To pre-register for the Fall 2022 semester, please let us know that you intend to enroll in our fall in-person classes through this survey: Fall 2022 DUML Undergraduate

Course Registration

The fall semester is an ideal time to be at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort. Duke students will register in DukeHub as they do for Duke courses in Durham. All undergraduate students live on campus in our dorms (cottages). If students have academic questions about Marine Lab courses, please contact Katie Wood ( Residential Information will be provided after registration. 


The Marine Lab's fall semester start/end dates and residence hall move-in/move-out dates may differ from the Duke academic calendar. Please consult the Duke Marine Lab Academic Calendar for important fall semester dates.

Fall 2022 Courses


  • Instructor: Zackary Johnson
  • Curriculum Code: NS, STS, W
  • Credit: 1.0 course (3 credit/semester hours)
  • DukeHub Listings: MARSCI / ENVIRON 319A.
  • Course Travel?: No

The major environmental, social and economic drivers of increasing global aquaculture, with a focus on marine systems. Quantitative evaluation and comparison of the range of species for aquaculture, locations where operations occur, operational aspects including environmental impacts and management considerations.  Investigation of alternative approaches and potential future areas for aquaculture expansion as well as social, economic and technical barriers to implementation.


Exploring Links Among Ecological, Social and Personal Resilience (2022-2023) 

Marine Conservation Evidence and Synthesis (2022-2023)


  • Instructor: Cindy Van Dover 
  • Curriculum Code: NS, R
  • Credit: 1.0 course (4 semester hours)
  • Course Travel?: No
  • DukeHub Listings: BIOLOGY 377LA. / ENVIRON 377LA. / EOS 377LA.
  • Prerequisites: AP credit for Biology, introductory biology, or permission of instructor.

Structure, function, and development of invertebrates collected from estuarine and marine habitats. In this course, we will explore biodiversity through explorations of marine invertebrate life. Emphasis will be placed on relationships between form and function, phylogeny, adaptations to the abiotic and biotic environment, animal ecology and experimental and modeling approaches to behavioral and ecological questions. Half of the day will be spent in the field and laboratories, while the other half will be spent in the field collecting, observing and studying organisms. Both ecological and evolutionary theory will unite the course. Not open to students who have taken Biology 777LA.

This course fulfills the diversity requirement for Duke Biology majors. This course fulfills the Organismal Structure/Function requirement for the Environmental Science majors (BS) and the marine science section for Environmental Science majors (AB).


  • Instructor: Tom Schultz 
  • Curriculum Code: NS
  • Credit: 1.0 course (4 semester hours)
  • Course Travel?: No
  • Pre-requisite: Chemistry 21, 21L, 101DL, 110DL, or 201DL.

Introduces major concepts in biology through the lens of molecular biology. Molecular mechanisms that comprise the Central Dogma and variants. DNA structure and function, replication, transcription, and translation. Protein synthesis, folding, structure and function. Supporting topics related to the structure of cells, metabolism and energetics. Integration of physical and quantitative principles to molecular biology. Relevance to human diseases and the biotechnology industry. Laboratory includes an introduction to recombinant DNA technology. Not open to students who have taken or are currently enrolled in Biology 203L. Taught in Beaufort at Duke Marine Lab. 


  • Instructor: Josh Osterberg
  • Credit: 1.0 course 
  • Curriculum Codes: NS, R, W
  • DukeHub Listing: MARSCI, BIOLOGY, EVIRON 278LA

Physiology of marine animals with emphasis on comparisons between marine vertebrates and humans. