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Physics Degrees

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 a broad experimental training. Research opportunities abound with Drexel's nationally ranked cooperative education program, and through participation in faculty research and worldwide collaborations.

Undergraduate Programs

Physics BS

Drexel’s Bachelor of Science in Physics degree provides a solid foundation that serves as preparation for graduate study in physics or for other scientific or technical disciplines. Our innovative curriculum provides students with a top-tier learning environment: small class sizes, personal input from faculty and close interaction with researchers who are leaders in their fields of expertise. Many of our undergraduate students actively participate in research projects, co-author publications in peer-reviewed journals and present their scholarship at leading conferences.

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Astrophysics Minor

Astrophysics brings together many disparate areas of physics: gravitational physics governs the evolution of galaxies and clusters; nuclear physics dominates the cores of stars; electromagnetism governs the radiation that we use to observe these objects. Students majoring in mathematics and computer science, as well as other disciplines, are often fascinated by the questions raised by astrophysics.

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Biophysics Minor

Biophysics is the study of the complexity of life using tools provided by physics. It attempts to construct mathematical frameworks that explain among many other topics, how organisms obtain energy from the environment, how complex structures appear in the cell and how these relate to function. In essence, biophysics looks for principles that describe observed patterns and propose predictions based on these principles.

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Physics Minor

Physics is a science that studies natural phenomena at all scales, from that of the universe to elementary particles. This minor exposes the students to some of the basic principles of physics and would easily complement many other disciplines including engineering and other sciences.

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Quantum Technology and Quantum Information Graduate Certificate

This post-baccalaureate certificate accepts applicants who hold bachelor's degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering from an accredited university and offers 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 quantum mechanical foundations, the implementation and use of existing quantum computing hardware tools and systems, technological advances on quantum level, and real-world applications. Drexel’s certificate program also serves as a gateway into a Master of Science in Physics or a master’s of science in materials science and engineering degree.

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Graduate Programs

Physics MS

The Master of Science in Physics degree offers students a comprehensive graduate education and the opportunity to engage in advanced scientific research. Students are immersed in a learning environment designed to expand and deepen their professional understanding of physics through exploration of current topics and trends across multiple disciplines.

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Physics PhD

The Department of Physics doctoral (PhD) degree program offers students the opportunity to study with leading researchers in astrophysics, biophysics, nonlinear dynamics, particle physics and solid state physics, as well as to participate in international collaborations. Coursework for the PhD in Physics includes advanced training in core areas of physics and topics of current research. Doctoral students begin research early in the program, commencing thesis work in their second year of study.

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