Physics: The Liberal Arts Education of the 21st Century!

Physics provides much of the conceptual foundation and instrumentation fundamental to astronomy, engineering and other sciences. It has inspired the creative work of mathematicians, philosophers and social scientists. Drew’s program is designed to provide rigorous preparation for those planning careers in the field, while also serving the needs of liberal arts students interested in a variety of other careers.

When I decided to major in physics, I didn’t expect it to be a life-changing decision. I knew I liked science and math, and I knew that I wanted to have challenging classes. What I didn’t know is that learning physics involves learning totally new ways of thought. Now I approach everyday problems in the same way that I was taught to attack physics problems – logically, precisely and with an awareness of the bigger picture. Now that I can look back at the point where it all started, I can say that becoming a physics major was the best choice I made in college. ”
Natalya Shcherban '19

A Flexible Curriculum

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.

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Construct Your Future

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.

Drew grads can be found at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Duke and the U.S. Naval Nuclear Program.


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.

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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.