Following is a preliminary list of programs related to sustainability at institutions of higher education across the state with the exception of the research institutions whose programs are highlighted separately.  While we have tried to be as accurate as possible, we realize that programs and personnel change frequently.  We hope you will contact us  with additions and corrections, notices of new programs or courses, and dates and times of relevant upcoming events.
Benedict College
Contact: Milton Morris, Director
Benedict College
Environmental Health Sciences Program
Columbia SC  29204
Phone:  (803)253-5415
Fax:      (803)733-7443

Claflin University:
  • Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Science
  • Friends of Earth Club

                                     Clinton Junior College
  • Environmental Courses:
    • Environmental Biology

                                Coastal Carolina University:
Following are some examples of current projects on Sustainability and the Environment at Coastal Carolina University:
  • Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies Graduate Program
  • The Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies graduate program encompasses a wide range of modern scientific disciplines relevant to the coastal zone. The program emphasizes current knowledge about coastal marine, estuarine, watershed, and freshwater wetland environments, including the biology and ecology of marine and freshwater flora and fauna, geological and physical processes in the coastal zone, marine and freshwater environmental chemistry, and the ethical management of coastal and wetland resources. The thesis requirement calls for students to conduct and report on their original research.

      Dr. Deborah Vrooman
      SMWS Graduate Coordinator
      Coastal Carolina University
      P.O. Box 261954
      Conway, SC 29528
  • Center for Marine and Wetlands Studies
  • The Center for Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University was established in 1989 by the Horry County Higher Education Commission to facilitate applied and basic research on the unique natural environments of the Grand Strand area and the state of South Carolina. The Center, which is affiliated within the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, continues to expand its mission within the tripartite framework of research, environmental education, and public/university extension. Participation in these activities has carried Center faculty, staff and students far beyond the Grand Strand to other states and around the world.

      Dr. Paul Gayes
      Center for Marine & Wetland Studies
      1270 Atlantic Ave.
      Conway, SC 29526
      (843) 349-4015
  • The Environmental Quality Laboratory (EQL)
  • The Environmental Quality Laboratory (EQL) at Coastal Carolina University is a non-profit facility emphasizing education, research and student training. This facility functions administratively within the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies and reports to the office of the Director. It is an important contribution to the Center's established mission, approved by the S.C. Commission of Higher Education in 1988, to "provide a focal point for and promote the development and management of the natural resources of northeastern South Carolina." The center is an avenue for bringing together community needs and faculty expertise, a source of seed moneys to support faculty-research initiatives and a mechanism for seeking more extensive support for research. The Center serves to facilitate applied and basic research of marine and wetland systems in northeastern South Carolina. The Environmental Quality Laboratory provides students and faculty with the opportunity to collaborate with external agencies in research projects relevant to the environmental problems of the Waccamaw region. It also provides the community with technical assistance in water analysis and monitoring of the water quality and establishes a link between graduating seniors and potential employers.

      Dr. Susan M. Libes
      Program Director
      Coastal Carolina University
      P.O. Box 261954
      Conway, SC 29528
      (843) 349-2218
  • Campus & Community Sustainability Initiative
  • The CCU Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative was established in 2005 to transform Coastal Carolina University into an environmentally sustainable university, to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum, and to serve as a resource on sustainability to Horry and Georgetown counties.Sustainability provides a healthier environment inwhich to learn, work and live; saves resources through water, energy, and material conservation associated with ecological design and best management practices; conserves biodiversity; enhances learning; and lessens human impact on the environment. Sustainability also promotes social and economic justice.

    The Initiative's mission will be accomplished through implementing curricular and extracurricular activities and promoting environmentally-sound practices in all areas of institutional operations, including planning, purchasing, maintenance, landscaping, transportation, dining, waste management, construction, and renovation.

    The Initiative will also share its knowledge with the community through outreach efforts that include partnership, consulting, workshops, and mentoring.

