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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

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). We also have a competitive chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honors Society, and a graduate student association.

Recent News

  • National Science Foundation Logo Physics Alumni Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

    Several Drexel Physics alumni recently received Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.

  • Pinkesh Patel, PhD Investing in Progress Pinkesh Patel’s academic credentials simply can’t be questioned. He received a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in physics (with honors) before completing a graduate degree at Caltech, where he dove into the just-developing field of research surrounding gravitational waves. He then went on to a postdoc at Stanford, where he branched out into the world of bioengineering.
  • Jonathan E. Spanier, PhD Tiny Switch A bit of residual moisture helped researchers unlock the ultraviolet light-emitting potential of a material they were studying.
  • Drexel Physics Graduate Student Rebecca Phillipson Q&A: A Fellowship to Discover Black Holes’ Secrets

    Black holes remain one of the most mysterious and intriguing objects in our universe. One of the newest celestial objects to be studied — they were only first theorized in the 20th century — black holes are areas in space that have such strong gravity that not even light can escape them.

    However, there is little known about them. We don’t even have a real picture of one. That knowledge gap is where Rebecca Phillipson comes in. A physics graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Phillipson dreams of discovering more about what makes black holes work.

  • Hubble Space Telescope - Black Hole Shining a Light on Black Holes Astrophysicist Gordon Richards has discovered more black holes than anyone else in the universe. With assistance from a powerful new telescope being built in Chile, he plans to beat his own record.

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Department of Physics

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32 S. 32nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104