Bachelor of Science, Concentration in Environmental Remediation and Restoration
About the Program
The UofSC Aiken Department of Biology and Geology offers a concentration in Environmental Remediation and Restoration as part of the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. This concentration is offered through the Environmental Remediation and Restoration Program (ERRP), a program designed for those students interested in a career in the environmental sciences. Graduates of this program will have opportunities for careers in local municipalities, consulting firms, and other state and federal agencies such as SC DHEC, US Forest Service, the Department of Energy, etc.
The Department of Biology and Geology offers curricula leading to two degrees: the bachelor of science with a major in biology and the bachelor of arts with a major in biology. The two degrees share a common general education curriculum and 40 to 45 hours of coursework in biology. Students pursuing a BS Biology degree with a concentration in ERR will complete the following biology and geology coursework:
- 2 semesters of Introductory Biology
- Ecology and Evolution
- Environmental Health
- Microbial Ecology
- 2 Topics in Environmental Science courses
- 2 additional upper-level biology courses
- Organic Chemistry
- Upper level Geology
- Upper-level Physical Science
- Senior Research
Complete degree requirements can viewed in the academic bulletins.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
All students who are pursuing a BS degree in the Department of Biology and Geology are required to complete a research capstone project prior to graduation. This year-long experience encourages independent thinking and prepares students for interaction with scientists within the professional community.
Students participating in the ERR Program have several options for research. These opportunities include:
- Design and construction of passive stormwater treatment systems
- Ecological and ecotoxicological studies in various impacted systems in the Aiken area
- Various studies on fish and fisheries conservation