      Daniel C. Abel, Director
      Campus & Community Sustainability Initiative
      Coastal Carolina University
      P.O. Box 261954
      Conway, SC 29528
      (843) 349-2257
  • Environmental Issues: Measuring, Analyzing and Evaluating,
    a new textbook which was co-written by Coastal Carolina University marine science instructor Daniel C. Abel was published in August 1998 and uses simple math presented in a step-by-step format to help students understand mathematical formulas that are crucial to understanding environmental science. Topics explored in the book include population growth, air and water pollution, climate change, energy use and conservation.
  • SUI Environmental Fellow:
  • Daniel C. Abel, Director
    Campus & Community Sustainability Initiative
    Coastal Carolina University
    P.O. Box 261954
    Conway, SC 29528
    (843) 349-2257
  • Environmental Science Minor
  • The curriculum in the environmental science minor is designed to provide studentswith a rigorous interdisciplinary education in environmental science so they will possess the skills and knowledge needed to find effective, informed and ethical solutions to problems that involve interactions between physical, chemical, biological, economic and social factors. The program is designed as preparation for students seeking environmental careers, including enrollment in graduate programs, in areas including environmental policy and management, environmental education, and environmental monitoring and assessment.

    Students pursuing the environmental science minor must consult with their major adviser and the Office of the Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences which administers the minor. Students should enroll in Introduction to Environmental Science (Environmental Science 201) during their sophomore or junior year and then enroll in Advanced Environmental Science (Environmental Science 420) the following year. A grade of C or better is required in all upper level courses and in Environmental Science 201 and 420.

  • South Carolina Marine Educator’s Association (SCMEA)

    The South Carolina Marine Educators Association (SCMEA) is an enthusiastic, dynamic, and dedicated team of educators, naturalists, and scientists who recognize the importance of marine and aquatic education and the vital role it plays in increasing public awareness and understanding of marine and aquatic environments. 


Coker College
  • Environmental Studies Minor:
    The minor in environmental studies is designed to provide a strong foundation in the science of environmental issues and awareness of their social and political context.
  • Kalmia Gardens of Coker College: 

    The 30-acre garden’s unique natural setting offers an unusual facility of special interest to tree, shrub, and flower enthusiasts, naturalists, students and photographers, as well as those who simply enjoy the quiet beauty of nature.   The garden includes walking trails, a blackwater swamp, laurel thickets, pine-oak-holly uplands and a beech bluff.  

    George Sawyer
    (843) 383-8145

College of Charleston:
  • SC Economic Developer's School: 
    The South Carolina Economic Developer's School (SCEDS) is a unique partnership of the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Economic Developers' Association and the College of Charleston. The purpose of SCEDS is to educate those who support the economic development professionals in their communities by focusing on the knowledge and tools that will help South Carolina competein today's tough economic development environment.
  • Grice Marine Laboratory:
    The Grice Marine Laboratory is the marine lab of the College of Charleston and houses academic programs in Marine Biology. The Laboratory encourages collaborative interdisciplinary marine research among academic departments as well as with other institutions and marine research facilities, particularly those in the Fort Johnson community.
    Louis E. Burnett
    (843) 953-9170
  • Master of Environmental Science (MES) Program:
    The MES Program at the College of Charleston has been designed to provide students with an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems through graduate level studies of both Policy and Science.

    This interdisciplinary focus addresses a wide variety of the resource, development, and planning pressures that currently face society.  Through core and elective course curriculum, faculty expertise, and specialization development (the clustering of courses in areas such as coastal and wetlands management, environmental planning, and environmental hazards), the MES Program provides training that addresses each of these challenges. 
    Mark McConnel
    (843) 953-2000
  • Environmental Studies Minor:
    The Environmental Studies minor is offered for undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about the natural environment and the ecology of the planet, as well as gaining an understanding of the relationship of political, social, cultural and economic activities to the environment. The minor is intended to serve as a bridge between scientific knowledge and the other disciplines relevant to the study of environmental issues. Students minoring in Environmental Studies should gain greater insight into the inter-relatedness of events and an appreciation for local, national, and international environmental problems. The minor is designed to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental factors; it is not intended to be a vocational track to equip students for careers in environmental areas.
    B. Lee Linder
    (843) 953-8288
  • Recycling at College of Charleston:

