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Degrees Offered

The Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) offers a range of degrees and concentrations in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, and Geoscience to suit the diverse interests and career goals of undergraduate and graduate students. Courses are taught by faculty from both Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Environmental Science (BS)

Drexel’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science capitalizes on the unique partnership between Drexel and the Academy of Natural Sciences. The major allows students to pursue a concentration of interest, while receiving an overall breadth of knowledge from the core courses in the discipline. The following four concentrations are available: Biodiversity and Evolution; Earth Science; Ecology and Conservation; and Environmental Science. Students work alongside renowned faculty, gaining hands-on experience that will prepare them for careers or graduate school in environmental science and related fields.

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Environmental Studies and Sustainability (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Sustainability is for students who want to address contemporary environmental issues from the perspective of the humanities. Graduates will have a firm foundation in international studies and foreign language so that they can participate in cross-cultural dialogue and help people around the world understand environmental issues.

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Geoscience (BS)

Predicting sea level change; discovering new geothermal, hydrocarbon, and mineralic stores of energy; removing buried toxins from the environment — these and other imperatives are the work of geoscientists. Understanding the 99.99% of our history that precedes the archaeological record, the humbling contingencies of natural history, and the vast swaths and depths of biodiversity over time — that is the work of geoscientists. Graduates of Drexel’s Bachelor of Science in Geoscience will be among the next generation of leading scientists tackling these critical issues.

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Environmental Science (Accelerated BS/MS)

The Accelerated BS/MS in Environmental Science is designed for academically qualified students who are advanced in the environmental science major, typically arriving with advanced placement credit in math and/or science. Although BS ENVS majors may choose between the Math Analysis sequence and Calculus sequence, BS/MS students are required to complete the Calculus sequence as well as a year of physics (built into the undergraduate major). Requirements for the graduate portion of the program are the same as for the MS in Environmental Science.

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Ecology (Minor)

The Minor in Ecology is open to all non-environmental-science majors who are interested in the study of ecosystems, biodiversity and issues affecting the environment. Students should have completed one term to a year of General Biology and General Chemistry before enrolling in the minor.

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Environmental Studies (Minor)

The interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Studies provides students in other majors with a background understanding of contemporary environmental issues and the ability to analyze those issues. For business and engineering majors, the Minor in Environmental Studies provides the tools to make better decisions about products or projects related to environmental economics, critical contaminants, environmental policy, and environmental justice. For liberal arts majors, this minor offers the opportunity to focus on the social and natural science aspects of the environment to prepare students for issues they may encounter in their careers.

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Environmental Science (MS)

The Master of Science in Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary program focused on understanding and developing solutions for environmental problems. Students can focus their studies in areas such as ecology, biodiversity, conservation, environmental assessment or paleoecology-geology.

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Environmental Science (PhD)

The PhD in Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary program that collaborates with other departments at the University, allowing for research in a number of disciplines including ecology, biodiversity, conservation, environmental assessment, paleoecology-geology and environmental policy. Students work closely with one or more faculty members to master their chosen area of environmental research.

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