The mission objectives of the Department of Physics and Astronomy are:
- to recruit outstanding and diverse students at the graduate and undergraduate levels and prepare them for successful careers in physics and related fields,
- to maintain active research programs which involve both graduate and undergraduate students,
- to provide quality instruction, including the writing of textbooks for a national and international readership,
- to build close ties with high‐tech industries in order to foster research collaborations and promote economic development at the state
and local level.