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Teaching Climate and Sustainability

Coursework incorporating climate and sustainability topics can be found in departments across Drexel University. For a list of climate and sustainability courses available in winter, spring, and summer terms, view this spreadsheet [.xlsx]. There are also brand new courses and programs being developed, which you can find out about on the Climate Year page. You may also browse existing minors below:


The minor in Ecology meets the needs of engineering, science, arts, applied arts, information, and business students interested in environmental science. Contact Dane Ward:

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to give students specializing in other fields a background in contemporary environmental issues and the ability to analyze such issues. For students majoring in such fields as business and engineering, the minor in environmental studies will provide them with the tools to make better decisions about products or projects related to environmental economics, politic pollutants, environmental policy, and environmental justice. Contact Alexis Schulman:

Science, Technology and Society

The minor in Science, Technology and Society (STS) allows students to explore the cultural, ethical, historical, political, and institutional dimensions of science, medicine, and technology. By taking courses in different disciplines, students develop an interdisciplinary approach that empowers them to critically analyze the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology. Contact Dr. Gwen Ottinger:

Environmental Sociology

Environmental Sociology examines interactions between human societies and the natural environment. With a concentration in Environmental sociology, sociology majors can understand how social, economic and political arrangements affect some of the most pressing issues of our time including climate change, environmental causes of disaster, environmental injustice, energy use, agriculture and food systems. Contact Dr. Amanda McMillan Lequieu:

Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering minor focuses on pollution control and is primarily designed to broaden the professional capabilities of engineering students. For example, chemical and mechanical engineers working in process and manufacturing plants will be provided with a better understanding of the natural context of their facilities, better equipped to perform fate and risk analyses, and better able to apply the appropriate technology to control air and water discharges.

Green Energy and Sustainability

The Green Energy and Sustainability Minor aims to familiarize students with recent technological developments in renewable energy technologies and sustainability, as well as to conduct experimental work in these areas. Students will explore the principles, characteristics and operation of various renewable energy sources, storage devices, and energy conversion systems. In addition, this minor is designed to encourage students to enhance their knowledge of the fields of sustainability and green energy technologies, so they may be able to expand their skills and career opportunities.

Sustainability and the Built Environment

The Sustainability and the Built Environment Minor prepares students to engage and analyze future design challenges from a sustainability perspective. Students completing this program will be able to approach these challenges in a resourceful and insightful way, with a solid foundation of sustainability principles. The emphasis on collaboration and trans-disciplinary teamwork will allow students to serve as agile leaders in their future careers and be active participants in the critical discourse of their field. Contact Diana Nichols:

EPIC-N at Drexel

As part of Climate Year at Drexel, we are engaging in a model of experiential learning that links students directly to climate and sustainability processes and outcomes in the real world. A new program in development, The Environmental Collaboratory-Resilient Communities Partnership, an EPIC-N program, connects Drexel faculty and students with both internal and external partners for collaborative and creative problem solving.

As we begin to cultivate partnerships with regional municipalities, course projects are available with Drexel’s Climate & Sustainability Working Group, Business Services, Procurement Services, and Real Estate & Facilities, and with select community partners including UC Green and Green Building United.

We invite the cities, towns, and townships in the greater Philadelphia region to talk with us about becoming a project partner, working with Drexel faculty and students to craft solutions to resilience and sustainability challenges in your communities. Faculty interested in pursuing one of these projects in their courses can fill out this form.