About the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science

About Header The mission of the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the environment through interdisciplinary scientific education and research.

In the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES), faculty and students study the fundamental processes of natural science and the complex problems facing the environment in order to lead in the environmental stewardship of our planet. The academic programs in the Department promote an interdisciplinary science-based approach to studying everything from organisms to ecosystems, from the past through the present. Our research extends from systematic biology and paleontology to mechanisms of ecological processes and applied conservation work. Students gain hands-on experience in basic and applied research methods as they work alongside department faculty.

This new department is the result of Drexel’s recent partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences. Founded in 1812, the Academy is America's oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has carried out its mission to encourage and cultivate the sciences, exploring the remarkable diversity of our natural world and sharing these discoveries with the public through innovative exhibits, publications, and educational programming.

This new partnership will join faculty from Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Academy, and will provide students and researchers with access to expertise and significant museum collections in all areas of natural history. The Academy's Patrick Center for Environmental Research and Center for Systematic Biology and Evolution will expand the breadth and scope of study at Drexel. To learn more about the Academy and its vast collections, please visit: