We strive to be the destination of choice for students, staff and faculty with a wide range of experiences and goals. We provide for all students, regardless of their background, a rigorous education and inspiring professional experience through research, teaching and public engagement. Our vision is a department that is inclusive, diverse, safe, and supportive, where issues of department climate are discussed regularly, where problems are dealt with fairly and equitably, and where the department's structure and policies actively support our diverse community of scholars and staff.

We provide opportunities to join peer groups with fellow undergraduate or graduate students. We encourage our students to engage in collaborative research, teaching and outreach with off-campus communities. We host a variety of community events such as coffee hours at 3:00 on Mondays, all-department colloquia at 4:00 on Wednesdays, science presentations throughout the week, and other special events throughout the semester. You can find events listed here.