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Physics Degrees Offered

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.

Physics (BS)

Drexel University's Bachelor of Science in Physics provides a solid foundation suitable for graduate study or as preparation for other scientific or technical disciplines. We offer an innovative curriculum in a top-notch learning environment: small class sizes, personal input from faculty, and close interaction with researchers who are leaders in their fields. Most of our undergraduates actively participate in research projects, including co-authoring publications and presenting results at 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 Post-Bacc Certificate

This certificate accepts applicants who hold bachelor's degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, 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, technological advances on quantum level, and real-world applications. The certificate program may also serve as an onramp to a Masters of Science in Physics and Masters of Materials Science and Engineering, if completed with predetermined grade requirements.

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Physics (MS)

The Master of Science in Physics offers students a comprehensive graduate education and the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge scientific research. Students wishing to complete this degree will find a learning environment that allows them to broaden their professional understanding of physics by exploring current topics and trends in an interdisciplinary setting.

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Physics (PhD)

The Department of Physics 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. PhD students begin research early in the program, commencing thesis work in their second year of study.

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