Mission Statement

Physics is an experimental science in which its practitioners investigate nature at the most fundamental level on scales ranging from subatomic distances to the size of the universe. It is a quest to create the understanding of the origin and behavior of the forces that account for the observed stability and in some cases instability of the atomic nucleus, the stability of the atom, the stability of matter, and the large- scale structure of the universe. In this sense, it is the most fundamental of the physical sciences. The successful physics student will be adept at using experimental and theoretical techniques that probe the fundamental building blocks of nature.

Accordingly, a graduate from the Villanova University Department of Physics will be able to solve problems involving the general motion of macroscopic and microscopic bodies, the interactions of charged particles with each other, with the fields they create, and among those created fields, the behavior of particles at the smallest distances and energies, and the collective behavior of large numbers of small particles, as either a solid object or a gaseous system. Furthermore, as an experimental science, the physics graduate will be proficient in laboratory techniques, data analysis, and problem solving, while being cognizant of the subtle difficulties associated with the interactions among the observer, the measurement process, and the physical process being observed.

The physics degree develops versatility and creativity through the breadth of experience in analysis and reasoning obtained from the courses in the curriculum and from scientific research, both of which are guided directly by the faculty of the department. The student who successfully completes the degree in physics will not only be well prepared for graduate studies in physics, but for employment in research- oriented industries or study in professional fields.

The Department of Physics promotes understanding of the fundamental elements of nature for students and researchers within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and across Villanova University. 

The Mission of the Physics Department

The Department of Physics promotes understanding of the fundamental elements of nature for students and researchers within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and across Villanova University.

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