APS/AAPT Doubling Initiative Mission Statement

We advocate doubling the number of bachelor degrees in physics to address critical national needs including K-12 education, economic competitiveness, energy, security, and an informed electorate

  • An essential area of increase is in the number of highly-qualified high school physics teachers
  • An essential area of increase is in the fraction of both women and under-represented minorities who major in physics

Further, there are critical areas and concerns associated with such an initiative:

  • We do not necessarily seek to increase the number of PhDs in physics; however, we do advocate for an increase in the quality and diversity of the U.S. pool of physics PhD candidates.
  • Physics majors successfully pursue and are qualified for a wide range of careers, and we support a much broader recognition of this by faculty and employers.
  • We advocate that physics bachelor programs
    1. Evolve to meet needs of emerging areas such as biophysics and nanoscience
    2. Address documented shortages of physics-educated professionals in specific areas (e.g., secondary school teaching, medical physics, nuclear physics, etc.