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Environmental Science

Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary academic field that combines physical and biological sciences with the study of the environment and the solution of environmental problems.  Environmental science includes the study of the impact that humans are having on the environment.

 The Environmental Science major was launched at the University of South Carolina in 2009 by the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the newly created School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment.  The creative, interdisciplinary approach offered by the department helps equip students with the background and skills needed to address the pressing environmental challenges of the 21st century.

The Environmental Science major, which leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, is designed to give students a strong scientific background while allowing them to choose courses of special interest to them.  A variety of areas can be studied, including natural systems, water resources, weather and climate, energy, or humans and the environment.

During their years as undergraduates, Environmental Science students can enhance their experience with study abroad programs available throughout the world --  from Madagascar to Alaska.

Graduates in this field can work at private environmental and industry firms, in government, or with national and regional nonprofit organizations.  Many also pursue careers as scientific researchers.  The median annual wage of environmental scientists and specialists was $61,700 in May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The employment outlook in this field is bright as heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment is expected to spur demands for environmental scientists and specialists.

For additional information, contact:

Undergraduate Advisor, School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment, 803-777-7171

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