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A South Carolina Natural History Primer is a self-paced, online course offered through Clemson Online and is comprised of 36 video lectures, each approximately one-half hour in length. There are four sections, each followed by an optional quiz. You have four weeks in which to complete each section of the course (16 weeks total).

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles, concepts, and language of natural history by exploring SC’s flora, fauna, and geology
  • Understand the scientific method
  • Classify South Carolina’s organisms into basic biological groups
  • Explain the geological formations of South Carolina in the context of ecosystem development
  • Recognize that humans are a part of the natural world, not separate from it
  • Appreciate the history of natural history through knowledge of early naturalists of South Carolina
  • Value the formation and fragility of plant and animal adaptations in the natural world

Your instructor is Dr. Austin Jenkins. Dr. Jenkins has a B.S. degree in Biology from The Citadel and received both his M.S. degree in Entomology and Ph.D. in Forest Resources from Clemson University. He is an instructor for the Master Naturalist Program offered through the SC Wildlife Federation and has offered several advanced trainings for Master Naturalist graduates. For the past ten years, Austin has taught at USC Sumter, where he has received several teaching awards for his courses The Natural History of South Carolina and Environmental Biology. In 2015, the SC Master Naturalist Program recognized Dr. Jenkins for his work as a naturalist with the distinction of being named an Honorary Statewide SC Master Naturalist.

This course is offered through Clemson Online.

The registration fee is $300.

The fall 2021 course offering is currently TBA.