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Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science

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.

Learn more about the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

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

Recent News

  • kuphus polythamia giant shipworm Q&A: Extraordinary Four-Foot-Long Clams Finally Found Alive

    Hiding inside a hard shell that’s up to four feet long and resembles an elephant tusk, there’s a dark-colored earthworm-like creature. At one end, the creature’s body forms a slight bulb. At the other, claw-like appendages. It doesn’t really eat on its own, but ingests products made by bacteria that live within it.

  • Mario the Dragon Drexel University Statue Awards, Grants, Fellowships and Scholarships - BEES Students’ Work Pays Off

    Graduate and undergraduate students in Drexel's Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) received an impressive number of awards, scholarships, grants and fellowships for 2017-18. Their academic prowess also earned the department the record for the highest number of honorees for major scholarships/fellowships out of any department in the University!

  • How to Train 'Superhuman' Geoscientists How to Train 'Superhuman' Geoscientists The radiologist interpreting your MRI scan and the geologist assessing our natural resource reserves have one important thing in common: They are both exceptionally skilled at perceiving important cues in an image or vista that the rest of us are almost certain to miss.
  • Ted Daeschler's Camp in Anartica Ted Daeschler Checks in from Antarctica Ted Daeschler, PhD, recently completed an expedition to explore Antarctic rocks dating to the Devonian Period, a time that ended some 120 million years before the first dinosaurs appeared. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University thought it would be fun to have Ted describe his odyssey in his own words - and he obliged by writing a few posts for their blog while he was on his journey.
  • Ted Daeschler, PhD Journey to the Bottom of the World: Academy Researcher to Dig for Fossils in Antarctica On his latest adventure, Ted Daeschler won’t have to keep an eye out for wolves or polar bears. That’s a welcome change. “That’ll be very comforting,” he laughed. For the first time, Daeschler, a PhD who serves as vice president of Collections and the Library of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will head to Antarctica to seek out fossils dating back to a time before the dinosaurs.

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Admissions

Kelly McShay

Kelly McShay

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 | kam825@drexel.edu

Undergraduate Advising

Susan Cole

Susan Cole

Academic Adviser
3201 Arch Street, 2nd Floor
215.895.2905 | coas@drexel.edu

Rita Berson

Rita Berson

Academic Adviser
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.895.1805 | coas@drexel.edu

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA)

Students in their waders at Drexel's Environmental Science Leadership Academy 2015

A summer program for high school students that's one part adventure travel, one part leadership training and two parts field experience.

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Contact Us

Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science

3201 Arch Street, Suite 240
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.571.4639 | bees@drexel.edu

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103