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Professor Bernard A. Weinstein, Undergraduate Director Jessica Smith, Undergraduate Secretary
Department of Physics
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-1500
Office: 209 Fronczak Hall, Amherst Campus
Phone: (716) 645-6730
Fax: (716) 645-2507
E-mail: phyugadv@buffalo.edu
Department of Physics
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-1500
Office: 239 Fronczak Hall, Amherst Campus
Phone: (716) 645-3645
Fax: (716) 645-2507
E-mail: Jsmith29@buffalo.edu

Undergraduate Studies in UB Physics

Mission Statement of the Physics Undergraduate Program

    Physics is the fundamental science underlying all natural phenomena. Its elegant experiments and fundamental theories have been the source of much of the advancements in present day science and technology. From the smallest sub-atomic particles to the vastness of cosmic expansion, and at intermediate scales in solid-state electronics, lasers, magnetic storage, superconductivity, biological function, and geologic events - physics profoundly impacts our understanding of nature and our ability to harness its secrets for the progress of human kind.

    The central mission of the undergraduate program in the Department of Physics is to provide students with an outstanding educational experience consisting of comprehensive and rigorous coursework and laboratory training leading to a baccalaureate degree. The core of our major programs involves courses focused on five key topic-areas - classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermal and statistical physics, modern physics including quantum mechanics and relativity, and experimental methods. In addition, our upper-level electives, research courses, and internships allow students to experience an array of specialty areas in further preparation for graduate study and future careers. Within the subjects of the curriculum, student learning is assessed in 7 general program outcome categories: basic laws of physics, critical thinking, problem solving, laboratory skills, development of physics, contemporary areas of physics, and written and oral communication. As part of the overall mission of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department also provides physics education to students majoring in other sciences, in engineering and professional programs, and to non-science majors. The Department actively advises prospective and current students on educational choices and career paths. Our faculty is vigorously engaged in research at the frontiers of physics, and is committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring at all levels of the educational program.

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