Grand Challenge Scholars will be required to complete a curriculum that provides knowledge related to solving one or more of the Grand Challenges; however, the GCSP should not make it more difficult for any student to complete her/his degree requirements within four years (five years if dual-degree). One component of the GCSP curriculum is expected to include a Grand Challenges course offered during the academic year. In past years, this course was a foundation seminar within the Society & Technology Residential College, but in future years the course is expected to be an elective open to all but first year students. In exceptional circumstances, a GC Scholar may receive permission to not take an academic year course. In such cases, the Scholar must complete online modules that introduce the concepts about critical thinking of technology, microeconomics, engineering economics/finance, management of technology and innovation, and public policy.
A second component of the GCSP curriculum is the relevant electives that each Scholar will choose through guidance by their faculty advisor and their GCSP faculty/staff subcommittee. All GC Scholars are strongly encouraged to take ECON 103 and a public policy course, such as UNIV 225, POLY 231 ECON 237, ENST 226, or ENST 245. Engineers will ideally choose several of their required five social science and humanities electives and their required technical electives that are relevant to one or more Grand Challenges. The initial list of existing courses at Bucknell that would provide valuable knowledge related to each cluster of the 14 Grand Challenges are shown below. Once a GC Scholar identifies the Grand Challenge they are most interested in pursuing, they will discuss with their academic advisor and their GCSP faculty subcommittee which courses from this list would best prepare them for the research, entrepreneurial activity, senior design project, graduate school and career she envisions. This list will be expanded and updated over time.
Past GC Scholars have been expected to take a 1.0 credit three-week GCSP summer course, however, this requirement has been removed when the course is not offered. In 2015, 17 GC Scholars participated in a course called "Entrepreneurship and Renewable Energy in Iceland (ENGR 210)." This course, which exposed students to fundamental topics in entrepreneurship, including market opportunity, product ideation and development, accounting and finance and business plans. An important part of the students' learning was hearing lectures by faculty from Reykjaik University's School of Energy and visiting operating geothermal, hydropower and biofuel facilities in Iceland, as coordinated by the Global Renewable Energy Education Network (GREEN). Faculty from the College of Management and the College of Engineering helped teach this course.
In 2016, 15 GC Scholars participated in a course called "Social Entrepreneurship in New Orleans," which was co-taught by the GCSP Director (civil & environmental engineering) and the Director of Civic Engagement. The course started with a week of on-campus sessions on accounting and finance, for-profit entrepreneurship, not-for-profit entrepreneurship, business plans, renewing infrastructure, and infrastructure issues in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, with guest lectures by faculty from geography, geology and management. During ten days in New Orleans, the students spent nearly a week performing service learning and participating in a number of activities related to social entrepreneurship.
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