Dixie State University's board of trustees have unanimously approved the addition of new master's and baccalaureate degrees, as well as minor and certificate programs to its academic offerings.

ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University's board of trustees have unanimously approved the addition of new master's and baccalaureate degrees, as well as minor and certificate programs to its academic offerings.

Contingent on receiving approval from the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities, the university plans to begin offering a master's in athletic training, a master's in technical writing and digital rhetoric, a bachelor's in marketing, a minor in nonprofit management and a certificate in biotechnology starting during in the fall.

"These new programs align beautifully with our goal of becoming a comprehensive polytechnic university and deliver increased program diversity that expands student opportunity," Pamela Cantrell, DSU's director of curriculum and graduate studies, said in a statement.

According to the university, with final approval of these new programs, Dixie will offer three master's degrees, 44 bachelor's degrees, 12 associate degrees, 37 minors and 65 emphases. The school offered just two bachelor's degrees in 1999, representing a 2,100 percent growth in baccalaureate degrees alone in just two decades.

The master's in athletic training will use both classroom and clinical settings to prepare graduates to provide comprehensive patient care in the areas of prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organization and professional health.

The master's program in technical writing and digital rhetoric will focus on the partnership between technology and composition. Students will study the foundations of rhetorical theory in digital spaces, practice key communication skills, produce digital and print content, and gain knowledge and experience in writing across professional contexts.

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The baccalaureate degree in marketing will provide a foundation in business and marketing. The program also will allow majors to select a track in marketing management, supply chain management, marketing entrepreneurship or marketing analytics.

The nonprofit management program will provide students with nonprofit management and leadership skills, and the certificate of biotechnology will provide students with analytical and hands-on education in the areas of biology, chemistry, basic lab techniques and basic programming.