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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

  • BEES students in Barnegat Bay

    Celebrating 10 Years of BEES With Department Head David Velinsky, PhD

    As the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) celebrates its 10th anniversary, we spoke with department head David Velinsky, PhD, about the history of the department, its many success stories and how it has grown over the last decade in this Q&A. 

  • Abigail Del Grosso

    A Day in the Life at the Academy of Natural Sciences' Ornithology Department

    A co-op in the Academy of Natural Sciences' ornithology department has allowed environmental science major Abigail Del Grosso to more deeply explore her interest in birds. She shares her more about what her work entails and why it's important in this Q&A. 

  • Kris Freyland in the field Confronting the Effects of Coastal Climate Change

    Throughout their co-op this spring and summer, environmental science major Kris Freyland worked with Beth Watson, PhD, associate professor of biodiversity, earth and environmental science and senior scientist at the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Patrick Center for Environmental Research, to study the impact of saltwater intrusion into coastal forests. 

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Prospective Students

Please email coas@drexel.edu or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!


Undergraduate Advising

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

Laurie Zinberg

Senior Academic Adviser; Coordinator, BRIDGE Program
3018 MacAlister Hall
215.895.6460 | lgz23@drexel.edu

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA)

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

This summer program for high school students is one part adventure travel, one part leadership training and two parts field experience. DESLA programs take place at:

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Contact Us

Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science

2024 MacAlister Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.571.4651 | bees@drexel.edu

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103