Environmental Science / Environmental Studies at South Carolina

The environment and sustainability program, housed in the School of Earth, Ocean and the Environment, is at the forefront of research to determine the wise use and management of complex natural systems.

What to Expect

As an environmental science major in the School of Earth, Ocean and the Environment, you will have the opportunity to place emphasis in a variety of areas including natural systems, water resources, weather and climate, energy or humans and the environment, you will learn how to conduct hypothesis-driven research and communicate your knowledge both orally and in writing.

The environmental studies major emphasizes humanities and social sciences, with major credit courses in the environment, politics, history, economics and literature.

 

Undergraduate Degrees

B  B.S. in Environmental Science

The environmental sciences major was launched in fall 2009 as part of the environment and sustainability program. It is designed to give students a strong scientific background, while allowing them the flexibility to choose courses that address their specific interests.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a bachelor of science with a major in environmental science:

  • Environmental Issues Seminar
  • Ecology and Evolution (and laboratory)
  • Surface and Near Surface Processes
  • Weather and Climate
  • Concepts of Environmental Health Science

B  B.A. in Environmental Studies

One of two undergraduate degrees offered by the environment and sustainability program, the bachelor of arts program has coursework that includes sustainability, policy and advocacy.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a bachelor of arts with a major in environmental studies:

  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Environmental Issues Seminar
  • Ecology and Evolution (and laboratory)
  • Environmental Economics or Economics of Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Literature
  • Human Impact on the Environment
  • American Environmental History
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Green Politics or Environmental Policy

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The Master of Earth and Environmental Resource Management (M.E.E.R.M.) program, offered by the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment, trains graduate students for management positions in earth and environmental resources, sustainable development within ecosystems, or safe and effective use of man-made materials in the environment.

M  Master of Earth and Environmental Resource Management (M.E.E.R.M.)

Graduate Director: Jay Pinckney, 803-777-7133, jpinckney@biol.sc.edu
Program Contact: Stephanie Bradley, 803-777-7170, BRADLSTE@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

DD  Dual Degree: Earth and Environmental Resources Management and Law (M.E.E.R.M. / J.D.)

Through special arrangement, the university offers dual degree programs in certain areas to permit a student to work on two degrees concurrently by combining credits, resulting in the student taking fewer courses than the total required if each degree were pursued independently. This program, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law, culminates in a Master of Earth and Environmental Resources Management and a Juris Doctor.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.