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Gerard M. Crawley, Dean
Barry M. Preedom, Associate Dean
Roger H. Sawyer, Associate Dean
Gerald T. Cowley, Assistant Dean


The College of Science and Mathematics consists of six departments and one interdisciplinary program:

Department of Biological Sciences
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Geological Sciences

Department of Mathematics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Statistics
Marine Science Program

Special opportunities for research and graduate study are provided by the following research bureaus and institutes: the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research, which operates a modern laboratory at the Hobcaw Barony, a 17,500-acre tract of land near Georgetown; the Institute for Biological Research and Technology, which provides expertise in biotechnology and bioinformatics; and the Industrial Mathematics Institute, which provides expertise in computational sciences. In addition, the College of Science and Mathematics administers the Regional NMR Facility, the Deer Mouse Mutant Stock Center, and the Electron Microscopy Center, which are open to all USC faculty and graduate students for training and research in electron microscopy of biological and nonbiological materials. For further information about these and other bureaus, institutes, and centers, please see "The University" section of this bulletin.

The Center for Science Education coordinates graduate and in-service programs for precollege teachers of science and mathematics. Further information is given in "The University" section of this bulletin and below.

Since 1950, students and faculty of the University of South Carolina have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 85 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize alliances among its members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines, including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program lengths range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at www.orau.gov/orise/resgd.htm or by calling either of the contacts below.

ORAU's Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU's members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research, and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact Gerard M. Crawley, ORAU Councilor for the University of South Carolina, 803-777-2505; or Monnie E. Champion, ORAU Corporate Secretary, 865-576-3306; or visit the ORAU homepage (www.orau.org).

Degrees and Certificates Offered

The College of Science and Mathematics offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Master of Mathematics, Master of Science, Professional Master's Program in the Sciences, and, in cooperation with the College of Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching, an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts, and a Master in Teaching. For further information about admission and degree requirements, please consult "The Graduate School" section of this bulletin and the individual departments listed under the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Education.

Professional Master's Program in the Sciences

Jeffrey O. French, M.S., Program Manager


The Professional Master's Program in the Sciences (P.M.P.S.) is a master's-level program designed to provide students with the skills needed for success in the development, application, and/or marketing of science and technology in a business setting. As an alternative to the traditional research-based M.S. or Ph.D. programs, the P.M.P.S. attracts students who are interested in careers in science- and technology-based business. The student selects from one of three areas of emphasis: biotechnology (offered by the Department of Biological Sciences), environmental geosciences (offered by the Department of Geological Sciences), and modeling for corporate applications (offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy).

The ultimate goal of the P.M.P.S. is the successful placement of the graduate into a rewarding career in an evolving, high-tech job market. It is for this reason that this degree involves case studies and problem-solving, group projects, and internships with industry. Students also benefit from the collaboration of the Moore School of Business, the USC School of Law, and the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies. The professional skills component of the program enhances students' scientific training with the practical skills needed to apply their technical proficiency to problem solving in a business setting.

Program components:

  • core courses in the chosen science discipline, plus supplementary math or statistics courses
  • course modules or seminars focusing on professional skills and real-world case studies
  • an internship with industry


The applicant must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university, with competence in a science field related to the chosen area of emphasis. The applicant's undergraduate transcript and GPA must reflect the ability to handle advanced science course work (usually a 3.00 or higher in science courses) since the applicant review occurs in the science department that offers the chosen area of emphasis. All applicants must also submit scores from the general GRE. Deficiencies in one area may be compensated for by strengths in another.

Degree Requirements

Students from all three areas of emphasis are required to take a professional skills seminar and a case studies seminar for academic credit. All students are required to perform an internship with a sponsoring company before completion of the degree program. Additional courses for individual areas are listed below.


