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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

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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 | kam825@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
2024 MacAlister
215.895.2905 | coless@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

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