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Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science

With world-renowned faculty, field sites across the globe, and countless opportunities for hands-on career experience, students in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science are prepared to make an impact from day one.

Drexel University’s Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) lives by the "Field Experience, Early and Often" motto. Students gain hands-on experience in an environmental department right from the start through our Pre-Term Field Experience. Students also have unprecedented access to incredible facilities, including local and international field sites, Drexel’s Gold-LEED-certified Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, which is the oldest natural history museum in the Western Hemisphere.

Faculty in the department are renowned scientists from Drexel and the Academy, specializing in the fields of environmental science, earth science, ecology and conservation, biodiversity and evolution, geoscience and paleontology.

Through hands-on experience and close mentorship, students hone their professional and educational interests in earth and environmental sciences, allowing for greater success and satisfaction after graduation.

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The Academy of Natural Sciences is a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research with an impressive collection of over 18 million specimens and artifacts gathered by history-making individuals like Lewis and Clark, Thomas Jefferson, John James Audubon, Charles Darwin and many more. The Academy’s Patrick Center for Environmental Research, with over 70 years of experience in environmental research and outreach, offers countless opportunities for student interactions both in the field and laboratory.

Learn more about the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The Drexel Co-Op and the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science

Through Drexel’s cooperative education program, students embark on up to three, six-month periods of employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their résumés and building a professional network in the environmental and earth science field. Students gain experience both in the U.S. and abroad, and have held co-op positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Exelon Corporation, the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, and the Philadelphia Water Department, among others.

Learn more about the Drexel co-op Program

APPLY FOR A DEGREE IN THE BIODIVERSITY, EARTH & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

Apply for a degree in environmental science, geoscience or environmental studies and sustainability. Visit campus to get firsthand information about a Drexel education, or contact us at bees@drexel.edu.

“The BEES department has provided me with opportunity after opportunity to get involved not only in the field, but also in the research happening at the Academy of Natural Sciences.” Vaughn ShireyBS environmental science ‘17

Recent News

  • Drexel University Main Building Exterior Welcoming New Faculty to the College of Arts and Sciences We are thrilled to introduce the following new faculty members and welcome them to the College of Arts and Sciences community.
  • Rosemary Oakes Women Making Science History On Museum Day, Saturday, Sept. 22, the Academy is honoring women making science history. General admission to the museum will be free, and visitors will be able to talk with some of our female scientists making a difference. We profile some of them here so you can get to know them before you come. Have your questions ready!
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    “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” sequel to Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 2015 “Ant-Man,” is in movie theaters this summer. Wondering how the superheroes compare to real insects, we checked in with the Academy’s Entomology Department, which houses 3.5 million insect specimens – a treasure for researchers around the world.

    There we found Robert Conrow, an affable Drexel PhD student and teaching assistant who studies crane flies with Entomology Curator Jon Gelhaus, PhD, a world expert. Gelhaus  also is a professor in Drexel’s Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science. Conrow says crane flies would make terrible superheroes “because their long legs easily fall off in the slightest breeze.”

  • Illustrating a Devonian Predator Illustrating a Devonian Predator Jason Poole was charged with depicting Hyneria lindae, the largest creature living in an ancient stream ecosystem in Devonian-age Pennsylvania, about 365 million years ago. This lobe-finned fish, belonging to a group of back-boned animals called sarcopterygians, was at least twice the size of the largest of the other animals with which it shared the waters.
  • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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Prospective Student Inquiries

Kelly McShay

Kelly Schimpf

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 | kelly.a.schimpf@drexel.edu

Undergraduate Advising

Laurie Zinberg, Academic Adviser, Drexel College of Arts and Sciences

Laurie Zinberg

Academic Adviser
4020 MacAlister
215.895.1805 | lgz23@drexel.edu

Susan Cole

Susan Cole

Assistant Director and Academic Adviser
3201 Arch Street, 2nd Floor
215.895.2905 | coas@drexel.edu

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA)

Students in their waders at Drexel's Environmental Science Leadership Academy 2015

A summer program for high school students that's one part adventure travel, one part leadership training and two parts field experience.

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Contact Us

Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science

3201 Arch Street, Suite 240
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.571.4639 | bees@drexel.edu

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103