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Science & Engineering Profile

Make a decision that will change your life for the better every day. Choose a university where your faculty will inspire you to take bold steps in learning. A place where you can be ambitious, intellectual, and active. Choose Bucknell University.

The benefits of a Bucknell education
When you study science or engineering at Bucknell, you’ll learn directly from faculty who are experts in topics ranging from robotics to autism, nanomechanics, environmental geosciences, primate behavior, and more. You’ll have opportunities to get involved in faculty research or conduct research of your own, use professional-grade instrumentation, design and build projects, or coauthor a published professional paper. 

You’ll join a community of students, faculty, and alumni who solve problems, create solutions, and learn through hands-on experiences. You can combine your electives to match your interests and goals; you might even choose to pair your science or engineering studies with a second major in the arts, humanities, management, or social sciences. 

All of your learning, in class and out, will give you the skills, knowledge, and flexibility of mind employers seek, and your hard work will pay off. The career placement rate for recent Bucknell graduates is consistently high: 96% of the Class of 2015 were employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, or volunteering within nine months of graduation. Bucknell is ranked #3 among best-value liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salaries. And our alumni include highly successful business leaders, researchers, physicians, entrepreneurs, educators, scholars, actors, engineers, authors, artists, and humanitarians.

Active student life
These big opportunities will take place in a close-knit atmosphere. With a 9:1 student-faculty ratio and 3,600 undergraduates, Bucknell gives you the chance to get to know your professors personally and form lifelong friendships with your classmates. 

Nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Visiting scholars and speakers come to Bucknell almost every week to complement your learning and explore important issues in depth. You can participate in Division I athletics, intramural and club sports, a strong fraternity and sorority system, about 200 student-run clubs and organizations, and diverse religious life programs.

A beautiful campus, connected to the world
With its green spaces and striking vistas, Bucknell is a quintessential college environment in the heart of scenic central Pennsylvania. You’ll be able to walk to the shops and restaurants of historic downtown Lewisburg, including the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore and the art deco Campus Theatre. 

Learning happens off campus too. Students frequently perform service locally and as far away as Nicaragua and Uganda. They secure summer internships with nonprofit organizations and corporations. They study abroad through one of the University’s own programs or through more than 430 other approved programs worldwide. After they graduate, they live, work, volunteer, and study all over the world.

Within the surrounding region, you can kayak on the Susquehanna River, hike on the many trails in the area, or go for a bike ride on the rail trail just minutes from campus. When you’re feeling like some urban exposure, New York City; Baltimore; Washington, DC; Philadelphia; and Pittsburgh are all within a three- to four-hour drive. We run bus trips to selected cities too.

Applying for admission
When you apply for admission, we look at the whole picture your application represents. Among the many factors we consider are your intellectual ability, the quality of your high school preparation, your SAT or ACT scores, your special talents and contributions to your school and community, your writing skills, your recommendations, and your character.

To apply for admission, complete the Common Application at commonapp.org (deadlines: Early Decision I, November 15; Early Decision II, January 15; Regular Decision, January 15).

Cost and financial aid
For 2016–2017 Bucknell’s comprehensive fee is $64,616, including tuition, fees, standard room, and anytime-access meal plan. Keep in mind that the actual cost to you and your family will depend on your need, which we determine based on the information you provide when you apply for financial aid. If you think you might need financial assistance to attend Bucknell, apply for financial aid. It’s a separate process from admission. Apply using the CSS/PROFILE at student.collegeboard.com/profile and follow the admission application deadlines listed above.

About 52% of students receive scholarships and grants from the University, and about 62% receive financial aid of some form, including need-based scholarships, loans, work-study, and a limited number of merit scholarships. The average total financial aid package in the fall of 2016 for first-year students with financial need was about $35,500. The average student loan debt upon graduation is about $22,600.

We offer limited merit scholarships to students with exceptional academic records and talents. Awards include $20,000-per-year Presidential Fellowships, Dean’s Scholarships, math scholarships, B-WISE (women in science and engineering) Scholarships, and FIRST Robotics Scholarships.




College of Arts and Sciences

• Africana Studies

• Animal Behavior

• Anthropology

• Applied Mathematical Sciences

• Art (Studio)

• Art History

• Biology

• Cell Biology & Biochemistry

• Chemistry

• Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies

• Comparative Humanities

• Computer Science

• Early Childhood Education

• East Asian Studies

• Economics

• Education

• English

• Environmental Geosciences

• Environmental Science

• Environmental Studies

• French & Francophone Studies

• Geography

• Geology

• German Studies

• History

• Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics & Mathematics

• International Relations

• Italian Studies

• Latin American Studies

• Linguistics

• Mathematics

• Music

• Neuroscience

• Philosophy

• Physics

• Political Science

• Psychology

• Religious Studies

• Russian Studies

• Sociology

• Spanish

• Theatre

• Women’s & Gender Studies


College of Engineering

• Biomedical Engineering

• Chemical Engineering

• Civil Engineering

• Computer Engineering

• Computer Science & Engineering

• Electrical Engineering

• Environmental Engineering

• Mechanical Engineering


College of Management*

• Accounting & Financial Management

• Global Management

• Managing for Sustainability

• Markets, Innovation & Design 

* The School of Management will become the College of Management in July 2017.


Five-Year Dual Degrees

• Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Arts

• Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Management for Engineers


Special advising is available for those interested in pursuing health or law professions.