The central mission of the Department of Physics at Tennessee Technological University is to promote the learning of physics through teaching, research, and public service. All departmental personnel, including faculty, staff, and students, have the opportunity to become involved in all phases of fulfilling this mission. The Department is staffed with seven faculty members, a secretary, and an equipment technician. There are typically about twenty undergraduate students majoring in physics.

B. S. degree programs are designed to accommodate those students who wish to prepare for graduate study and future research careers in physics (Option I), and those who wish to prepare for immediate employment or graduate study in another scientific or technical field (Option II). Opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in the research activities of TTU physics faculty members are extensive, as there is no graduate program in physics (and thus no physics graduate students) at TTU. The B. S. degree programs are among the strongest in the nation.