The Watershed Sciences and Engineering (WSE) Program is a broad, interdisciplinary academic program within the Center for Sustainability and the Environment. Strictly speaking, however, the WSE program is not an academic major (such as biology, geology, or civil and environmental engineering) and it does not offer a degree. The courses that WSE staff help teach are done in collaboration with a faculty member in an existing academic department such as biology, geology, civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, computers science, or management.

Unique watershed-based courses

Over the years, the WSE program has developed three unique, interdisciplinary field-intensive courses which they offer periodically (see below). These courses are listed as either a university-wide course (UNIV) or under the geology (GEOL) or environmental studies (ENST) departments.

Visit Bucknell's online course catalog for the most up-to-date information about all courses in the school of arts and sciences or engineering: Course Catalog.


UNIV 298. Stream Restoration. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3,Lab:4; Repeatable
Scientific principles to integrate physical and biological approaches to stream restoration in watershed management. This team-taught field course highlights developing restoration plans for local streams. Crosslisted as GEOL 298 or ENST 298.

Connecting students to the Susquehanna River
UNIV 298 - Stream Restoration students conducting a bio-habitat assessment of Miller Run, a highly-degraded stream that flows through the campus of Bucknell. The students conducted additional geomorphic and hydrologic assessments of the watershed and prepared a stream restoration plan for the university.


UNIV 299. Watershed Systems Science. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3,Lab:4; Repeatable
Watersheds regulate water flow and ecosystem health on our landscape. Team-taught field course integrating physical, chemical, and biological processes in watersheds, using the Susquehanna and tributaries. Crosslisted as GEOL 299 or ENST 299.

Connecting students to the Susquehanna River
There is no better way for students to learn about aquatic life and the river continuum concept than to make the field be the classroom.


UNIV 299. Bucknell on the Susquehanna. .5 Credits.

A 3- to 4-week field-intensive sojourn throughout the Susquehanna watershed, from its glaciated headwater regions to its mouth at the Atlantic Oceon at the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. Travel across the country to explore the Cascades, Olympic Peninsula, and the Puget Sound, the second largest estuary. Compare and contrast the cultures, history, landforms, ecology, and environmental issues facing these two important regions of the world.

Connecting students to the Susquehanna River
Bucknell-On-The-Susquehanna students learn about oyster farming and health of the Chesapeake Bay as they sail on a Skipjack, a traditional sailboat used in the Chesapeake Bay for commercial oyster dredging.
Connecting students to the Susquehanna River
Bucknell-On-The-Susquehanna students traverse a saltwater marsh to learn how the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is conducting long-term studies on greenhouse gas emissions and ecology of these complex wetland systems.

Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program

Watershed Tools

The Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program at Bucknell University seeks to achieve national distinction for excellence in education and scholarship in science and engineering by incorporating the Susquehanna River watershed as a teaching and research laboratory.

Since 2006, it has been integrating water and the river into the curriculum and across academic disciplines in ways that enrich Bucknell's intellectual environment, promote sustainability and watershed stewardship, and enable the university to act as a catalyst for environmental and cultural progress in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

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Celebrating 10 Years of River Symposiums

2015 River Symposium

10th Annual River Symposium

The River, Its Landscapes
and Our Lives

Ongoing Projects and Research in the Susquehanna Watershed

November 13 -14, 2015

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2014 River Symposium

9th Annual River Symposium

Science and the River

Ongoing Projects and Research in the Susquehanna Watershed

November 21 -22, 2014

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2013 River Symposium

8th Annual River Symposium

A Fragmented System

Dams on the Susquehanna River

October 18-19, 2013

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2012 River Symposium

7th Annual River Symposium

Wasn't That A Mighty Storm!

Flooding in the Susquehanna Watershed

October 12-13, 2012

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2011 River Symposium

6th Annual River Symposium

River Towns in the 21st Century

Supporting local development in the Susquehanna Valley by recognizing regional community assets

October 14-15, 2011

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2010 River Symposium

5th Annual River Symposium

Exploring Our Vital Resource

River Ecological Health
and the Chesapeake Bay

October 22-23, 2010

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2009 River Symposium

4th Annual River Symposium

Cultures at the Confluence

Native Americans, Ecology, and the Susquehanna Valley

September 26, 2009

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2008 River Symposium

3rd Annual River Symposium

The Susquehanna and Agriculture

Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce sediment and nutrient loading to the Chesapeake Bay

September 12 & 13, 2008

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2007 River Symposium

2nd Annual River Symposium

Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Drainage Remediation

Seeking Common Ground Along the Susquehanna

September 28, 2007

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2006 River Symposium

1st Annual River Symposium

From the Branches to the Confluence

The Upper Susquehanna River Basin and its Communities

September 23, 2006

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Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program

Center for Sustainability and the Environment
Bucknell University
One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837


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