The Department of Physics is committed to excellence in the education of its undergraduate
and graduate students in core and applied physics topics, as well as related areas
that encompass understanding of physical concepts. Applied physics provides the
bridge between theoretical, fundamental physical concepts and their practical, engineering
applications. Our emphases on materials physics, biomedical physics, and environmental
physics, with laser physics, computational physics, and imaging science as enabling
technologies, is responsive to these needs. This mission is served by a diverse
faculty with expertise in theoretical and applied physics. Accordingly, faculty
members are drawn from a number of science and engineering fields, including, but
not limited to, Biophysics and Physiology, Physics, Applied Physics, Chemical Physics,
and Electrical Engineering.
The Department of Physics is committed to the generation and dissemination of new
scientific knowledge involving physical principles and their applications to related
interdisciplinary fields. The faculty and students in the Department of Physics
are cooperatively contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge at the
frontiers of human understanding in the sciences in general and physics in particular.
This process essentially intertwines the initial development of scientific methodology
in classroom and laboratory instruction activities within the Department, the search
for new knowledge in research laboratories in the Department of Physics and affiliations
outside, and dissemination through professional channels and in the classroom. In
addition to scientific advancement, the ultimate objective is the preparation of
future scientists with knowledge of historical perspectives of current physical
principles, and their applications at the forefront of science and technology.
The Department of Physics is committed to serving the University, the surrounding
local and the larger national community. Internally, faculty and students of the
Department are providing leadership and participation in department, college and
university governance. Externally, this service is manifested through the sharing
of expertise and mutual interest in local, national and international professional
organizations, and in local civic organizations. The objective is to have a beneficial
impact on the community and nation at large, while enhancing the quality of teaching
and research at USF.