Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

Our physics community involves a creative and diverse group of students and faculty in a collaborative environment of learning, teaching, and research. Building on the fundamental processes of the physical world, learned in classroom and laboratory settings, students apply their skills to extend current knowledge by investigating new phenomena, and they explain their new understanding in oral presentations and written documents. 

The study of physics provides a rigorous grounding in the scientific process and a firm scientific understanding of the physical world. It fosters critical thinking and provides broad practical training in scientific skills. It can lead to graduate study and basic research (in a variety of disciplines), to stimulating jobs in industry, or to challenging and rewarding careers in teaching.

Learning Goals

  • Knowledge
    Physics majors will be conversant with the major ideas and techniques of classical and modern physics.

  • Skills
    Physics majors will become proficient in mathematics, laboratory, and computer skills and problem solving.

  • Communication
    Physics majors will communicate their knowledge in written reports and oral and poster presentations. 

  • Research
    Physics majors will contribute to the knowledge base of physics through research.

  • Careers
    Physics graduates will be able to begin physics-related careers in teaching, industry, or research.