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Mission (Goals)

The Departments of Physical Sciences and its disciplines provide educational experiences ranging from individual courses to pre-professional programs, certificate programs, baccalaureate degrees, and a first-level graduate degree.  Indeed, our aspiration is to become the institution of choice for persons seeking these programs.  In addition, the faculty provide a variety of community and professional services.  Specifically, the following characterize the mission of the programs in the Departments of Physical Sciences:

  1. To provide masters degree programs for secondary school physical science teachers and those seeking non-teaching emphases in chemistry, earth science (including a distance-learning option), and physics;
  2. To provide undergraduate major and minor degree programs in chemistry, earth science, physics, and physical science;
  3. To provide programs leading to teaching field endorsements in chemistry, earth-space science, physics, and sciences 5-8;
  4. To provide appropriate courses for those undergraduate and graduate students majoring in fields allied to the physical sciences;
  5. To provide general education courses in all the physical science disciplines for all baccalaureate-degree-seeking students;
  6. To provide pre-professional (e.g., engineering, pharmacy) and dual-degree engineering programs to students for subsequent transfer to degree-granting institutions;
  7. To provide course or other educational experiences (e.g., undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in GeoSpatial Analysis) for non-degree and non-traditional students seeking specific skills or desiring to become better-informed citizens;
  8. To provide public service or informal/educational opportunities through special-use facilities such as the Johnston Geology Museum, Peterson Planetarium, and the Science and Mathematics Education Center;
  9. To provide scientific and educational expertise to individuals, agencies, and organizations including, but not limited to, the schools of Kansas, the immediate University community, the Emporia locality, the State, and the multi-state region and in certain instances, nationally or internationally; and
  10. To provide opportunities for the faculty to pursue research and creative activities related to their competencies and interests.