    In November 2001, President Lee Higdon announced the formation of the "Committee on Recycling and Environmental Responsibility" upon the unanimous recommendation of the Faculty Senate. The purpose of the committee is to:

      • advocate for and encourage an effective and responsible recycling program
      • foster awareness of campus environmental issues
      • educate the campus community regarding environmental issues which directly impact our community
      • create a network wherein the campus community is kept abreast of campus policies on recycling
      • research current environmental programs and trends from which our campus may benefit, especially with regards to recycling
      • assess plans, policies, and programs with regard to campus environmental and recycling issues and to make recommendations to appropriate college offices and officer.
    Contact:     Burton Callicott
      (843) 953-0016
  • SUI Environmental Fellow:
Paul Marino
(843) 953-8077

                                     Columbia College:
Environmental Courses Offered:
    • Watershed Ecology
    • Earth Science
    • Environmental Geology
    • Environmental Assessment
    • Southeastern Coastal Geology
    • The Weather Machine
    • Physical Geology
    • Extraordinary Chemistry
    • Ecology
Dr. Julia P. Baker, Chair
Dept. of Biological and Physical Sciences
Columbia, SC  29203
Phone:  (803)786-3025

                                      Converse College:

    The students of WISE are committed to promoting environmental awareness throughout the student body and surrounding community. WISE encourages a fuller understanding of the environmental issues in our area and the rest of the world. Past activities have included the orchestration of Environmental Awareness Week and participation in nature walks and other field trips. Membership is open to anyone interested in preserving the environment and environmental recreation.

  • Biology Courses: 
  • Biology 441: Ecology 
  • Chemistry Courses:  
  • Environmental Chemistry
    Hazardous Wastes
  • Environmental Studies Minor

    The mission of the environmental studies minor is to prepare students for careers and/or advanced study in environmental science. Completion of the minor will provide an introduction to the broad based nature of environmental studies which includes the areas of biology, chemistry, economics, politics and sociology and provide practical experience in the area of
    environmental studies through an internship or research program.

    Contact:     Dr. Jerry Howe, Director
      (864) 596-9134

                                       Erskine College:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology, Environmental Science, and Wildlife Biology
  • Environmental Courses:
    • Environmental Biology 
    • Ecology
    • Carolina Ecosystems  
    • Ecosystem Studies
    • Field Botony
    • Methods in Environmental & Field Biology

                                Francis Marion University:
  • Ecology Club
  • Environmental Program in Biology

    Environmental Science Option The Environmental Science Option at Francis Marion University offers students the choice of specialization in environmental science at the undergraduate level.  It is offered in three existing majors: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

    • Biology Major/Environmental Science Emphasis
Contact: Dr. John G. Rae III
    • Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (P.U.R.E.) The Department of Biology gives you the opportunity to work closely with your favorite professors, who are experts in their field of research and who are engaged in diverse research projects, such as: field studies and conservation biology of animals and plants, the immune responses of crayfish,· genetics and biotechnology, pollen germination, animal reproductive biology, microbial ecology, and more!

                                      Furman University:
  • Associated Colleges of the South Environmental Fellow
Contact: Dr. Bill Ranson
Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613
Phone:  (864) 294-3364
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences Program
Contact: Dr. Kenneth A. Sargent
Professor and Dept. Chair
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC  29613
Phone:  (864) 294-3362
  • The River Basins Research Initiative, begun in 1997, has become a national model for interdisciplinary watershed studies. Faculty and students from the departments of biology, chemistry, and earth and environmental sciences work year round on studies of the inorganic fluvial geochemistry and biological diversity of aquatic macrofauna and microfauna in the Enoree (1878 km2) and Saluda River (6325 km2) basins.
  • Furman Recyling Program
Contact: Phil Lewis 
(864) 294-3275
  • Furman's Sustainability Initiative
    • Furman's Biodiesel Project - Furman is making biodiesel from waste oil from the dining hall
    • Three-year study of Upstate water - The study, which began this summer and will take three years to complete, involves seven faculty members and at least 20 students who will contrast water quality with land-use patterns in portions of five Upstate counties. The results of the comprehensive project will be turned over to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.  
    • The "Greening" of Hipp Hall - The "greening" of Hipp Hall will likely produce the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building in South Carolina. 
    • "Eco-cottage" at Furman University - A residence facility at the University that is dedicated to environmental sustainability.  The students in this residence will monitor their resource use and waste production and compare these measures with those of another complex. They will create a "personal impact assessment", a quantitative measure of the energetic impact of each housing unit. Ultimately, they will report their findings to Facilities Services and to the entire Furman Community, presenting a list of the most energetically effective measures identified by their study. After residence use is adequately described, they may expand their analysis to classroom buildings. 

