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 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.

The Friday afternoon "STEM Tour and Talk with the Dean" sessions are cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Even though campus is closed and deserted, join the Interim Dean for a quick virtual tour:




School News

USDA, CofC Join Forces to Fight Invasive Beetle at Stono Preserve
Posted on 17 September 2020 | 10:00 am
Asian Longhorned BeetleThe College is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to combat an infestation of Asian Longhorned Beetles at CofC's property Stono Preserve in Hollywood, South Carolina.
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Fragile Presented Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research
Posted on 9 September 2020 | 10:25 am
chris fragileAstrophysics professor Chris Fragile has been awarded the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution. The Governor's Awards for Excellence in Science are among the highest science honors in South Carolina.
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