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Led by environmental science major Alexis Wiley, the co-curricular program “Lessons of Da Land” introduces students and community members to food sovereignty and land justice issues in Black Philadelphia.

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The world won’t wait. Neither will we.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we deliver a time-honored liberal arts education paired with Drexel’s renowned focus on applied learning. Our research and scholarship explore contemporary issues with an eye toward improving the common good.

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With a breadth of disciplines and a focus on the now, the College is the perfect home for curious scholars who seek to apply their learning in the service of humanity. Our undergraduate programs give students a broad-based, hands-on education, and our graduate programs take a rigorous yet practical approach to advancing knowledge.

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Research that drives change

Students at the College of Arts and Sciences —many beginning as early as their freshman year— work hand-in-hand with world-class Drexel researchers and scholars. Together, they enhance understanding, generate groundbreaking discoveries and drive positive change across a diverse range of disciplines spanning the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

A New View of the Universe from Earth’s South Pole

Watch Drexel astrophysicist Naoko Kurahashi Neilson, PhD, explain how neutrinos can offer a profound new view into our universe. Neilson describes ’neutrino hunting’ – how she and 200 scientists from around the world study high-energy charged particles made by neutrinos in one of the least habitable places on Earth: The IceCube Observatory, located at the South Pole.

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Joining Forces to Measure New Sources of Ozone Production

Armed with a $174,000 grant from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Ezra Wood, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, and his team are studying why ground-level ozone —which has harmful environmental and health impacts— is high in New York City.

Let’s Start Crafting Environmental Policy Through an Anti-Racist Lens

By design, pollution concentrates near communities of color, who are also the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, says Gwen Ottinger, an associate professor in the Department of Politics who co-authored this essay published in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Facing Climate Change: Meet Elizabeth Burke Watson, PhD

Her passion for coastal science has become Associate Professor Elizabeth Burke Watson’s tool for change through research projects that have the power to inform governmental policy, conservation, management and restoration.


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