We are delighted that you will be joining the Department of Physics at Drexel University. This website has been prepared to help answer some of the questions you may have about coming to Drexel and Philadelphia.
All new full-time students must attend this program. The program has two components, one from the Department of Physics and the other organized by Drexel University. During each morning there will be a computing seminar that will introduce you to programming tools needed for future class work. Most afternoons there will be short talks by faculty members in which they will describe their research. Orientation is a good time to meet your fellow students and the faculty. By the end of this period you will be on your way to tackling computing problems and have an idea of the range of research possibilities in the department. The program also includes activities with the other graduate students.
Please follow the instructions below to make sure that you register for the correct classes and number of credits. First year PhD students (not post-masters) should register for 9 credits of required physics courses:
- PHYS 501 Mathematical Physics I (3 credits)
- PHYS 506 Dynamics I (3 credits)
Choose one of the following two "topical" courses:
- PHYS 626 Solid State Physics I (3 credits)
- PHYS 676 Nuclear Physics I (3 credits)
will assist you in adding or dropping classes as you create your class schedule.
Please visit the ISSS website for instructions.
The Director of Graduate Studies, Michael Vogeley, PhD, is responsible for advising first year students until they are established with a research advisor. Professor Vogeley is the primary source of information about the Physics Graduate Program and can help in answering most questions. His office is located in Disque Hall 811, students may call (215) 895-2710 or contact him by e-mail at physics [at] drexel.edu.