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.

(A gathering of physics students, faculty, and staff to celebrate another productive year!)


(Physics students at the Day of Scholars in 2019, presenting their research projects on confocal microscopy)

(With generous endowed funds, like the Fenstermacher Research Fellowship, physics students are supported to do summer research at Drew.)

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

The Physics Major

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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The Engineering Physics Major

Drew’s engineering physics major is designed to provide an ideal pathway for students interested in a career in engineering. The core curriculum is built around the physics, mathematics, chemistry and computer science courses that form the foundational knowledge of engineering and introduce the engineering/design mindset required to solve today’s complex problems. Students pursuing engineering physics at Drew will be broadly trained with both strong technical skills and other critical transferable skills for effective communication, collaboration, and problem-solving. Some graduates continue their engineering studies through combined degree programs with Columbia and Washington University or through other graduate programs. Others pursue careers in fields ranging from acoustical engineering to computer aided design or solid state device fabrication.

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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.