Academic Departments

We're more than just a collection of science and math courses.

We're accomplished faculty and mentors here to make your academic journey meaningful and impactful.

We're carefully crafted programs designed to provide you with hands on experience, in-demand skills and job market readiness.

We're departments recognized for their excellence and innovation in preparing you to work and lead in a globally-connected world.

We're the School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering, and we're glad you're here.

Departments and Programs


Prestigious departments, renowned faculty and endless opportunities help you develop skills and prepare for diverse careers in science, math and engineering.
  • Biology

    Doctor, dentist or pharmacist. Scientific researcher, educator or biotechnologist.

    Major in biology and you'll find the door open to diverse careers in healthcare, research, conservation and just about anything you put your mind to.

    Start making your meaningful impact with us.

    Undergraduate Programs 

    • biology, B.A.
    • biology, B.S. 
    • marine biology, B.S.

    Graduate Programs

    • marine biology
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  • Chemistry & Biochemistry

    Chemistry drives innovation. It leads to discoveries that benefit our lives and our environment.

    And that's no overreaction.

    Major in chemistry if you want to pursue careers in pharmaceutical development, materials sciences, enviornmental anaysis, healthcare, forensics, research, education and much more.

    Undergraduation Programs 

    • chemistry, B.A. 
    • chemistry, B.S. 
    • biochemistry, B.S. 
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  • Computer Science

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    We knew you couldn't resist.

    Welcome to computer science at the College of Charleston.

    Undergraduate Programs 

    • computer science, B.A.
    • computer science, B.S.
    • computer information systems
    • computing in the arts
    • data science (joint program with the Department of Mathematics) 

    Graduate Programs

    • computer and information science
    • data science and analytics

    Graduate Certificates 

    • cybersecurity
    • software engineering 
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  • Engineering

    The Internet of Things (IoT). Self-driving vehicles. Design, implementation and maintenance of complex systems of hardware and software.

    These are trending engineering topics today. We're meeting the challenge with our next class of engineers.

    How? Through impactful internships, dedicated faculty and programs designed with input from industry leaders and top employers. In the Silicon Harbor, there's no better place to prepare for your career in engineering.

    Undergraduate Engineering Majors 

    • electrical engineering
    • software engineering
    • systems engineering

     

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  • Geology & Environmental Geosciences

    Learn in the classroom or in the field. Study seismology or address climate change. A major in geology or environmental geosciences will prepare you for a wide range of careers including geology, education, conservation, planning and environmental remediation. 

    Undergraduate Programs 

    • geology, B.A.
    • geology, B.S.
    • environmental geosciences

    Graduate Programs

    • environmental and sustainability studies 
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  • Mathematics

    Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Mayans and your sixth-grade teacher all recongnized the importance and value of mathematics. 

    Today, you believe math is beautiful. You appreciate and admire the complex yet simple nature of numbers along with their ability to provide answers to practical problems.

    We're here to help you continue your admiration and fascination with numbers. Find a career in data, finance, research, education, operations or wherever your love of math takes you.

    Undergraduate Programs 

    • mathematics
    • statistics
    • data science (joint program with the Department of Computer Science) 
    • teacher education cognate, mathematics 

    Graduate Programs

    • mathematics
    • science and mathematics, M.Ed. (joint program with the School of Education) 

    Graduate Certificates

    • statistics 
    • operations research 

    Doctoral Programs 

    • mathematics with computation 
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  • Physics & Astronomy

    From subatomic particles to the vastness of the cosmos, physics helps us understand the fundamental laws governing the universe.

    You'll use this knowledge of physical phenomena along with your problem-solving skills, critical thinking and mathematical proficiency to find careers in medicine, geophysics, astrophysics, environmental conservation, nuclear engineering, business, education and much more.

    In fact, we can even help you forecast the weather.*

    Undergraduate Programs 

    • astronomy, B.A.
    • astrophysics, B.S. 
    • meteorology, B.A.
    • physics, B.A.
    • physics, B.S.
    *Our bachelor's degree in meteorology is the first one to be offered in the state of South Carolina. Learn More

Special Programs and Interdisciplinary Programs


Departments also collaborate with other departments and programs on campus to provide you with science-rich interdisciplinary majors and minors, as well as guidance and support with your preparations for medical or other professional schools and health careers.
  • Health Professions Advising

    If your dream is to become a doctor, dentist or nurse, consider that our students are admitted to professional schools at a higher rate than the national average. 

    While there are no formal "pre-med" or other "pre" healthcare (dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary, PT, PA, etc.) majors at the College of Charleston, we do offer the prerequisites you need to thrive in this industry. 

    The Health Professions Advising (pre-health) program helps you prepare for medical school or other professional programs you may be considering. We'll guide you on a path that includes:

    • Exploring a variety of healthcare professions.
    • Preparing you for your selected health profession career, both academically and personally. 
    • Assisting you in applying to professional schools.

    Bonus: Real-world opportunities are available at the Medical University of South Carolina, which is just down the street.

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  • Interdisciplinary Programs

    Interdisciplinary Major

    • Archaeology

    Interdisciplinary Minors

    • Environmental and Sustainability Studies
    • Neuroscience