The South Carolina Academy of Science (SCAS) was organized in 1924, and in 1927 the Academy affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Publication of the Bulletin of the Academy begin in 1935 and in 1973 the Newsletter was established as a vehicle for communication among members. Beginning in the 1960's, industry and business joined academic institutions in support of the Academy and have helped to set goals to aid and improve the development of science in South Carolina. Its annual meetings provide a forum for the exchange of scientific information among members. Sponsorship of numerous awards, science programs and student research projects are yearly activities of the Academy.

Its purposes are:

-To promote the creating and dissemination of scientific knowledge within the state of South Carolina by stimulating scientific research and publication.

-To improve the quality of science education in the State of South Carolina.

-To foster the interaction of business, industry, government, education and the academic scientific community.

-To improve public understanding and appreciation of science through support of the Junior Academy of Science.

-To encourage young people to become involved in science through support of the Junior Academy of Science.

The South Carolina Academy of Science, together with the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science, is the only statewide interdisciplinary science organization whose membership includes: high school students, teachers, administrators, college students, professors, scientists, related professionals, parents of students, college presidents, business executives, small and large businesses, financial institutions, and institutions of higher education.