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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.

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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.

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“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

  • Dean Schultheis with Drexel study abroad students With Newly Adopted Research Center, the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program Welcomes CoAS Faculty and Students This spring, faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences traveled to Equatorial Guinea to celebrate the official government adoption of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program’s scientific research center. The events not only highlighted the accomplishments of the program, but also shed light on opportunities for further collaboration with Drexel University researchers and students.
  • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue CoAS Accomplishments in Brief We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Tamilokus New Species Announced at the Academy: 445 Days in Rewind

    The continued discovery and documentation of new species shows life on Earth can still surprise us – and it’s clear that conservation and proper cohabitation of this world is increasingly important. Scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University helped discover and recently published a few new slimy, shelled and fossilized species within the past 445 days, and each instance serves as a reminder of just how important biodiversity is.

  • Stefanie Kroll Protecting Bioko's Biodiversity My first few days are spent in the capital, Malabo, at the Study Abroad house with the Drexel University students, Mary Katherine “Katy” Gonder, PhD, director of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, David Montgomery, BBPP national manager, and their truly dedicated staff. About two-thirds into the academic quarter, everyone seems just as busy and lively as I imagine they were in week one, which speaks to the value and importance of their conservation and education work on this tropical island.
  • A lagoon in Baja California, Mexico Research Update: CoAS Professors with Fulbright Awards

    We caught up with professors in the College of Arts and Sciences who recently won awards through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program. From Mexico to Montpellier, these four profs are taking their research and teaching abroad.

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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 |

Undergraduate Advising

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

Laurie Zinberg

Academic Adviser
4020 MacAlister
215.895.2689 |

Susan Cole

Susan Cole

Assistant Director and Academic Adviser
2024 MacAlister
215.895.2905 |

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 |

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103