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.
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.
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.
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.