role: Libraries partner in the educational mission of the institution to develop and support information-literate learners who can discover, access, and use information effectively for academic success, research, and lifelong learning.
  4. Discovery: Libraries enable users to discover information in all formats through effective use of technology and organization of knowledge.
  5. Collections: Libraries provide access to collections sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, format, and currency to support the research and teaching mission of the institution.
  6. Space: Libraries are the intellectual commons where users interact with ideas in both physical and virtual environments to expand learning and facilitate the creation of new knowledge.
  7. Management/Administration: Libraries engage in continuous planning and assessment to inform resource allocation and to meet their mission effectively and efficiently.
  8. Personnel: Libraries provide sufficient number and quality of personnel to ensure excellence and to function successfully in an environment of continuous change.
  9. External Relations: Libraries engage the campus and broader community through multiple strategies in order to advocate, educate, and promote their value.

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  • The main collection of approximately 300,000 items supports the curriculum of the University.
  • Over 45,000 periodicals, most of them full-text, are available online.
  • Print and online federal and state government documents.
  • The media collection includes video tapes, DVD’s, computer programs, recordings, pictures, CD’s, audio books, charts, maps, and models.
  • The juvenile collection contains fiction and non-fiction titles supporting education programs.
  • The curriculum collection contains textbooks used in K-12 schools.
  • Special Collections contains materials that are rare, expensive, or in need of special handling.


  • Interlibrary Loan enables access through a network of more than 3,000 libraries to books and journal articles not available at SUU.
  • The copy center provides copy machines, printing and production services and supplies.
  • Over 100 computers provide access to the online library collection and electronic databases.
  • Wireless access is available throughout the library.
  • Quiet study space is available throughout the library including the Huntsman Reading Room and 14 study rooms which are equipped with computers and projectors for collaborative work.
  • Tbird Texts: Many general education text books available for 2 hour check out within the library.


School of Continuing and Professional Studies


Please contact the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the SUU Community Outreach Center ~
136 West Center Street, Cedar City, UT 84720
Phone: (435) 586-7850
Website: https://www.suu.edu/graduatestudies/


Mark Atkinson Dean
Susan Durfee Director of Operations
September Lutterman Director of Community Education
Lisa Swanson Accountant
Karl Stevens Director of SUU Online
Shane Flanigan SUU Online: IVC Hub Facilitator
Ean Harker SUU Online: Instructional Designer
Michelle Thayer SUU Online: Instructional Design Specialist
Andrea Stiefvater Director of ESL
Robert Goodman ESL: Academic Coordinator
Cindy Hailstone ESL: Administrative Assistant II

Continuing & Professional Studies


With learners as our focus, the mission of the School of Continuing & Professional Studies is to facilitate and provide educational outreach opportunities to our community and the diverse learner groups of Southern Utah University. Our professional focus includes academic excellence, experiential engagement of learners, and technology.

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies facilitates traditional and nontraditional educational opportunities for all types of students. It works closely with the University’s academic departments and colleges. Options for lifelong learning are presented year round. Continuing and Professional Studies programs meet the needs of nontraditional students through convenient course scheduling, curricular flexibility, innovative teaching, cutting edge technology, and university courses in high schools.

The School recognizes that most of its students/clients have work, family, and other personal and professional responsibilities which limit their participation in traditional college activities; therefore, convenience is a major factor in the design of Continuing & Professional Studies programs. 


English as a Second Language

The School of Continuing & Professional Studies at Southern Utah University offers small class sizes and personalized instruction.

Interactive courses are offered in nine levels of proficiency. At SUU ESL, students develop skills in grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The purposes of our program are to:

  • Participate in global engagement by sharing the American culture and language with international learners.
  • Enrich the cultural experience of SUU students through interaction with international students in the campus community.
  • Encourage undergraduate matriculation of international students at SUU.
  • Support the mission of the School of Continuing & Professional Studies by outreaching the university through formal, non-formal, and informal means.

SUU Online

SUU Online oversees the development and delivery of courses which utilize Internet and other technologies to bridge the gaps of distance and time between instructors and learners. Online degree opportunities for both graduates and undergraduates may be found on the web: https://www.suu.edu/graduatestudies/


As an offering of SUU Online, SUU learners may attend courses through televideo at certain locations throughout Utah. Interactive broadcasts are transmitted via the Internet by Utah Education Network (UEN) televideo systems.

K-12 Professional Development

The K12 Professional Development program facilitates quality education for in-service school teachers across Utah and into Nevada.

Facilitated course are divided into two categories, endorsement courses and professional development courses.

Endorsement courses are developed by highly qualified faculty at Southern Utah University. School districts seeking to offer these courses must use and closely adhere to SUU syllabi and content. SUU endorsement course credit is conferred only under these conditions.

Credit for professional development courses are offered in dozens of different topics, many of which are cutting edge. Courses typically offer benefits such as career enhancement, professional growth, teacher recertification and lane change. A significant number of on-going programs for public school educators explore changes in educational philosophy, classroom management, student motivation and achievement. Courses often provide hands-on experience with current curriculum and teaching techniques. On the web: http://suu.edu/scps/k12.html

Concurrent Enrollment

Students who would like to attend high school and take college courses at the same time may be eligible for concurrent enrollment at SUU. Options include taking SUU courses at the students’ high school campus or on campus at SUU. To take courses at a high school campus, consult a high school counselor. To take courses at SUU, contact SUU’s Admissions Office. Applicants will need to:

  • complete a concurrent admissions application;
  • pay the application fee;
  • obtain the signature of a parent and high school counselor or principal;
  • be of junior or senior standing in high school; and
  • have a minimum high school GPA of 3.00

Concurrent enrollment students will be matriculated at SUU after high school graduation and submission of a complete SUU admissions application, high school transcript, and ACT scores. Once matriculated at SUU, students are eligible for financial aid.

Success Academy

SUCCESS Academy applicants are select students in grades 10-12 who have chosen to participate in the early college high school program.

Admission Criteria for Success Academy Students

Students wishing to participate in limited University experiences in the 10th grade must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a minimum composite score of 17 on the ACT
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of grade 9

Students wishing to participate in limited University experiences in the 11th & 12th grade will follow Southern Utah University’s guidelines and procedures for concurrent enrollment.

All course prerequisites must be met by the student before taking approved courses.

On the web: http://www.successacademy.org

Community Education Programs

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers learning opportunities in the areas of personal enrichment and professional development. Primarily non-credit courses and workshops, these programs are directed at a variety of audiences and their interests including iPad, languages, health, dance, computer skills, management and finance, culture and cuisine just to name a few. For information, call September Lutterman at (435) 586-7853 or email lutterman@suu.edu. One the web: http://www.suu.edu/scps/commed.

Camp Kesem

The School of Continuing & Professional Studies, at Southern Utah University, is pleased to act as a charter for Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem is a camping program designed for children whose parents either suffer, or have suffered, from cancer.

The program launched summer 2012 and had nearly 30 campers. The SUU camp is mainly operated by SUU student volunteers, who open their hearts to our campers in inspiring ways.

On the web: http://suu.edu/scps/suukesem.html