Civil or Environmental Engineering?
Bucknell offers separate bachelor of science degree programs in civil engineering and environmental engineering. Both majors provide a solid foundation in engineering studies to prepare you for a career as a flexible, ethical, globally aware professional, and are grounded in Bucknell's liberal arts curriculum. The difference is in their focus.
As a civil engineering major, you'll learn to plan, design and construct roads, bridges, water delivery systems and other infrastructure. You'll partner with professors on projects to design safer roadways, foster bike- and pedestrian-friendly communities, and help nations rebuild in the wake of devastating natural disasters. You'll gain technical savvy in working with instruments and equipment and think deeply about the social, ethical and environmental dimensions of your work.
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As an environmental engineering major, you'll learn to design, construct and operate systems that protect the environment and human health, recover resources and enable society's continued development. You'll work side-by-side with professors to produce safe drinking water, use microbes to turn food waste into energy, and prevent harmful stormwater runoff from flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. You'll be prepared to positively influence governmental and corporate decisions regarding policy, environment and business.
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Explore Real-world Engineering
Bucknell civil & environmental engineering majors explore their discipline in the real world. They do it at internships at major construction sites and around the world through Engineering 290 — our summer study-abroad program designed specifically for engineers that examines engineering in a global framework. All civil & environmental engineering majors can also take part in a senior-year field trip funded by the Beavers Charitable Trust.
Our students also dive deep into important research that makes real progress toward creating a more resilient and sustainable future in Bucknell's world-class facilities, including a research green roof, structural testing lab and sustainability monitoring center.