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Department of Physics

In Drexel University’s Department of Physics, faculty and students work side-by-side to explore the span of universal phenomena from biophysics to astrophysics and cosmology, all the way down to the subatomic level in particle physics.

The Department of Physics provides a solid understanding of physical principles, problem solving, mathematical and computational skills, as well as broad experimental training. Students have countless opportunities to conduct research as early as freshman year through Drexel's renowned cooperative education program and in faculty research and worldwide collaborations.

Our faculty members lead world-class research programs in a wide variety of disciplines including astrophysics, biophysics, high-performance computing, ultra-low temperature physics, nanotechnology, nonlinear dynamics and particle physics.

The Drexel Co-Op

Through Drexel’s cooperative education program, undergraduates embark on up to three, six-month periods of employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their résumés and building a professional network in the process. Physics students have worked in a variety of industries and companies — Princeton Plasma Laboratories, the Army Research Labs, Columbia Medical Center, and the National Optical Astrophysics Observatory, among others — conducting fundamental research, and working on projects that go far beyond the classroom.

Learn more about Drexel Co-Op for Physics majors

student Edward Callaghan
“The co-op program is an awesome opportunity to actually learn about the field you want to go into... The time spent on co-op lets you learn what's actually necessary for a successful career, and helps you build a network.”Edward CallaghanBS physics ‘17
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Student Organizations

The department houses two active and award-winning student groups: the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and the Women in Physics Society (WiPS). The Drexel Physics Graduate Student Association (PGSA) is a group of Physics Graduate Students seeking to learn about a variety of areas of physics, including those areas that would normally lie outside of their own specialties.

Recent News

  • Book and notebook open on a table in a library Winter Courses How does gender affect the formation of knowledge? How can physics bridge communities? Discuss sociological contexts of global health, modern implications of Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophy and more in these new and noteworthy winter courses.
  • Sam Bose International Workshop on Advanced Materials 2017: Berhampur, India The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) located in Berhampur, India, and Drexel University are jointly organizing the International Workshop on Advanced Materials (IWAM-2017). The workshop will take place in Berhampur, India, from December 19-21, 2017.
  • George Ullrich 25 Faces 25 Years: George Ullrich Ullrich, who earned his BS, MS and PhD in physics from Drexel, has spent the last four decades working in and around the U.S. defense industry, and has, over the course of his winding career, established himself as one of the leading experts on nuclear warfare and national defense, tackling everything from weapon development to risk analysis and disaster preparedness. He has worked for the U.S. government and for the defense contractors who work on behalf of the U.S. government, has served on boards and panels from the U.S. Strategic Command’s Strategic Advisory Group to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and was awarded the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the department’s highest civilian award.
  • Dragon logo College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.
  • Zee Hakimoglu 25 Faces 25 Years: Zee Hakimoglu

    Zee Hakimoglu’s first laboratory was a rock under a makeshift fort that she and her sisters built alongside a small creek at her family’s home in New Jersey. Hakimoglu, then 11 or 12 years old, spent her days and evenings at the water’s edge, studying the spiders and wondering about the constellations. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in physics from California State College, Sonoma, and her master’s in physics from Drexel, Hakimoglu accepted an associate engineering position at aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin, in their Silicon Valley office.

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Admissions

Kelly McShay

Kelly Schimpf

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 | kelly.a.schimpf@drexel.edu

Undergraduate Advising

Chuck McNally

Charles McNally

Assistant Dean and Academic Adviser
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.895.1805 | coas@drexel.edu

Contact Us

Department of Physics

816 Disque Hall
32 S. 32nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.2708