                                      Lander University:
  • Environmental Science Program: This new major is designed to train graduates for careers in environmental monitoring, compliance, and regulation. The basic sciences are emphasized by the program so that graduates are prepared for laboratory and field positions in industry, consulting, and regulatory agencies.  The environmental science major will give students a firm foundation in the basic sciences related to environmental studies and issues and will also provide them with the liberal arts education that will enable them to relate their profession to their role in society.
  • Procurement Services' Recycling Program for Inkjet and Laser Toner Cartridges
  • Environmental Science Student Organization (ESSO)

                                     Limestone College:
  • Environmental Courses:
    • Environmental Science
    • Ecology
    • Environmental Economics

                                        Morris College:
  • Environmental Courses:
    • Environmental Health & Safety
    • General Ecology

                                      Newberry College:
  • Environmental Science Minor 
  • The College offers a cooperative program with Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in the areas of forestry and environmental management. Students may earn the bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years, spending three years at Newberry College and two years at Duke University School of the Environment and Earth Sciences.
  • Summerland Honors Program - In the fall of 1996, Newberry College began the Summerland Honors Program.  The program requires each student to complete a yearly service learning component.  The students work alongside with the SC Energy Office, an energy conservation company, and their supervising professors, Dr. Victor Terrana and Dr. Charles Horn.  In 1997 they proposed a campus-wide energy conservation plan which would save the college over $31,184.

    Contact: Charles Horn
      Director, Summerland Honors Program
      Phone: (803) 321-5157

                            South Carolina State University:

                                          The Citadel:
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Degree

  • The mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is:
    1. To provide a high quality program of studies through a four year rigorous curriculum that integrates the important concepts of design with a solid theoretical foundation for the pursuit of a professional career in civil engineering;
    2. To prepare students to pursue life-long learning, post-graduate studies, and;
    3. To provide an educational background broad enough to meet the requirements of good citizenship enable the graduate to serve in a wide variety of other fields requiring leadership, teamwork, decision making, and problem solving abilities.

                                        USC at Aiken:
  • The RPSEC Facility - The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center building contains the Dupont Planetarium, the Crawford Greenewalt Solarium, the Herb Eleuterio Teacher Resource Room, The Westinghouse Physical Science Class/Lab, the NCNB Life Science Class/Lab, and the Apple Computer Learning Center.  Many science, mathematics and engineering applications are architecturally integrated into the building itself to enhance learning. These special features, listed below, were integrated under the direction of Dr. Henry Gurr, a physics professor at USCA, and demonstrate science principles and everyday applications of science.
  • Architecturally Integrated Features:

