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Academics and Research

Education is one of the core principles of Drexel Green, and the goal of sustainability is woven into the fabric of academic life at the University. Drexel provides many formal and informal learning opportunities on climate disruption and sustainability, including specific degree programs, concentrations and research programs.

Drexel’s affiliation with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University broadens the possibilities for green learning even further by providing students, faculty and professional staff with access to the Center for Environmental Policy, which holds public programs such as the Urban Sustainability Forum and Town Square: Citizens for Science.

Academic Majors In Environmental Studies

  • BS, MS, PhD - Environmental Engineering
  • MPH - Environmental Health
  • MS, PhD - Environmental Policy
  • BS, MS, PhD - Environmental Science
  • BS - Environmental Studies
  • BA – International Area Studies with a concentration in Global Science, Sustainability and Health

Sustainability-Themed Interdisciplinary Minors

  • Sustainability in the Built Environment
  • Interdisciplinary Smart Initiatives

Drexel University Research Programs Supporting the Environment and Sustainability

  • AJ Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment (IExE) - Drexel University formed the AJ Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment (IExE) to conduct research and scholarly activities that advance energy policies, systems, and technologies in the rapidly changing energy landscape of the 21st century. Serving as thought leaders, IExE faculty and students are committed to shaping a sustainable energy future for the benefit of current and future generations the world over. Born out of the ongoing energy renaissance, the IExE brings together individuals from the public sector, academia, industry and the environmental community, ensuring that all facets of multi-dimensional energy opportunities and challenges are explored.
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science - In the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES), faculty and students study the fundamental processes of natural science and the complex problems facing the environment in order to lead in the environmental stewardship of our planet.
  • Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering – Comprised of a highly diverse group of students, staff and faculty who conduct theoretical, laboratory and field investigations, and are engaged in practice and research to provide better and more sustainable infrastructure for society.
  • Drexel Smart House - a student-led, multidisciplinary project to construct an urban home to serve as a “living laboratory” for exploring cutting edge design and technology.