The mission of the Department of Physics and Astronomy is to serve the citizens of Indiana, the United States, and the world through discovery that expands knowledge in the field of physics and closely related sciences, through conveyance of this knowledge to our students in an excellent learning environment, and through engagement in which we share our skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm with diverse communities beyond the University.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Purdue University will be recognized for the distinction of its faculty, the pioneering research they and their students perform, and the excellence of the education provided to all of our students. We will focus on core areas in which the finest minds will engage in the discovery process and integrate the process of discovery, and the discoveries, into the education of our students. Discoveries in pure science will expand our knowledge and give a new, and ever changing understanding of the physical Universe. We will also provide the expertise and understanding of physical systems and related biological systems that are required, and essential, for interdisciplinary partnerships. We will engage our colleagues in the Colleges of Science, Engineering, and others at Purdue University and elsewhere to jointly advance our understanding and application of science to provide the benefits of science to society. We will have a student body of both undergraduate majors and graduate doctoral students of superior intellect and accomplishment from within Indiana, across the United States, and around the world. Our department will welcome women, minorities, and individuals from all cultures to form an enriching and diverse community of physicists. We will give high priority to the education of students from other disciplines by creating innovative curricula to match their requirements and, we will educate them to the full extent of their abilities. The students we serve will have the best professors, the finest educational technology available, and a stimulating physical environment for their classes. The Department of Physics and Astronomy will be highly ranked with respect to the group of peer institutions and be an essential element in the University achieving pre eminence. We will produce physics research at the forefront of science, physics degree students of the highest rank, and, through education and outreach, a more science-literate society.
Strategic Plan (PDF)