    1. Hyperbolic "Butterfly" Sidewalk  - Functions as a giant sundial scale
    2. Egyptian Obelisk Sundial  - Produces shadows for giant sundials
    3. Roman Sundial Wedge - Produces shadows around geodetic monument
    4. Color-Coded Building Parts - Trace building system and building skeleton
    5. Exposed Elevator Shaft and Motor - Demonstrate hydraulic principles
    6. Exposed Heating/Cooling Ducts - Demonstrate heat distribution systems in building
    7. "Corner Reflector" Mirrors - Show how bicycle pedal reflectors work
    8. Parabola Water Fountain Niche - Illustrates conic sections mathematics
    9. Acoustical Bathrooms - Demonstrate low sound absorption chamber
    10. Airlock Planetarium Entrance - Demonstrates high sound absorption chamber
    11. Hollow Support "Listening Posts" - Creates echo chamber for studying resonance
    12. Living Periodic Table - Displays physical samples of the elements in pure or compound form
    13. Sodium Vapor, Incandescent and Mercury Vapor Lights - Produce light of different colors (spectral response)
    14. Solarium - Utilizes natural lighting and solar heating as energy savers
    15. Musical Handrails - Produce musical and tonal sounds based on lengths of bars
    16. Circular Planetarium Window - Creates a camera obscura and entrance path for a heliostat
    17. DuPont Planetarium - Houses a state-of-the-art computer controlled Digistar II - starfield and graphic effects projector
    18. United States Geological Survey Marker - Serves as a reference point for satelite maps

    The center provides other learning opportunities in the forms of alternating and permanent exhibits, many of which are prepared by local volunteers, and a natural woodlands environment, which stands on the grounds at the rear of the building and along the Savannah River Site. The Savannah River Site study areas include a Carolina Bay, an old-growth forest, and a beaver pond.

    Contact: Gary J. Senn, PhD
    Ruth Patrick Science Center
    171 University Pkwy
    Aiken, SC 29801
    (803) 641-3558
  • Science and Technology Enrichment Program:  The STEP program, formally known as the Natural Resources, Science, Mathematics & Engineering Education Program (NRSMEEP), will be offering standards based programs for students in grades 2-12, focusing on scientific investigations while utilizing classroom and outdoor laboratories. FREE workshops for teachers are offered as well.
  • The CSRA Mathematics and Science Regional Center, formerly known as the CSRA Hub, is one of eight regional centers across the state of South Carolina charged with supporting curricular and instructional reform in mathematics and science.  It is housed at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center (RPSEC) located on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken. 

                                      USC at Beaufort:
  • Environmental Courses:
    • Introduction to Environmental Biology
    • Ecology and Evolution
    • Ecology of Coral Reefs
    • Environment of the Earth
    • Coastal Environments of the Southeastern US
    • Oceans and Man
    • Environmental Ethic
  • The Philip A. Rhodes Barrier Research Facility on Pritchards Island connects educators and students with the ecology of the region and supports their efforts to study and preserve natural land and sea scapes as well as hundreds of loggerhead turtles each year.

                                     USC at Lancaster:
  • Environmental Courses: 
    • Principals of Environmental Science
    • Environmental Biology
    • Ecology and Evolution

USC Upstate:
  • Environmental Courses:
    • Introduction to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    • Environmental Science
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Environmental Earth Science
    • Principles of Ecology
    • Earth Resources
    • Environmental Geology of South Carolina
    • Environmental Policy
    • Senior Seminar: Human Nature and Society
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Clubs: 
    • The Science Club
    • The Chemistry Club
  • USCS Herbarium
  • The USCS Herbarium is open to the public; it houses 14,000 labeled and mounted specimens of plant native to the upstate. Please call ahead as Dr. Newberry may be in class or in the field. 
Contact: Gillian Newberry
Phone 864-503-5764
  •  Watershed Ecology Center

  • The Watershed Ecology Center focuses on upstate watershed ecology, watershed conservation, and water quality by providing education and research assistance to individuals, communities, and governmental organizations.

                                      Voorhees College:
  • Environmental Studies Minor Program

                                     Winthrop University
  • Environmental Chemistry Major
  • Environmental Science Major
  • Environmental Studies Major
  • SUI Environmental Fellow:
Peter Phillips 
Biology Department
Phone:  (803)323-2111 ex. 6183
  • W·E·C·A·R·E (Winthrop Enthusiastically Cares About Recycling for the Environment) Program 
  • Winthrop University currently recycles aluminum cans, office paper, newspaper, cardboard and magazines.  In 1999, Winthrop University garnered the Best Collegiate Recycling Program in the state.  The award was sponsored by the Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling at South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and Keep America Beautiful of South Carolina.

