Environmental Residential College

Examine the complex scientific, cultural, political and ethical dimensions of environmental issues.

Explore the ecological impact of human activities, and study successes in sustainable development. Raise awareness and celebrate the wonder of the natural world.

Environmental College Student Staff


Holly Moore

Holly Moore

"I really loved being in the environmental res college freshman year! It helped me meet new people from the college and develop good relationships with the junior and senior fellows. We also got to go on some really fun trips."

Hometown: Lewisburg, Pa.
Major: psychology
htm002@bucknell.edu

Gari Eberly

Gari Eberly

"Through the Environmental Residential College, I met some of my closest friends and was given the unique opportunity to integrate my learning experience with the outdoors. It's a great way to take your education outside of the classroom! In the Environmental Residential College, you will have the opportunity to take hiking, kayaking, and camping trips. Class time is divided between the classroom and outdoor trips in the greater Lewisburg area, where you can learn more about the practicalities of sustainability in person. I'm looking forward to participating in the Residential College Experience again, this time as a Junior Fellow!"

Hometown: Harrisburg, Pa.
Majors: biomedical engineering and English
gle005@bucknell.edu

Foundation Seminar Course Choices


Sustainable Harvest

Wendell Berry famously said "Eating is an agricultural act." This quote alludes to the social, economic and environmental impacts of our daily consumption of food. Through food and agriculture we will explore societal connections to the biological fields of evolution, ecology, botany and human nutrition.

This course will engage students in an interactive, discussion- and project-based course that will consider how our food choices and national agricultural policies affect our health, the natural environment and the lives of others.

Exploring Nature

This course explores the idea that enduring environmental awareness and a full appreciation of the challenge of sustainability is rooted in extensive first-hand experience of the natural world—wildlife, woods, fields, rivers, estuaries, the night sky and so forth.

This course will expose students to four major writers — Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and E. O. Wilson — all scientists whose careers are based on field work and all with a love of language and a knowledge of literature and philosophy, who shaped twentieth and twenty first century awareness of the nature of nature and of the relationship of human culture to nature.  We will also be reading Bill McKibben’s 1989 The End of Nature which introduced the public to the reality of climate change and the philosophical idea that “we live in a post-natural world,” an era dubbed “the Anthropocene” to mark this reversal between man-made forces and the state of nature.

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