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Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at Drexel features state-of-the-art facilities, hands-on career and research experiences, and renowned faculty at the forefront of cellular and molecular biology, genomics and more.

Drexel University’s Department of Biology is home to a dynamic group of researchers who are leaders in the fields of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, genomics and more. Students learn through hands-on experiences gained in and outside of the classroom. As a leader in STEM education, from research in faculty labs to co-op positions with the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania to a study abroad on Bioko Island, our undergraduates have the opportunity to explore real-life career options before graduation.

About the Curriculum

With faculty members who are passionate about teaching and research, the department is a leader in STEM education, guiding the design of new curricular approaches to enhance student learning. The curriculum offers focus and flexibility, allowing students to define their path to success. Graduate students are vigorously involved in coursework, seminars, journal clubs, research and more, and receive individualized attention and mentorship working alongside department faculty.

Learn more about degrees in biology

The Drexel Co-Op

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 process. For students planning to pursue advanced degrees in the biological sciences or careers in research, co-op is essential to career development. Students have held co-op positions with a variety of industry leaders, such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, ViroPharma, Fox Chase Cancer Institute, Moss Rehab, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and many more.

Learn more about co-op for biology majors

Drexel Biology Student Jennifer Viveros
“One of the best biology courses is Dictyostelium Research… Unlike other courses, students are not following a syllabus... The class mirrors a research lab where students are analyzing their results and making educated decisions on what their next steps should be.” Jennifer ViveirosBS biological sciences ’17

Recent News

  • Headshots of Tim Hanlon and Angel Hogan

    #ForeverDragons: Save the Date for the CoAS Commencement 2021

    On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the College of Arts and Sciences will celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021 with a virtual commencement. The ceremony will be live-streamed from Mandell Theater, where a small party of dignitaries and speakers will gather.

  • Shivani Patel and Ryan Petrie stand in front of a research poster

    Undergraduate Research Leads to Lead Authorship in Biology Publication

    Shivani Patel '20, Nicole Naranjo '18, and Kimheak Sao '16 conducted work as undergraduates in the Petrie Lab that led to a recent publication in Molecular Biology of the Cell.
  • 2020 CoAS Research Day Winners Paper Wasps to Fenceline Communities: Top Student-Led Research from Spring and Summer The College of Arts and Sciences’ first-ever virtual Research Day showcased unique and innovative research conducted last spring and summer by Drexel students and their CoAS faculty mentors. The research may have been conducted as part of a research co-op, STAR Scholars project, independent funding and more. Learn more about the students who received the day’s top prizes and how the awardees have used the projects to push forward in their academic and professional careers.
  • Jason Orne, PhD and Jennifer Stanford, PhD Four CoAS Projects Funded in Support of Racial Equity This summer, Drexel University’s Office of Research and Innovation funded projects by 22 faculty and staff across the university from its Rapid Response Research and Development Fund, which was designated for urgent action, short-term projects focused on racial equity. Learn more about the funded projects out of the College of Arts and Sciences, and how the researchers are tackling issues from bystandership among police officers to inclusive teaching practices.
  • 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.

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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

Preston Roach, undergraduate academic adviser, biology students last names O-Z, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences
Preston Roach

Academic Adviser
Office location pending
Phone number pending | psr35@drexel.edu

Jennifer Rubin Weyant, Associate Director of Advising and Student Success, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Rubin Weyant

Associate Director and Academic Adviser
3031 MacAlister Hall
215.895.2689 | jlr45@drexel.edu

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

Laurie Zinberg

Senior Academic Adviser
3031 MacAlister
215.895.2689 | lgz23@drexel.edu

Leanne Sweppenheiser, Senior Academic Adviser, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Leanne Sweppenheiser

Senior Academic Adviser
218 Papadakis Integrated Sciences Center
215.895.2623 | lmt38@drexel.edu

Contact Us

Department of Biology

123 Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building
3245 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.2788 | biology@drexel.edu