Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Studies
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, so no matter which environmental degree or major a student is pursuing, they are sure to receive a gratifying, extensive and comprehensive education.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Science
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.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Environmental Studies and Sustainability
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 use their environmental studies degree to participate in cross-cultural dialogue and help people around the world understand environmental issues.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geoscience
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.
Earn your advanced degree sooner — Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science majors can choose from three accelerated degree programs that allow academically qualified students to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree concurrently.
Climate Change Minor
Climate change is one of the most serious challenges of our lifetime, and in the coming decades will impact every aspect of our lives and careers. Even though actions are being taken to reduce global emissions, today’s students will live through a period of rapid climate change unprecedented in human history. This minor in climate change provides an overview of the Earth’s climate system and the science of climate change, as well as how to understand, mitigate, and adapt to its potential impacts from varied disciplinary perspectives.
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.
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.
The Geoscience minor is designed to give students specializing in other fields the skills to understand and analyze current issues in geology. It is a natural fit for environmental science majors who wish to understand how the physical world can impact biodiversity, ecological processes and environmental impacts.
For students majoring in such fields as business and engineering, the minor in geoscience will provide them with the tools to make better decisions about products or projects related to natural hazards and their impact, cost and availability of natural resources, energy policy, space exploration, land use, and environmental justice.
Master of Science (MS) in Ecology, Evolution and Earth Systems
The Master of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Earth Science (EEES) at Drexel University is a multidisciplinary program in which students can focus their studies in areas such as ecology, evolution and systematics, biodiversity, conservation, earth systems science, and environmental science and policy. Master’s degree programs in EEES —both the non-thesis option and the thesis option— provide an in-depth look at environmental systems, as well as the scientific skills needed to analyze and respond to them. Students with are trained in data collection and analysis, environmental planning, technical report writing, sampling, surveying and more. At Drexel, EEES master's students learn through a combination of fieldwork, research, historical analysis and mentorship from leading scientists in the field.
Doctoral (PhD) in Ecology, Evolution and Earth Systems
The doctoral (PhD) degree program in Ecology, Evolution and Earth Systems (EEES) at Drexel University is a multidisciplinary program that emphasizes collaboration with other departments at the University, allowing for research in many disciplines, including ecology, evolution and sytematics, biodiversity, conservation, earth and environmental science. Students work closely with one or more faculty members to master their chosen area of environmental research.