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    Mission Statement:

    The Department of Physics, as a member of the College of Letters and Sciences, strives to:

    • Create an environment that supports learning and research,
    • improve students' ability to analyze problems and develop appropriate solutions; and
    • create a community of scholars and students who aspire to high standards of achievement.

    As a science department, we regard our mission to include:

    • Teaching students systematic methods for evaluating evidence and information by helping them build and test physical hypotheses and theories; and
    • fostering students' critical thinking skills, such as drawing conclusions, inferring relationships, solving problems and making predictions about the natural world.

    As a department of physics we are committed to providing:

    • A rigorous and effective curriculum for physics majors and minors, with depth of study for those students who desire to pursue a career in, or further study of, physics, astronomy, engineering, technology or science education;
    • effective and engaging courses for students who choose to take physics or astronomy courses either as part of the breadth of a liberal arts education or whose majors or career goals require them;
    • educational experiences in physics and astronomy through public outreach, with emphasis on the UW - Whitewater service area; and
    • opportunities for students and faculty to engage in research.


    Approved by the Physics department 11/19/2008


    College of Letters & Sciences
    Laurentide Hall 4100
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    800 W. Main Street
    Whitewater, WI 53190-1790


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    Rebecca Reichert
    Phone: (262) 472-1621

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