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Physics and Astronomy at WVU

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All-Department Photo (Fall 2022)

All-Department Photo (Fall 2022)

Why Study Physics and Astronomy at WVU?

Undergraduate Mission Statement

The Mission of the Physics BA/BS degree program is to prepare students for employment in physics-related areas including physics teaching certification and/or for the pursuit of advanced degrees in physics, astronomy, or related fields by educating our majors in fundamental disciplinary concepts and relevant skills including problem solving and laboratory techniques.

Values Statement

Along with the values of West Virginia University, the Department of Physics and Astronomy aspires to the following values:


We pursue high-quality, evidenced-based education and research, conducted ethically, responsibly and with integrity.


We work to serve our department, university and the public through our activities in science, teaching, outreach and advocacy.


We endeavor to respect, appreciate and support those inside and outside the department.


We are devoted to equitable treatment and development of all people through building a more diverse and inclusive environment.