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School of Sciences and Mathematics

Since its founding the College of Charleston has been known for its commitment to the study of and pursuit of new knowledge in the sciences and mathematics. The School of Sciences and Mathematics is proud to carry this tradition into the 21st century with its six award winning departments Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geology & Environmental Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy. The School also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering in order to directly support the many high-tech manufacturing companies in the area, including Boeing, Bosch, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volvo, and others. 

Besides traditional majors and minors in those departments, students can study the meteorology, computing in the arts, archaeology, marine biology, and neuroscience. From the molecular basis of life to supernovae, we offer opportunities for participating in cutting edge research. We are one of the top feeders of students to the Medical University of South Carolina, the top producer of physics graduates in the state of South Carolina, the first in the country to offer a data science undergraduate degree, and our graduates enroll in top professional and graduate programs around the country or secure lucrative careers with many of our industry partners in the region or nationally.

On your next campus visit, come for a STEM Tour and Talk with the Dean to learn more.

School News

Researcher Goes Deep to Study Ocean Floor Vents
Posted on 16 October 2019 | 8:28 am
Biology professor Heather Fullerton conducts research inside the Alvin submarine in 2018Biology professor Heather Fullerton studies sea life that surrounds hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean. She'll discuss her research at a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Open House event on Saturday, Oct. 19.
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Learning Aquatic Turtle Conservation Offers a Wave of Insight
Posted on 4 October 2019 | 8:19 am
students and sea turtlesEach summer, students at the College study aquatic turtle species firsthand and learn about the need for conserving these species in the course Aquatic Turtle Conservation and Biology.
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