Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics includes the Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science and the Department of Nursing.

Historically, African-Americans have been underrepresented in the ranks of the nation's scientists, and we are committed to reversing that trend through investing in our programs, faculty and facilities and providing our students with quality learning experiences.

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Award-winning Faculty

In recent years, our faculty have garnered an average of $10 million in grant funding due to prestigious research taking place at Claflin. Additionally, our faculty includes leaders in discipline-specific organizations and winners of major awards for teaching and research, including four Governor’s Professor of the Year recipients, two White House Millennium Professor of the Year recipients and one faculty recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Award.

Our Faculty
Hands-on Learning

Our School believes in providing opportunities for our students to interact with the movers and shakers of our time. That's why we have hosted three Nobel Laureates in recent years and continue to facilitate a rich research environment, providing numerous opportunities to engage in scientific research study. Students also benefit from attending frequent seminars, an annual Research Day Symposium, senior thesis defense presentations, and a variety of available paid internship opportunities both during the summer and throughout the academic year

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Meet the Director

V. Tisdale
​Dr. Verlie A. Tisdale
Acting Dean of the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics & Interim Vice Provost for Academic Programs
Meet the Dean

Ms. Sonya Goodwin 
Administrative Assistant
phone: (803) 535-5246

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