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College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


The School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment

The School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment (SEOE) is a unit within the College of Arts and Sciences, and encompasses research and education in the geosciences, marine sciences, and environment.  Our focal academic areas span the range from the natural and social sciences to the environmental humanities.  Unification of these areas under one umbrella encourages synergistic interactions and collaborations in both research and teaching.  The Belle Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, and the Earth Sciences and Resources Institute are housed within the SEOE, and provide unique facilities and resources.  

The SEOE’s structure provides our students with an opportunity to pursue a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary degree programs. These include a highly-ranked marine sciences program, one of the few undergraduate majors in Geophysics in the country and both B.S. and B.A. degrees in the environmental arena.  Collectively, the SEOE has a significant impact on students, research and development and the well-being of people in South Carolina and beyond, as illustrated in our “impact statement” produced for the College of Arts and Sciences.

As we look to the future, the SEOE is committed to:

  • becoming a nationally recognized leader and focal point within the University for innovative and integrative research across the broad spectrum of Earth’s environments and human interactions with those environments;
  • engaging students at all levels in research opportunities that enrich their educational experience;
  • equipping our students with the interdisciplinary background and critical thinking skills needed to address the pressing environmental challenges of modern society;
  • raising awareness and understanding of the dynamic interactions between society and Earth’s environment, particularly through outreach activities that engage a broad range of public and private sectors.

The greatest strength of the SEOE is the high quality of its faculty and their commitment to both teaching and scholarship. In close collaboration with their students, SEOE faculty are engaged in cutting edge research in South Carolina and across the globe.  This focus is on addressing fundamental issues facing society and is of high priority both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Carol Boggs
Director, School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment