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Aurora over Ice Cube Project in Antartica

Renowned Researchers, Approachable Mentors

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

Department of Physics

Physics prepares students to understand the laws of nature at their deepest levels. Drexel’s Department of Physics gives students the opportunity to explore the span of universal phenomenon ranging from biophysics to astrophysics and cosmology, all the way down to the subatomic level in particle physics.

Our students acquire a solid understanding of physical principles, problem solving, mathematical and computational skills, as well as broad experimental training. Research opportunities abound with Drexel's nationally ranked co-operative education program, and through participation 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.

Student Spotlight

Drexel Physics student Jeremy Gaison

Jeremy Gaison
BS Physics '15

“Co-op has been wonderful in helping me decide what I want to pursue after graduation. I’ve been able to do real research in a number of fields, travel, and present my work at conferences. I’m confident that I want to pursue neutrino physics research, which is the field I worked in under Dr. Dolinski.”

Featured Faculty

Faculty Directory
David Goldberg, PhD

David Goldberg, PhD

Theoretical & Observational Cosmology

Naoko Kurahashi Neilson, PhD

Naoko Kurahashi Neilson, PhD

Neutrino Physics & Astro-particle Physics

Gordon Richards, PhD

Gordon Richards, PhD

Quasars & Active Galactic Nuclei

Brigita Urbanc, PhD

Protein Folding & Assembly

20th Kaczmarczik Lecture


"New Horizons & the Exploration of the Pluto System” with S. Alan Stern, PhD

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 12 p.m.

New Horizons is NASA’s historic mission to explore the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt. The fastest spacecraft ever launched, New Horizons left Earth in 2006 and made the first exploration of the Pluto system — 3 billion miles from Earth. S. Alan Stern, PhD, will describe the history of this mission, and the major scientific discoveries made to date.

Learn more and register

Student Organizations

In addition to the many clubs and organizations to join at Drexel, the Department of Physics houses two active student groups: the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and the Women in Physics Society (WiPS). We also have a competitive chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honors Society.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the department to expand the understanding of the physical universe through basic and applied research and prepare students of all disciplines for technical excellence and thoughtful citizenship through innovative instruction and engagement in the process of discovery.

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Department of Physics
Disque Hall | Room 816
32 South 32nd Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104


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