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Department of Physics

In Drexel University’s physics department, 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 studying physics 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 for Physics Majors

Through Drexel’s cooperative education program, undergraduates in the physics department 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 physics 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

  • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue 2021 Graduate Student Awards We are pleased to recognize the following graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, who recently received Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference Awards and Graduate Student Excellence Awards.
  • Maxwell Franklin, Johannes Wagner, and Elizabeth Espinal Two Students, Alum Named 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellows  Two CoAS graduate students and one recent alumni have received 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships to promote research efforts in physics and clinical psychology. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program aims to encourage innovation and creativity in STEM fields by investing in outstanding graduate students through a five-year fellowship program. The fellowship includes three years’ worth of financial support, with an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 awarded to the researcher and their institution.
  • An illustration of complex oscillation in quantum physics New Quantum Technology and Quantum Information Certificate Prepares Students for Careers in Emerging Field

    To address the critical shortage of skilled workers in quantum technology and quantum information, Drexel University will offer a new post-baccalaureate certificate in this area. Beginning fall 2021, the Department of Physics will accept applicants who hold bachelor's degrees in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, or electrical and computer engineering, and offer them opportunities to learn the fundamentals of quantum technology and quantum information. The aim is to provide a strong foundation in this emerging area, with a focus on the foundations of quantum physics, technological advances on the quantum level, and real-world applications.

  • Headshots of Tim Hanlon and Angel Hogan

    #ForeverDragons: Save the Date for the CoAS Commencement 2021

    On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the College of Arts and Sciences will celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021 with a virtual commencement. The ceremony will be live-streamed from Mandell Theater, where a small party of dignitaries and speakers will gather.

  • flat circular map of the earth Physicist David Goldberg Helps Create the Most Accurate Map of the World Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Physics David Goldberg, PhD, is part of a team that has created the most accurate flat map of the world: a double-sided circle that features the Northern Hemisphere on one side and the Southern Hemisphere on the other.

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Prospective Students

Please email coas@drexel.edu or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!


Undergraduate Advising

Jennifer Rubin Weyant, Associate Director of Advising and Student Success, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Rubin Weyant

Associate Director and Academic Adviser
3031 MacAlister Hall
215.895.2689 | jlr45@drexel.edu

Contact Us

Department of Physics

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