The main objective of the Undergraduate Program of the Department of Physics is to provide the students with the education required to pursue graduate studies in Physics, or in related disciplines, offering at the same time the opportunities to aqquire the knowledge and develop the skills that would enable them to work in positions in the industry.
The Faculty of the Department is comprised of nineteen members who, apart from their regular teaching duties, are active in research in various areas of Physics. Theoretical Physics is carried out by various members working in projects related to Particle Physics, General Relativity, Statistical Mechanics, Oceanography and Condensed Matter. The Experimental Physics facilities include aboratories with projects in Spectroscopy, Thin Films, Liquid Crystals and Material Science, with a strong expermimental program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Various faculty members use the facilities of the Arecibo Observatory and other observatories of the world to carry their research in Astrophysics. Several of these projects are funded by federal agencies, as the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy.
The students of the Program have opportunities to register for the undergraduate research courses with faculty members during the academic year, and also to participate in Summer Research Programs in national laboratories such as the Arecibo Observatory (Puerto Rico), Los Alamos National (New Mexico), SLAC (California), and Fermilab (Illinois). The students are members of the Puerto Rico Chapter 5759 of the Society of Physics Students, which is an organization of the American Institute of Physics (Maryland) that strives to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community;.
The Department is committed to contribute to the scientific knowledge of the students, and to develop their capabilities to help them become contributing competent professionals in their ultimate careers.
Revision date: 17 May 2012