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.
The environmental studies major culminates in a senior seminar centered around community projects in the local area. See samples of recent projects.
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 Environmental Center and the Career Development Center can be helpful in internship searches.
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.
A modern environmental lab with professional director supports environmental research in biology, civil engineering, geology, and elsewhere.
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