Where Theory Meets Practice

We don't just teach geology and environmental geosciences — we immerse you in real-world experiences that bring your education to life.

A Home for Curiosity

Our department is home to cutting-edge centers and laboratories that serve our local and regional communities. From our Natural History Museum to our Lowcountry Hazards Center and GIS Laboratory, you'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities that will enrich your learning experience.
  • BEAMS: BEnthic Acoustic Mapping & Survey Program

    The College of Charleston's BEnthic Acoustic Mapping and Survey Program is your gateway to a fulfilling career in ocean surveying. Our program is designed to provide undergraduate students with comprehensive training and research opportunities that will prepare them to become highly skilled professionals in the marine community.

    BEAMS Program
  • Lowcountry Hazards Center

    We understand the importance of education in shaping the next generation of disaster researchers, emergency managers, and policy makers. Our team is dedicated to developing and implementing strategies in hazard assessment, preparedness, and recovery. By leveraging the latest research and technology, we aim to increase the disaster resilience of the Lowcountry community.

    The Lowcountry Hazards Center
  • Mace Brown Museum of Natural History

    Step inside and explore our collection of nearly 1,000 fossils that span millions of years. From dinosaur bones to Oligocene mammals of North America, and from mosasaurs to Pleistocene mammals of the Carolinas — we have it all. 

    The best part? Our museum is completely free and open to the public. Our knowledgeable student docents are here to guide you through the exhibits, answering any questions you may have along the way.

    If you're planning a group visit, simply email us at museum@cofc.edu to schedule your trip. We'll ensure that your group has an unforgettable experience exploring the wonders of natural history.

    We believe that everyone has a unique way to contribute. If you have something special to offer or would like to collaborate with us, reach out to Scott Persons, our Curator. Together, let's make a difference in preserving our natural heritage.

    Find us easily

    You can find us at 202 Calhoun Street on the 2nd floor of the School of Sciences & Mathematics Building.

    Opening hours

    We're open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Please note that we're closed on Wednesdays.

  • NASA Programs

    South Carolina Space Grant Consortium understands the importance of fostering a workforce that represents a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experiences. That's why they have developed open programs that encourage individuals from all walks of life to participate in NASA-related research and exploration activities.

    We strongly encourage women, underrepresented minorities, and able-diverse persons to apply for SCSGC's competitive scholarships. We believe that by supporting a diverse range of scholars, we can create an inclusive environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, and groundbreaking discoveries.

    NASA SC Space Grant Consortium
  • Santee Cooper GIS Laboratory

    At the College of Charleston, our SCGIS program is renowned as a leader in geographic information systems and remote-sensing. Our expertise has been sought after by state and federal agencies who consistently consult us for valuable insights. With our reputation, our students are frequently recruited for internships by organizations seeking top talent. 

    The SCGIS Laboratory is committed to providing students with educational opportunities that span various areas. From analytical skills development to project planning and critical analysis, we equip our students with the tools necessary for success in today's competitive landscape.

    Santee Cooper GIS Laboratory

Undergraduate Research: Make Your Mark

We believe in the power of undergraduate student research. Our students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on diverse projects. This invaluable experience not only sets you apart in the eyes of industry professionals but also opens doors to graduate school opportunities. Plus, selected students are awarded summer research funds to further enhance their skills.

Student Organizations

Our student organizations provide a supportive environment where you can make lifelong friendships and collaborate on projects that make a difference. No matter your level of interest or experience, there's a place for you.
  • Geology Club

    The Geology Club: Where Learning Meets Fun

    Become a part of something bigger by joining the Geology Club. This dynamic club offers a mix of professional development opportunities, outreach events, and fun activities. It's the perfect platform to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for geosciences.

  • The Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon

    Sigma Gamma Epsilon: Celebrating Scholarship in Earth Sciences

    We take pride in being the Zeta Zeta chapter of The Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon—the national honor society that recognizes scholarship in earth sciences. Being a member means joining a prestigious network of individuals who have excelled in their field.