Interdisciplinary teaching is another core component of the Susquehanna River Initiative. Over the past four years, it has attracted over two hundred students in civil engineering, geology, and biology, as well as the humanities, and connected their research and learning to the river.
Course development grants bring faculty from across disciplines together to create new interdisciplinary courses or enhance older watershed-related courses to engage students in relevant topics that use the Susquehanna watershed as a great teaching laboratory.
From hellbenders, to shad migration, designing turbines and tidal generators, to trout habitat improvement and stream restoration, students are more engaged by learning in a out-in-the-field and on-the-river setting. New courses include: Natural History of the Susquehanna River, Watershed Systems Science, Stream Restoration, Sedimentation Engineering, River Mechanics, and the 444-mile classroom of the Bucknell-On-The-Susquehanna (BotS).
Once a new course is being taught, the SRI director and staff work closely with the professor and students to assist them with on-the-river labs, classroom lectures, watershed data and maps, and occasional kayak trips.