Immerse yourself in the great scientific and human issues in contemporary environmental affairs. Choose from two degree options: environmental studies or environmental science.

Our breadth of courses includes anthropology, engineering, chemistry, philosophy, religion, biology, geology, economics, English, geography, history, classics and philosophy. We emphasize field-based learning and encourage study abroad. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in governmental policy and planning jobs, environmental enforcement, non-profit organizations, law, teaching, corporate communications, research, and many other fields.

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Lectures, workshops and round-tables bring experts and distinguished scholars in the areas of environmental science, policy and law to campus to add to the knowledge students gain through their coursework.

We offer an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts major in Environmental Studies for students who have an abiding interest in the general environmental problems faced by humans, and with special concern for their humanistic, policy, and social science aspects. Themes for this major include Environmental Policy, Politics and Economics, Environmental Planning, Environmental Ethics/Humanities, Environmental Advocacy, International Environmental Perspectives, Environmental and Human Health, and Perspectives on Sustainability.

We also offer a Bachelor of Arts major in Environmental Science as a coordinate major. This major is only available to students who also major in biology, chemistry, or geology, and therefore may be thought of as a means of adding an environmental concentration to a B.A. science degree. Complementing the depth of knowledge in the student's primary area of study, the B.A. in Environmental Science provides breadth across the interdisciplinary field of environmental science. 

Students and faculty work at four natural areas in the local region and in many other locales in the rural ridge-and-valley landscape and beyond. These sites include coal mines, landfills, state forests, limestone valleys, Virginia beaches, Florida scrublands and California deserts.

Environmental studies students work closely with the Bucknell University Environmental Center (BUEC). At the center, faculty, staff and students collaborate on environmental and nature-related learning, teaching, scholarship, service and action projects at local, regional, national and international levels.

Get to Know Us


Amanda Wooden

Associate Professor

Amanda Wooden

I'm interested in how, when and why people engage politically about the environment, and I look at how political contexts influence environmental collective action.

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Peter Wilshusen

Associate Professor

Peter Wilshusen

Oftentimes, when you think of environmental science and environmental studies, you think of the natural sciences, like biology and geology. Here, we're truly interested in integrating all academic perspectives.

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Why Environmental Studies?


We asked students to tell us in five words or less why they love environmental studies.

Hands-on Experience


Outside the Classroom

Field Work

Students and faculty work at four natural areas in the local region and in many other locales in the rural ridge-and-valley landscape and beyond. These sites include coal mines, landfills, state forests, limestone valleys, Virginia beaches, Florida scrublands and California deserts.

Research

Undergraduate Research

For Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors, ENST 411: Environmental Community Projects provides a "clinic" course where students apply research methods to a local environmental issue.

Internships

Internships

Environmental studies majors can gain career experience and hands-on skills through internships. Bucknell’s Career Development Center supports students who want to secure internships. Recently, students have interned at the following organizations:

  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • SEDA-COG Energy Resource Center
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