The physics curriculum at Drew is designed for flexibility. The department encourages all students to choose courses that suit their interests and goals. Students also freely elect supplemental experiences beyond the classroom, such as paid internships, off- or on-campus research, and independent study projects. Many Drew physics majors choose to continue their studies by pursuing a Ph.D. in physics. Other physics majors choose postgraduate training in engineering, law, medicine, or education, or choose to directly enter the workforce after college. The logical thinking and problem-solving skills learned in the study of physics serve our students well in a wide range of post-college endeavors.

Approximately 75% of recent graduates have gone on to fully-supported graduate work in physics and engineering (aeronautical, biomedical, civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical).  Others have directly entered law school, medical school, secondary education, the business world, and other technical fields.

Sample Sequence of Courses

Year Fall Semester Spring Semester
1 (FR) *PHYS-150: University Physics I
*MATH-150 (or *MATH-151)
*PHYS-160: University Physics II
*MATH-151 (or *MATH-250)
2 (SO) *PHYS-250: Modern Physics
*PHYS-255: Electronics
*MATH-250 (or MATH-303)
*PHYS-304: Advanced Lab I
*MATH-315
3 (JR) PHYS-332: Thermodynamics
PHYS-305: Advanced Lab II
*PHYS-321: Math Physics
PHYS-301: Mechanics
PHYS-360: Quantum Mechanics
PHYS-400: Physics Seminar
4 (SR) PHYS-330: Electrodynamics
PHYS-300: Research
PHYS-331: Optics
PHYS-300: Research

(*: Required core courses)

Additional physics and mathematics courses and some choice of independent study/research are recommended for those going on to science and engineering careers.