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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
MEET OUR PHYSICS STUDENTS

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

  • 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.
  • Logo - Drexel Office of the Provost College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.
  • Drexel University CASTLE Faculty Fellows Advance STEM and Academic Inclusion CASTLE Launches Faculty Fellows Program A new initiative out of the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE) adds an additional layer to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Sustaining Excellence Program at Drexel University, which is aimed at improving retention of STEM undergraduates by developing evidence-based competencies among STEM educators through community building, mentorship and recognition of innovative teaching.
  • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue CoAS Accomplishments in Brief We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Fall Courses Fall Courses From the 2020 presidential election to the origins of the universe, to your community, learn and apply a range of relevant topics in these noteworthy fall courses.

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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