Academics

Duke University Marine Lab

Courses:  The Duke Marine Lab offers undergraduate residential courses in fall and spring semesters. Courses are taught by world-renowned faculty from Duke University and other universities and research institutions. Small class sizes and an island setting facilitate rewarding student-faculty interactions.

Fall: Fall semester at the Duke Marine Lab highlights fundamental marine science courses that are ideal for natural science, environmental science, and pre-health students. Fall semester features a dynamic suite of classes as well as Beaufort Signature Courses over an extended Fall Break.  The Marine Laboratory fall program is designed for undergraduates who have adequate preparation in the natural and social sciences.  Undergraduates may enroll in up to five and a half course credits during the fall semester. Students interested in taking more than five and a half course credits must get permission from their academic dean.  Travel courses involve additional costs.

  • BIOLOGY 118. Genetics and Molecular Biology (3 semester hours); Prerequisite: AP Biology, introductory biology, or permission of instructor; Chemistry 22L or equivalent.
  • BIOLOGY 123. Analysis of Ocean Ecosystems (3 semester hours); Prerequisite: one year of biology, one year of chemistry, or consent of instructor.
  • BIOLOGY 126. Marine Mammals (3 semester hours); Prerequisite: AP Biology, introductory biology, or permission of instructor
  • BIOLOGY 129L. Marine Ecology (4 semester hours); Prerequisite: AP Biology, introductory biology, or permission of instructor
  • BIOLOGY 150L. Physiology of Marine Animals (4 semester hours) fall & springPrerequisites: AP Biology, introductory biology, or permission of instructor; Chemistry 12L or 22L
  • BIOLOGY 176L. Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4 semester hours); Prerequisite: AP Biology, introductory biology, or permission of instructor
  • BIOLOGY 191. Research Independent Study
  • BIOLOGY 193T. Tutorial
  • BIOLOGY 207AL. Experimental Tropical Marine Ecology (Panama)* Fall and Spring
    A week-long experimental field course in Panama to study Tropical Marine Ecology during Fall and Spring Break.
  • BIOLOGY 207BL. Marine Ecology of the Pacific (San Francisco)* Fall break trip to San Francisco to study the marine ecology of the California coast.
  • BIOLOGY 297. Research Independent Study
  • CELLBIO 210. Independent Study
  • ENVIRON 124L. Sound in the Sea: Introduction to Marine Bioacoustics (4 semester hours) Prerequisites: AP Biology, introductory biology, or permission of instructor; Physics 41L or 53L or permission of instructor.
  • ENVIRON 175. Marine Policy (3 semester hours); Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required.
  • ENVIRON 177. Mammalian Conservation: Comparing Challenges and Opportunities on Land and at Sea (3 semester hours) Prerequisite: AP Biology, introductory biology, or permission of instructor
  • ENVIRON 181. Science and Nature Writing (3 semester hours)
  • ENVIRON 191. Research Independent Study
  • ENVIRON 249. Green Futures: Exploring Environmental, Economic, and Social Sustainability (3 semester hours) Undergrad Prerequisites: AP Biology, introductory biology, or permission of instructor; Environmental Science and Policy
  • EOS 191. Research Independent Study
  • PHY 53L. General Physics (4 semester hours);
    Prerequisites: Mathematics 31, 32, or 25L, 26L, or equivalent;

 

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Spring: Spring semester is geared towards the adventurous student who wants a true immersion experience. Students choose one class in each of the four blocks; course selections highlight Beaufort Signature Courses with extensive travel components to Costa Rica, Singapore, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, and Hawaii, as well as Beaufort-based courses with engaging local field trips.  Travel courses involve additional costs.

  • Block A 
    • BIOLOGY 144 Biology for Engineers
    • BIOLOGY 176L. Marine Invertebrate Zoology
    • ENVIRON 183L. Marine Molecular Ecology
    • ENVIRON 273. Marine Fisheries Policy
  • Block B
    • BIOLOGY 156L Sensory Physiology and Behavior of Marine Animals
    • ENVIRON 251D. Conservation and Development
    • ENVIRON 184L. Marine Molecular Microbiology
    • ENVIRON 298.36. Fisheries Ecology
  • Spring Break Travel Course to Panama 
  • Block C
  • Block D
    • BIOLOGY 125. Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles (Puerto Rico)
    • ENVIRON 124L. Sound in the Sea: Introduction to Marine Bioacoustics
    • ENVIRON 181. Science and Nature Writing
  • Any Block/ Entire Semester
  • Taught in Durham

Transfer of Credits: Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete the Duke Marine Lab program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Duke University. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Course Field Trips and Excursions: During fall semester students can travel to Panama or California over an extended Fall Break; during spring semester they can participate in courses with travel to Baja, Costa Rica, Singapore, Trinidad, and Panama. Space is limited. Duke Marine Lab staff work with students to ensure fair distribution of slots for undergraduates and graduates. Additional travel costs apply.