First-Year Living

Sarah Denning"Joining the Environmental Res College provided me with the best transition into freshman year. Going to classes was so much more comfortable when one was in a room of familiar faces talking about environmental problems, and a when a homework question could be answered by your roommate or a peer just across the hall."

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Spring Break (2013)
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From March 7th - 15th, 2014, Bucknell Geology students, faculty and staff will be studying the geology of New Mexico, exploring sites near Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. The trip is designed for all levels of experience, and Geology Alumni who are in the area often stop by and participate!

From March 7th - 15th, 2014, Bucknell Geology students, faculty and staff will be studying the geology of New Mexico, exploring sites near Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. The trip is designed for all levels of experience, and Geology Alumni who are in the area often stop by and participate!

It’s two degrees above zero, windy and snow on the ground in the northern tier of Pennsylvania. In other words, a perfect day for a Geomorphology field trip!

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Career Paths

Graduates of Bucknell’s geology program have entered the workplace in environmental consulting and exploration geology, as geoscientists with governmental agencies, as educators, as engineers, as consultants and more.

Recent alumni have secured the following positions:

  • Engineer, ARM Group, Incorporated
  • Earth Science Teacher
  • Mineral Exploration Geologist, Newcrest Resources, Inc.
  • Staff Engineer, GeoSyntec Consultants
  • Staff Geoscientist, Jacques Whitford Environmental Consulting Company

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Central Pennsylvania is a magnificent place to study geology. You’ll polish your fieldwork skills the nearby Appalachian Mountains, local farmland, forests, streams, wetlands, coal regions, quarries and Susquehanna River.

You might find even yourself trekking around the U.S., from the Adirondacks to Arizona to Alaska. Wherever you go, you’ll gain a strong foundation in geology and come to understand groundwater, surface processes, shallow geophysics and environmental geochemistry. With advanced labs and equipment and expert, caring faculty, you’ll gain a solid foundation of knowledge and be ready to rock your career.

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Bucknell's ability to provide students with a strong traditional foundation in geology and a background in groundwater, surface processes, shallow geophysics and environmental geochemistry makes its geology program one of the strongest undergraduate programs in the country.

Geology faculty members are dedicated and skilled teachers who also publish regularly in scholarly journals and enjoy guiding students through research projects. Faculty members, rather than student assistants, teach all classes and laboratory sections.

Bucknell is located in a magnificent site for studying geology. The nearby Appalachian Mountains, rich local farmland, forests, headwater streams, wetlands, anthracite coal regions, quarries and the Susquehanna River provide diverse locations for field study.

A senior thesis program (required for B.S. students) guides students through a supervised, independent research experience. Many students find this requirement, which is financially supported by alumni donations, the most challenging and rewarding experience in their college career.

Three minors are offered — geology, engineering geology and environmental geology.

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Jeff Trop

Professor

Jeffrey M. Trop

Taking students to pristine wilderness environments is becoming more important to me. Being totally disconnected from the wired world, they learn a lot about themselves - what they can do, how they can overcome challenges.

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Associate Professor

Ellen K. Herman

My current research focuses on karst hydrology. I am particularly interested in how water and sediment flow through and shape karst systems that have springs, sinkholes and caves.

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Hands-on Experience


Outside the Classroom

Field Work

Bucknell is located in a magnificent site for studying geology. The nearby Appalachian Mountains, rich local farmland, forests, headwater streams, wetlands, anthracite coal regions, quarries and the Susquehanna River provide diverse locations for field study.

Course-related field sites include Virginia barrier islands, Montandon Wetlands, New York Adirondacks, New Jersey Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains.

Research

Undergraduate Research

A senior thesis program (required for B.S. students) guides students through a supervised, independent research experience. Many students find this requirement, which is financially supported by alumni donations, the most challenging and rewarding experience in their college career.

Internships

Internships

Internships provide geology and environmental geology majors with hands-on experience and career networking opportunities. Recently, students have interned with:

  • Carnegie Institution of Washington
  • FTI Consulting
  • IRIS Seismology Planetary Science Institute
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