Science is constantly evolving. The leaders of today and tomorrow must be well prepared, forward-thinking and nimble to anticipate and solve the world’s challenges.


Through a focus on innovation in curriculum and the design of cutting-edge facilities, the University of Delaware’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is ensuring it fully prepares the next generation of scientists, healthcare professionals and industry leaders.


They will be armed with an enhanced multifaceted approach to address the most pressing challenges of today and the future.


A new facility, Building X, will be the interdisciplinary hub of collaboration and discovery for the expanded foundational sciences, bringing together scholars and researchers from across campus while increasing space to accommodate growing programs.

The cutting-edge facility will:

  • enable teaching, training and researching in contemporary labs with state-of-the-art equipment
  • provide for 21st-century experimentation in new teaching and faculty research labs
  • allow for integrated modern research, graduate training and undergraduate education

Building X: An interdisciplinary sciences hub:


This centralized focus across the natural sciences will empower the UD community with critical resources and experiences in the foundational disciplines that serve as building blocks for all of science and engineering.

CAS will expand and enhance interdisciplinary programs and research in three impactful areas:

  • Models and mechanisms of human disease to better understand the basic biology necessary to treat patients, now and as future healthcare challenges arise.
  • Mind, brain, and behavior, to gain a deeper understanding of the human brain and how it connects to thought processes and our demeanors, attitudes and behavior.
  • Quantum science and technology to study physical properties of matter at the smallest scales to harness quantum-level effects in the design of new materials and technologies.


The CAS departments most impacted by the enhanced initiatives are:



With more opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, come more advanced discoveries. Students will learn how to work in multidisciplinary teams, gaining skills that are crucial for their career journeys and will allow them to quickly acclimate to the professional environment.

Research in these areas has the potential to impact everyday life for countless individuals, including:

  • studying cells to find new ways to address treatment-resistant cancers
  • working on the atomic and nuclear clocks used in satellites to produce advanced GPS mapping functions
  • exploring causes of anxiety and depression in teens, which has been accelerated by COVID-19
Students conduct research in white lab coats at the University of Delaware.


The collaborative effort across disciplines will directly benefit students and faculty.

Current faculty will have more resources, partnerships across campus and with industries, and new equipment. Recruiting new faculty will allow for a more expansive curriculum, innovative research and increased expertise throughout the fields.

Blue Hens will have:

  • access to more core classes and experiences to work with the expanded faculty, a growing body of post-doctorates and each other
  • experiences working across departments and colleges
  • more opportunities to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow


Philanthropic support will ensure the full vision of the next generation of foundational sciences at UD becomes a reality, providing opportunities for growth, collaboration and discovery to ensure tomorrow’s scientists are well-prepared for the future while making an immediate impact far-reaching solutions to grand challenges.

To learn more about how you can be involved with the future of foundational sciences at UD and Bulding X, contact John Shipman, Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences, at or call 302-831-7166.