Watershed Studies Minor

Understanding the delicate balance between land, water and communities is key to a sustainable future. Susquehanna’s watershed studies minor empowers you to face this crucial challenge with actionable solutions to be a changemaker in environmental conservation.

Explore diverse topics like water studies, restoration ecology, policy and practical field skills in this interdisciplinary program. Gain a deep understanding of watersheds and their complex challenges in collaborative learning and hands-on experiences. Work with the Freshwater Research Institute (FRI) and Center for Environmental Education and Research (CEER) at on-campus restoration sites to translate theory into practice through real-world projects.

Learn to bridge the gap between science, policy and practical skills, equipping you with a versatile toolkit for tackling pressing environmental issues. Nestled within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, this program offers unparalleled access to experiential learning opportunities and internships as a launchpad for impactful careers in watershed conservation and restoration.

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Take a tour of the Center for Environmental Education and Research  

Come take a look at over 80-acres of reclaimed farmland right next to campus that serves as a living laboratory for our students, faculty and staff.

“We get to be involved with something that directly benefits our ecosystem that we’re living in here at Susquehanna.”

– Bryanna Schienholz ’25

Potential Careers

  • Watershed Manager
  • Stream Restoration Specialist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Policy Analyst

Recent Employers

  • Chesapeake Bay Program
  • County Conservation Districts
  • Chesapeake Conservancy
  • Susquehanna River Basin Commission
  • PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

Average Salary


2022 median pay for environmental specialist

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Students Study Fish to Detect Local Stream Health 

Students interning with Susquehanna’s Freshwater Research Institute work on exciting projects in the remote forests of northern Pennsylvania, like studying fish and aquatic insects to determine the health of small streams.

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Studying for a minor in Watershed Studies

Explore the courses you’ll take on your journey to earning a minor in watershed studies at Susquehanna.

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See the full list of related programs on the School of Natural and Social Sciences page.

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