Technical Colleges
                              Aiken Technical College:
  • Environmental Courses:
    • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Training Programs:
    • OSHA
    • First Aid/CPR

                         Central Carolina Technical College:

                               Greenville Technical College:
  • Certificates:

      • Health & Safety Regulations Certificate
      • Hazardous Materials & Waste Management Certificate
  • Here is a listing of Environmental Classess offered by The Buck Mickel Center:

Critical Incident Management
Hazardous Material
Indoor Air Quality


                        Horry-Georgetown Technical College:


    The Forestry Management Technology program trains students for the position of forest technician. A forest technician is a middle-management person trained to work with a professional forester. A forest technician must be able to work alone, to make decisions independently, and to supervise small crews in the field.  The Forestry Management Technology program is recognized by the Society of American Foresters and is approved for Cooperative Work Experience.

    Although the Forestry Management Technology program is designed as a career program, a transfer agreement has been established with Clemson University's College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources.



                                Midlands Technical College:
  • Environmental Courses offered:
      • ECOLOGY
  • Continuing Education courses in Environmental Technology & Safety
  • MTC Green  
  • SUI Environmental Fellow:
Linda Porter
(803) 822-3549

                              Piedmont Technical College:
  • Horticulture Associate Degree
  • Horticulture Club

                              Spartanburg Community College:
  • Degrees in: 

  • Horticulture Technology

    Horticulture Technology is a study of applied plant science emphasizing plant production and use. Horticulture provides training for the landscaping industry, nursery and garden center operations, and greenhouse management, as well as the supporting horticulture supply business.

    Landscape Management

    The Landscape Management Certificate is offered by the horticulture department for evening students who wish to take courses in the specific area of landscape maintenance and management. The objective of this certificate is to create confidence and professionalism in the landscaper and nursery worker by broadening his horticultural knowledge and by increasing his exposure to modern techniques and materials used in landscape management.

  • Ecology Course: This course introduces basic principles of population biology, ecology, and environmental science as applied to the study of interactions between human kind and the biosphere.
  • Horticulture Club

                               Trident Technical College:
  • Environmental Technology Program

  • Degree: Certificate: Engineering Technology

    This certificate program provides instruction to prepare students to perform a wide variety of skills within the environmental field such as permitting, emergency chemical spill response, operating and maintenance of control equipment and environmental sampling. Students are prepared for technical positions in the areas of air pollution, water pollution and waste management.  

  • Horticulture Technology Program 

  • Degree: Associate in Horticulture

    The Horticulture Technology program prepares students for positions in landscape design and construction, turf supervision, horticultural sales, nursery plant production and landscape maintenance. Students in horticulture must see an advisor for specific scheduling needs. Classes are taught in the Horticulture Technology building, the greenhouse, and the horticulture gardens.  

  • Landscape Design & Management Program 

  • Certificate: Agriculture

    The Landscape Design certificate program provides training for individuals involved in landscape design and installation. The program is useful for those with practical experience in landscape installation, but with little or no formal training in plant arrangements and plant selection.  

  • Landscape Management Program

  • Certificate: Agriculture

    The Landscape Management certificate is offered by Horticulture Technology for students who wish to take courses in a specific area of landscape maintenance and management. The objective of this certificate is to create confidence and professionalism in the landscaper and nursery worker by broadening his or her horticultural knowledge, and by increasing his or her exposure to modern techniques and materials used in landscape management.

  • Roots & Shoots Club: The mission of Roots & Shoots is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for the environment, animals , and the human community.

                                 York Technical College:
  • Energy Resource Center The Energy Resource Center is a center of excellence in renewable energy resources, energy conservation, energy efficiency and alternative fuel vehicle technology and education.  The Center provides educational opportunities and is a technology resource information center to individuals, industry and government agencies. The Center’s mission is to strengthen South Carolina’s energy, environmental and economic vitality through:
    • The use of renewable energy sources
    • Energy conservation and energy efficiency
    • The use of alternative fuel vehicles  

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