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PhD in Environmental Science

The PhD in Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary program that emphasizes collaboration with other departments at the University, allowing for research in a number of disciplines including ecology, evolution, biodiversity, conservation, environmental assessment and paleoecology-geology. Students work closely with one or more faculty members to master their chosen area of environmental research.

General Requirements for a PhD in Environmental Studies

Applicants to the Environmental Science doctoral program are judged on academic excellence and the alignment of their research interests with those of the BEES Department faculty. To be awarded the Environmental Science PhD, students must complete a PhD dissertation and are expected to publish their research in leading peer-reviewed journals. There is no prescribed coursework for the doctorate. Students develop an academic plan of study appropriate for the completion of their research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. In addition to a qualifying entrance examination, the PhD student must pass a candidacy examination and an oral defense of the dissertation, which demonstrates the capacity to perform independent research.

Environmental Science PhD Teaching Fellow Policy

The College of Arts and Sciences regards training in pedagogy and instruction to be core to the mission of doctoral education. Therefore, all Environmental Science PhD students in the College are required to perform significant teaching duties (defined over multiple terms) during the pursuit of their degree. These activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervising teaching labs
  • Running course recitations
  • Teaching as the primary instructor
  • Running student seminars
  • Training junior researchers in core research methods
  • Running or actively participating in pedagogical seminars or conferences

Alternate fulfillment of this requirement is at the discretion of the program director and the head of the student's home department.

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William L. McLean III Fellowship

The William L. McLean III Fellowship is a fellowship for the study of environmental sciences and ornithology.

The William L. McLean III Fellowship is a fellowship for the study of environmental sciences and ornithology.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) are pleased to offer the William L. McLean III Fellowship in support of original graduate research in the fields of environmental science and/or ornithology. A faculty member within BEES must support and approve the application. The fellowship is for one academic year, and covers stipend, fees, tuition and research expenses (such as equipment, supplies and travel). Funds may be used for laboratory or field support as well as the final stages of a PhD dissertation.

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Apply for a Graduate degree in Environmental Science

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Philadelphia, PA 19103