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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

  • Anthony DeSimone, PhD - Drexel Physics Follow My Lead: Anthony DeSimone, PhD No matter the day or season, Anthony DeSimone’s mornings start the same: a 4 a.m. wakeup and quick email check, followed by a one- to three-hour run. The discipline required to maintain these morning rituals weaves its way through every aspect of DeSimone’s life, allowing him to tackle the pressures of leading more than 2,000 engineers and a unit that brings in $5 billion in revenue annually.
  • An edited photo of the Joseph R. Lynch observatory. Hidden Treasures: The Drexel Home of Philadelphia’s Largest Telescope Drexel University’s Joseph R. Lynch Observatory is located on the roof of Curtis Hall and contains Philadelphia’s largest telescope.
  • Drexel Physics Student Riley Stanford From National Defense to Health Care Startup, Physics Major Finds Future Anywhere She Wants The thrill of solving complex problems — and the countless applications of her degree — have drawn Drexel University physics junior Riley Stanford to bridge the disciplines of engineering, biophysics, chemistry, math and more, and to tackle challenges as wide ranging as threats to national defense and a mutant strain of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Prospective Student Inquiries

Kelly McShay

Kelly Schimpf

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 | kam825@drexel.edu

Undergraduate Advising

Chuck McNally

Charles McNally

Assistant Dean and Academic Adviser
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.895.2689 | cdm27@drexel.edu

Contact Us

Department of Physics

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