Environment and Sustainability
The relationship between humans and the natural environment is complex, yet critical to human health and well-being. Our interactions with the environment and its resources are shaped by our social, political, economic, and cultural attributes. At the same time, our actions impact the state of the environment, and the sustainability of environmental systems, in ways understood through the natural sciences. Understanding our relationship to the environment and fostering solutions to environmental and sustainability problems is therefore inherently an interdisciplinary undertaking. Research and scholarship by environment and sustainability oriented faculty within the SEOE integrates a wide range of natural scientific and social-cultural disciplines, as we seek to understand the extraordinarily complex interactions among organisms, their environments, and humans.
- B.A. in Environmental Studies »
- B.S. in Environmental Science »
- Master of Earth & Environmental Resources Management (MEERM) »
- MEERM/JD Dual Degree, joint with School of Law »
The geological sciences encompass the entire spectrum of the study of our planet including, but not limited to, the geological and biological materials of which the Earth is made; the physical forces that act on the solid Earth, rivers, lakes and oceans; the history of the planet; and its past,present and future environments. The School of Earth, Ocean & Environment (SEOE) houses a diverse group of faculty whose research and teaching encompasses the traditional geoscience disciplines alongside emerging fields of inquiry.
The ocean is one of the most productive and complex environments on Earth. Covering more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, it plays a major role in regulating the Earth’s climate and supports a diversity of life that impacts industry, tourism, and human health. Understanding the natural oceanic ecosystem, as well as human impacts on the marine realm, represents a major challenge to marine scientists worldwide. Marine Science oriented Faculty within the SEOE are leaders both within South Carolina and internationally in examining a variety of research questions that are vital to increasing our current understanding of the marine environment.