Environmental Quality Laboratory

The Environmental Quality Laboratory (EQL) at Coastal Carolina University is a non-profit facility within the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies (BCCMWS) emphasizing education, research and community service.‌‌ We are a state-certified analytical chemistry and microbiology laboratory focused on environmental investigations with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) Certificate #26001002. View Certification »


In all of our work, we adhere to quality control procedures designed to produce analytical results of known, documented, and high quality. Our current activities include:

  • Traditional wet chemical analysis techniques
  • Classical and state-of-the-art instrumental analysis methods
  • Field measurements using both portable and continuously monitoring equipment. 

The EQL provides students, staff and faculty with the opportunity to collaborate with external agencies in research projects relevant to the environmental problems of the Waccamaw watershed region. We also provide the community with technical assistance for water quality analysis and monitoring, establishing a link between graduating seniors and potential employers.

These activities are an important contribution to the BCCMWS’s established mission, approved by the S.C. Commission of Higher Education in 1988, "to provide a focal point for and promote the development and management of the natural resources of northeastern South Carolina."