We - faculty, staff, and students - aim to promote the physical understanding of nature through dedicated research-based teaching, active learning, service, and innovative research at the highest level. We value the public support of teaching and research and, in return, share our insights and knowledge with the scientific community as well as for the benefit of the greater public. Our majors and graduate students collaborate with faculty in experimental and theoretical research and gain hands-on experience with the latest developments in the field, opportunities that prepare them for successful careers in industry and higher education. For students from other disciplines, the Department provides active-learning-based courses designed to foster their critical thinking skills and to educate them to become scientifically literate citizens. We strive for the highest standards of integrity, diversity and professionalism in education and research.