STAT 515 Statistical Methods I (3)
BIOL 599A Plant Tissues Culture and Cell Genetics (3)
BIOL 599B Plant Response to the Environment (3)
BIOL 655 Biotechnology (3)
BIOL 670 and 670L Plant Ecology (4)
BIOL 764 Advanced Plant Physiology (3)
BIOL 711 Structure and Function of Nucleic Acids (3)
BIOL 712 DNA Transactions and Gene Expression (3)

Plus an additional 6 credit hours from the following:
BIOL 702 Selected Topics in Botany (3)
BIOL 703 Selected Topics in Ecology (3)
BIOL 704 Selected Topics in Genetics and Developmental Biology (3)
BIOL 717 Biological Chemistry (3)
BIOL 718 Biological Chemistry II (3)
BIOL 726 Soil-Plant Relationships (3)
BIOL 753 Developmental Genetics (3)
BIOL 765 Theoretical Ecology (3)
BIOL 775 Plants of South Carolina (4)
BIOL 802 Seminar in Botany (2)

Environmental Geosciences

A core course in flow in porous media will be required for 3 credit hours starting in the 2003-2004 academic year. Additional requirements:

GEOL 570 Environmental Hydrogeology (3)
GEOL 571 Soil Hydrology (4)
GEOL 743 Decision Making in Environmental Resource Management (3)
GEOL 775 Numerical Methods in Subsurface Hydrology {=ECIV 761} (3)

6 credit hours from the following:
STAT 700 Applied Statistics I (3)
STAT 701 Applied Statistics II (3)
MATH 520 Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
MATH 521 Boundary Value Problems and Partial Differential Equations (3)
MATH 552 Applied Complex Variables (3)

Plus an additional 6 credit hours from the following electives:
GEOL 501 Principles of Geomorphology {=MSCI 501} (3)
GEOL 548 Environmental Geophysics (3)
GEOL 553 Marine Sediments {=MSCI 553} (3)
GEOL 557 Coastal Processes {=MSCI 557} (3)
GEOL 575 Introduction to Groundwater Modeling (3)
GEOL 716 Eustasy and Global Variations in Sequence Stratigraphy {=MSCI 716} (3)
GEOL 722 Aqueous Geochemistry (3)
GEOL 764 Seismic Reflection Interpretation (3)
GEOL 773 Water Quality and Pollution (3)

Modeling for Corporate Applications

PHYS 517 Computational Physics (3)
PHYS 711 Quantum Mechanics I (3)

6 credit hours from the following (additional credit hours from this section can substitute for electives):
PHYS 701 Classical Mechanics (3)
PHYS 703 Electromagnetic Theory I (3)
PHYS 706 Statistical Thermodynamics (3)
PHYS 712 Quantum Mechanics II (3)

6 credit hours from the following:
ACCT 501 Financial Accounting III (3)
ACCT 502 Cost/Managerial Accounting II (3)
IBUS 700 Survey of International Business (3)
MBAD 702 Strategic Management (3)
MGMT 579 Government Policy Toward Business {=ECON 379} (3)
MKTG 701 Marketing Management (3)

Plus an additional 9 credits from the following electives:
PHYS 502 Quantum Physics (3)
PHYS 503 Mechanics (3)
PHYS 504 Electromagnetic Theory (3)
PHYS 506 Thermal Physics (3)
PHYS 509 Solid State Electronics (3)
PHYS 510 Digital Electronics (3)
PHYS 511 Nuclear Physics (3)
PHYS 512 Solid State Physics (3)
PHYS 514 Optics, Theory, and Applications (4)
PHYS 515 Mathematical Physics I (3)
PHYS 516 Mathematical Physics II (3)
PHYS 704 Electromagnetic Theory II (3)
PHYS 713 Advanced Quantum Theory I (3)
PHYS 721 Nuclear Physics (3)
PHYS 723 Elementary Particles I (3)
PHYS 725 Solid State Physics (3)

Center for Science Education

The Center for Science Education, in conjunction with the departments in the College of Science and Mathematics, is responsible for developing and coordinating interdisciplinary teacher education courses and programs in science and mathematics. These courses are listed and described below under "Science and Mathematics for Educators" and carry the interdisciplinary SMED designator.

