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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.

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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.

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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

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  • Deanna Mauro Biology Student at Drexel University Bio Grad Takes on Mental Health Stigma and Medicine On co-op at Johnson & Johnson, Deanna Mauro ’19 stood confidently before a room of senior scientists. Mauro, a biological sciences major at Drexel University, had spent the past six months running her own project, designed to increase the effectiveness of a specific immunotherapy.
  • Fabrice Kentatchime, manager of the Ganga Station, teaches students how to identify food remains from chimpanzee feces. Course Spotlight: Chimpanzee Biodiversity and Conservation in Cameroon Most biology courses don’t take place foreign national park, or require an independent, chimpanzee research project — but Chimpanzee Biodiversity and Conservation is not your average biology course.
  • 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.
  • Sean O’Donnell Interim Head of Drexel University’s Department of Biology New Interim Department Head of Biology The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that Sean O’Donnell, PhD, has been appointed Interim Head of Drexel University’s Department of Biology.

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Prospective Student Inquiries

Please send inquiries to coas@drexel.edu or call us at 215.895.1805. We look forward to hearing from you.


Contact Us

Department of Biology

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