You're scientifically minded and you want to make sure your work is good for humans and the natural world. Bucknell's environmental science major is a means of adding an environmental concentration to a B.A. science degree in biology, chemistry or geology.

In this scientifically and technically focused major, you will learn about human and natural systems, gain deep and interdisciplinary knowledge of the environmental sciences and understand the broader impact of your work. You can organize your science electives to gear your studies toward your professional interests.

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science

The B.A. in Environmental Science is only available as a second major to students who 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. These three disciplines form the core of Environmental Science, and consequently the first major ensures that students have sufficient depth of knowledge in a particular area of Environmental Science. Complementing the depth a student receives from the biology, chemistry, or geology major, the B.A. in Environmental Science provides breadth across the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Science. The major is not intended as — nor can it be declared as — a stand-alone course of study. No courses may be counted for both majors.

The B.A. in Environmental Science requires eight (8) courses distributed as follows:

1) ENST 201 Environmental Problems - Sustainable Futures

2 and 3) Two of the three introductory courses from the disciplines within the environmental sciences, but outside the student's primary major.

  • BIOL 208 Principles of Ecology and Evolution   
  • CHEM 160 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
  • GEOL 203 Physical/Environmental Geology

4) One of the following courses:

  • ENST 240 Sustainable Resource Management   
  • ENST 245 Environmental Policy and Politics
  • ENST 254 Environmental Humanities    
  • RELI 226 Environmental Ethics

5-7) Three science or engineering courses from list D here. These may not be from the same department as the student's primary major. Other courses not included in the regular catalog offerings (e.g. special topics courses) may be counted with permission.

8) ENST 411 Environmental Community Projects 

See the Course Catalog for the most current course cluster lists.