The Center for Science Education also assists individual departments in offering content-specific courses within their disciplines that are designed for in-service teachers. These courses, carrying individual departmental designators, include:

BIOL 770, 771, 772, 775, and 776
CHEM 702, 703, 704, 705, 706, and 709
GEOL 531, 700, and 702
MSCI 777 and 778
MATH 701-I, 702-I, 703-I, 704-I, 712-I, 736-I, 752-I, and 780-I
PHYS 781, 782, 783, 784, 785, and 787

Science and Mathematics for Educators (SMED)

  • 510 -- Life Science for Teachers I. (3) Topics appropriate for elementary and middle-school curricula; phylogenetic organization of major kingdoms, characteristics of plants and animals, including humans; ecological principles; communities; energy needs, resources, flow and balance; heredity and adaptation.
  • 510L -- Life Science for Teachers Laboratory. (1) (Coreq: SMED 510, permission of instructor)
  • 520 -- Earth Science for Teachers I. (3) Topics appropriate for elementary and middle-school curricula; solar system; earth-moon-sun relationships; geologic time; earth materials; emphasis on surface processes and an introduction to internal processes.
  • 520L -- Earth Science for Teachers Laboratory I. (1) (Coreq: SMED 520, permission of instructor)
  • 530 -- Physical Science for Teachers I. (3) Topics appropriate for elementary- and middle-school curricula; chemical and physical change; states and transformations of matter; atoms, elements, molecules, mixtures, and compounds; laws of motion; heat, light, and sound energy; electricity and magnetism.
  • 530L -- Physical Science for Teachers Laboratory I. (1) (Coreq: SMED 530, consent of instructor)
  • 541 -- Classical and Modern Physics for Teachers I. (3) (Prereq: science teaching certificate, algebra, trigonometry) Mechanics, electromagnetism, wave motion, sound, heat, optics, relativity, quantum physics, atomic and nuclear physics. No previous background in physics is assumed. Laboratory activities designed specifically for the pre-college teacher will be required.
  • 542 -- Classical and Modern Physics for Teachers II. (3) (Prereq: SMED 541, science teaching certificate, algebra and trigonometry) Continuation of SMED 541.
  • 705 -- Special Topics in Integrated Science for the Elementary School. (1-3) Identification and study of those science topics that will form a local/regional elementary science curriculum; each offering to be a unique blend of topics designed for a specific school district or consortium of districts.
  • 710 -- Life Science for Teachers II. (3) (Prereq: SMED 510) Topics appropriate for middle-school curricula: cell biology; phylogenetic organization of all major kingdoms; principles of development, physiology, reproduction, genetics and evolution; biogeochemical cycles.
  • 710L -- Life Science for Teachers Laboratory II. (1) (Coreq: SMED 710)
  • 720 -- Earth Science for Teachers II. (3) (Prereq: SMED 520) Topics appropriate for middle-school curricula: origin and evolution of universe, galaxies and solar system; quantitative age determinations; Earth's internal structure and processes–earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, and plate tectonics.
  • 720L -- Earth Science for Teachers Laboratory II. (1) (Coreq: SMED 720)
  • 721 -- Marine Science for Teachers. (3) Topics in marine science: ecology of freshwater and saltwater ecosystems; coastal geologic processes; coastal zone management. Classroom and field experiences using marine science instructional materials.
  • 722 -- Space Science for Teachers. (3) (Prereq: SMED 520) Origin, evolution, and properties of solar system and universe; observation of the night-time sky; planetary motion; technology of space study and exploration. Laboratory and field activities for elementary/middle-school classroom.
  • 723 -- Weather Science for Teachers. (3) Concepts in meteorology and climatology, including basic weather elements and patterns, technology in weather observation and prediction, and human impact on the atmosphere. Laboratory and field activities for the elementary/middle-school classroom.
  • 729 -- Special Topics in Science for Teachers. (1-3) Topics not likely to be incorporated into regular offerings, offered as seminars, workshops, and formal courses. Variable credit, depending on contact hours. May be taken more than once.
  • 730 -- Physical Science for Teachers II. (3) (Prereq: SMED 530) Topics appropriate for middle-school curricula: atomic structure; periodic table of elements; radioactivity; chemical bonding, principles, and reactions; electromagnetic spectrum; applications of chemistry and physics to life and earth sciences.
  • 730L -- Physical Science for Teachers Laboratory II. (1) (Coreq: SMED 730)
  • 769 -- Special Topics in Mathematics for Teachers. (1-3) Special topics in mathematics offered as seminars, workshops, and formal courses.