Bucknell has many resources available for the interdisciplinary study of environmental systems and human impact on the environment.

Student Research

Bucknell encourages student research, within courses, as free-standing theses and projects, within faculty research programs, or during the summer. In addition to the Program for Undergraduate Research, dedicated funds from the McKenna Foundation support student environmental research within the Susquehanna river basin.

Senior Community Project Seminar

The environmental studies major culminates in a senior seminar centered around community projects in the local area. See samples of past projects.

Study Abroad

A majority of the environmental studies students take advantage of the University's international studies opportunities and spend a semester studying in very different environments, such as east Africa, Australia, Belize, and Ecuador, as well as Europe or Washington, D.C.


The program supports student internships through the faculty's contacts, through guidance in the students' own searches, and occasionally through course credit. Research, science, educational, corporate, planning, enforcement, law, and policy internships are possible. The Center for Sustainability and the Environment and the Career Development Center can be helpful in internship searches.

Field Sites

Students and faculty work at four natural areas in the local region, and numerous other locales in the rural Ridge-and-Valley landscape and beyond -- coal mines, landfills, State Forests, limestone valleys, and Virginia beaches, etc.

Environmental Laboratory

A modern environmental lab with professional director supports environmental research in biology, civil engineering, geology, and elsewhere.