PHYSICS works to understand the universe and the laws that govern it. Our basic toolkit in physics is clear: strong mathematics, reasoning and critical-thinking skills. The result? The ability to solve problems that will equip you for success in many fields. Available as a major or minor program of study.

The Physics Department

Information about our faculty, facilities, getting involved, career outcomes and more.

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Imagine Studying…

wave mechanics, interpretation of the quantum wave function, one-dimensional bound states, scattering and tunneling in “Quantum Mechanics.”


Critical Mass

Three-quarters of our physics majors go on to advanced studies, pursuing astrophysics, engineering (electrical, mechanical), energy and environmental policy, law school, medicine and secondary education. Most receive fellowships and research/teaching assistantships that cover full tuition and living expenses for grad school.

The American Institute of Physics reports that physics majors scored the highest of all majors on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and second highest on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

It gave me an opportunity to build and perform my own experiment. I was able to experience graduate-level work and see what would be expected of me in the future. ”
Ashish Shah C’13
on Advanced Lab I


The Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE) at Drew University will offer you unique opportunities to engage in undergraduate research under the supervision of retired industrial scientists. Experiential learning at its finest, RISE projects cover topic areas, including drug discovery, industrial microbiology, mathematics and more.

Select students are even awarded and recognized by country's most respected industry thought leaders. RISE student Tharani Theivakumar won a cash prize from the New Jersey chapter of the American Chemical Society for her presentation on anti-tumor agents. Two more RISE students recently landed Goldwater Scholarships, the premiere U.S. scholarship for undergraduates majoring in math, science and engineering.

Combined Degree with Columbia

Drew University has a combined-degree program with Columbia University. This program leads to an undergraduate liberal arts (BA) degree from Drew and an undergraduate engineering (B.S.) degree from Columbia University. Participants commonly follow a “3-2″ or “4-2″ scheduling, entering the engineering school after their junior or senior year at Drew respectively. Possibilities also exist for earning a graduate engineering degree (MS) in six total years.