Core Requirements

Course registration in core requirements must be completed by the end of drop/add.

ENVIRON 896 Professional Communications. All first year students must take this course in their first fall semester. This is a 0.5 credit course, and it is a graduation requirement. First year students will take ENVIRON 897 in their second fall semester. Students who enrolled prior to fall 2016 should have taken ENV 800. Students pursuing the dual MBA and MPP degrees may waive this requirement; however, students pursuing the Div/MTS, Engineering, LAW and other dual degrees are required to take ENVIRON 896.


ENVIRON 897 Writing a Master’s Project. All second year/continuing students must take this course in their second fall semester; this includes second year/continuing students at the Duke Marine Lab. The course will be video linked to DUML. This is a 0.5 credit course, and it is a graduation requirement. Concurrent/dual degree students will take ENVIRON 897 in the fall semester in year three. Students pursuing the dual MBA and MPP degrees may waive this requirement; however, students pursuing the Div/MTS, Engineering, LAW and other dual degrees are required to take ENVIRON 897.


ENVIRON 898 Program Area Seminar. All students (first and continuing) are required to register for the master's project (MP) Seminar (ENVIRON 898) every semester. Although the course counts in the number of credits that you are enrolled in each term, you will earn only ONE credit towards your degree at graduation even though you will have registered for this course in multiple semesters. First year students must enroll in their program area section of ENVIRON 898. For example, if you are an EEP student, you will enroll in ENVIRON 898.05. Registration in the MP Seminar must be completed by the end of drop/add registration. Second year/continuing students may be redirected to enroll in the MP Seminar that aligns more closely with their MP topic. Please be on the lookout for instructions from Mel Adragna, Program Coordinator and MP management lead. Concurrent/dual degree students will take ENVIRON 898 in the fall and spring semesters in year three (except for students completing the dual MBA at Kenan Flagler who will enroll in ENVIRON 898 only in their Duke semester in year three). Students who enrolled prior to fall 2016 should have taken ENV 800. 


ENVIRON 899 Master’s Project Credits. Second year/continuing students are reminded that they are required to register for at least 4 but not more than 6 MP credits under their MP advisor's section of ENVIRON 899. Students in Group Master’s Projects should be enrolled in the same section of ENVIRON 899. MP credits can either be spread across two semesters (i.e. fall AND spring) or taken all in one semester (i.e. fall OR spring). See your MP advisor for permission numbers to enroll and to determine the appropriate number of credits.


ENVIRON 998 Program Area Seminar. All DEL-MEM students will enroll in ENVIRON 998 Program Area Seminar. The program seminar is required for all Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) MEM students. The seminar will assist students in all phases of the master's project (MP) or Capstone process, from developing research questions to presenting results.

ENVIRON 999 Master's Project Credits. An applied study of a forestry or environmental management problem or an original research effort. A seminar presentation of the objectives, methodology, and preliminary findings is required. A written (or other medium) report at the conclusion of the project is also required. Undertaken with the guidance of the student's adviser. DEL-MEM students pursuing the MP option must earn at least 4 MP credits in ENVIRON 999.