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The DSRE program is focused on technology and environmental design and health and is a 46-credit program with eighteen credits of required core courses, twelve credits of thesis development and fifteen elective credits. Advisors assist students in creating an investigative pathway within the chosen area of study. Students enter the program and begin their studies with 18 credits of core courses comprised of research methods, data visualization, technologies of making, technologies of media, history of modern design, and collaborative design methodologies. These courses will be required for all students in the program. 13 credits of thesis and 15 elective credits throughout both years allow students to conceive of their thesis in relationship to the topical investigative paths they have chosen.

Students focusing on design and technology will apply and understand the theory and mechanics of making through product and materials research and development, using embedded and near future technologies. Faculty typically collaborate with engineering, computing, informatics, biomedical engineering, and other disciplines outside of our college. Government, foundation grants and corporate sponsors support this research; outcomes include new technologies applications and journal publications.

Students focusing on design and health based projects will research and engage research practices of design thinking and participatory design. This area of investigation has potential to create innovative health and educational partnerships, economic opportunities and neighborhood initiatives and relates to the strategic mission of the university to be highly engaged in civic sustainability. Faculty in this area of research currently collaborate with Public Health, Arts & Sciences and Engineering. The research is supported by foundation and national grants, informs policies and procedures in design practice, and generates journal publications and conference presentations. Potential collaboration exists with the Lindy Center for Urban Engagement, The Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, and established faculty laboratories including the Studio for Immersive Design and Engagement (SIDE) and The Drexel Design and Health Consortium.


The following link to the Course Catalog is for review purposes only. Several factors influence the length of the program and the sequencing of courses including the option to study full or part time and programmatic changes. Students should contact Director D. S. Nicholas with questions.

For course descriptions of each course, click on the course number in the required courses listing.

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