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Our Mission

The University of Texas - Pan American Department of Physics and Geology supports the mission statements of The University of Texas - Pan American and the College of Science and Mathematics. Our Department faculties through the areas of Astronomy, Geology, Physical Science and Physics have responsibility for:

  1. using classroom, laboratory and outreach instruction to educate and enable youth, students, adults and professionals from our multicultural, multinational community with the foundations, knowledge and skills for valued careers and lifelong learning;
  2. preparing students for service, leadership and stewardship roles as responsible citizens in support of local, state, national and world communities; and,
  3. creating knowledge through discovery and disseminating such knowledge through publications, patents, and other media.

Our Strategy

The Department of Physics and Geology at The University of Texas Pan American serves the Rio Grande Valley Community and the State of Texas through the development, and execution of educational programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels that:

  1. provide opportunities for students and professionals to learn about the physical principles (laws of nature) that are the basis for a broad range of engineering and science disciplines, so that they may acquire knowledge, skills and abilities, in Astronomy, Geology, Physical Sciences and/or Physics, to earn a reasonable living throughout their lifetime by providing scientific and/or engineering goods, services and knowledge, to improve the standard and quality of living of people within their community, state, region, country and world.
  2. The Department in an equally important role serves the Rio Grande Valley Community and the State of Texas through the development, implementation, and execution of community outreach programs that:
  3. motivate and encourage our youth to participate in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics so that they may later become involved with solving numerous technological challenges that face our society.
  4. better prepare Middle and High School teachers in Physics Education, through programs like the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS), so that those teachers are enabled with the foundation to better foster and develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of our youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  5. enlighten adults, including retirees, in our community about the importance and role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for solving numerous technological challenges that face our society.