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 right from the start through our Pre-Term Field Experience, and have unprecedented access to incredible facilities, including local and international field sites, Drexel’s Gold-LEED-certified Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, not to mention the incredible Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 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, allowing for greater success and satisfaction after graduation.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
The Academy 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
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. 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