Aug 18, 2022  
2020-2021 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2020/Spring 2021) 
2020-2021 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2020/Spring 2021) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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About the Program

Physics addresses the most fundamental topics in science, from the structure of the universe to light, atoms, and elementary particles. A century after the dawn of quantum mechanics, physicists are still exploring its vast implications for both fundamental science and technology. Physics has led to discoveries and inventions that profoundly affect how we all live. It also provides much of the conceptual foundation and instrumentation essential to astronomy, engineering, and other sciences.

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.


  • Chair: Minjoon Kouh, Associate Professor
  • Professor: James Supplee
  • Associate Professor: Bjorg Larson, Robert Murawski, Judith Redling (Associate Provost)
  • Professor Emeritus: Robert Fenstermacher

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

Students receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the physics examinations should consult the department about the possibility of course exemption. The determination is made on an individual basis according to the student’s background and preparation. Approval of the department is required for credit and exemption related to any course included in the Physics major. Students not awarded such credit toward the major for scores of 4 or 5 may receive four credits toward the general education requirements of the College. In such cases, satisfactory scores are considered the equivalent of PHYS 101 , PHYS 102 , PHYS 103 , PHYS 111 , or PHYS 112 .


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