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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Drexel’s BS in Environmental Science degree has undergone exciting renovations as a result of the 2011 merger of Drexel University with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. The new curriculum capitalizes on the strengths of Drexel and Academy researchers, offering students a hands-on, research-rich experience that will prepare them for careers or graduate school in the environmental sciences.

And because the philosophy of the BEES department is “Field Experience, Early and Often,” incoming freshmen won’t have to wait until classes start to roll up their sleeves: the first field excursion will begin before they’re even on campus!


Pre-Term Field Experience at Barnegat Bay

Three days prior to orientation, students will participate in an interactive course at the Barnegat Bay Field Station in New Jersey. This unique opportunity will give students a sneak peek into their academic careers and a jumpstart on building lasting friendships with their classmates and professors.

Learn more about the Pre-Term Field Experience »


The Curriculum

The BS Environmental Science curriculum allows students to pursue a concentration of interest, while receiving an overall breadth of knowledge from the core courses in the discipline. The following four concentrations are available:

  • Biodiversity and Evolution
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology & Conservation
  • Environmental Science

The first 3 concentrations—Biodiversity & Evolution; Earth Science; and Ecology & Conservation—represent areas of combined expertise of researchers at Drexel and the Academy. The Environmental Science concentration is a more generalized track for students who are not sure of their career goals and want a broader diversity of training in the environmental sciences.

Each concentration will include four required courses and 15 credits (at least 5 courses) to be selected from concentrations across the major. The curriculum for all majors—no matter which concentration they choose—also includes 24 credits of free electives, allowing students to pursue minors in other disciplines around the university, if interested.


Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree: 184.5 credits


Recommended Plan of Study

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science: 5 Year, 3 Co-op Option