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Virtual Tour

Welcome to a Virtual Tour of the undergraduate programs in the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment (SEOE) at the University of South Carolina (UofSC).   You may plan a visit to UofSC through the Visitor’s Center and schedule an information session with us at a later date.


Please watch this short introduction to the SEOE from Dr. Gwen Geidel, the Undergraduate Director of our School

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The following Zoom Video will give you a broad overview of the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment. 
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Degree Programs, Requirements and Faculty Research in the SEOE

The UofSC, at a glance, has approximately 35,000 students in 16 Colleges and Schools. The SEOE is within the College of Arts and Sciences, which has a number of departments, programs, institutes and two schools.  The SEOE offers five undergraduate degree program and five graduate degree programs.  At the undergraduate level, we offer one Bachelor of Arts degree (BA in Environmental Studies) and four Bachelor of Science degrees (BS in Marine Science, Environmental Science, Geological Science and Geophysics).  The SEOE has approximately 600 undergraduates within our five degree programs and we invite you to hear more about the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment from the following videos.

First, learn about some of the research that our faculty are conducting and how this has a far-reaching impact on the courses they teach.  While curriculums at various schools may be similar, they are influenced by the faculty teaching the courses. Which is why “who” is teaching the class and what they bring to the classroom, is as important as the content of class.  Hear about a few of our world-renowned faculty in each of the primary degree programs in the Environment and Sustainability, the Geosciences and the Marine Science programs. Then take a tour of our Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences down on the coast.  This is a complete list of our faculty. The links below highlight several of our faculty and their groundbreaking research.


Each of our degree programs has a unique curriculum and degree requirements.

BA in Environmental Studies (ENVS)                       Discussion                           UofSC Requirements

BS in Environmental Science (ENVR)                       Discussion                           UofSC Requirements

BS in Geological Science (GEOL)                                Discussion                           UofSC Requirements

BS in Geophysics (GEOP)                                               Discussion                           UofSC Requirements

BS in Marine Science (MSCI)                                         Discussion                           UofSC Requirements


However, our degree programs are not just about curriculum and course work!  As a highly ranked Carnegie R1 Research Institution with a “very high research activity,” our students enjoy engaging in research. Whether with a faculty member in the field or their lab or with one of the various SEOE student organizations, students have many opportunities to be engaged.  Our approximately student organizations range from SEAS (Students Engaged in Aquatic Sciences) to the Beekeeping club, SCUBA club, to student chapters of the SC Wildlife Federation, AWWA, Sierra Club and Soc. Ex. Geophysicists. Another opportunity many of our students utilize to expand their horizons is through Study Abroad; our students have had amazing experiences all over the world.

We recognize the financial implications of a college degree; the benefits of investing for a chosen career path as well the long-term earning potential, but understanding the immediate costs, too.   A variety of scholarships are available and we encourage you to apply for any number of these. For SEOE scholarships,  apply here by April 1 for each coming academic year.

As you are considering your career pathway, let’s look at a number of career options available with each degree offered by the SEOE.

I welcome any questions that you might have as you are considering majoring in any of our programs.  I can be reached at We can also schedule a virtual meeting to answer any questions you or your family might have in greater detail. 

Best regards,
Lori Ziolkowski, PhD
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Tameria Warren, PhD
Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies

Sheri Foxworth
Undergraduate Student Coordinator 

Jacqueline McClary
Student Coordinator

Alexa Dean
University Academic Advisor and First Year Advisor




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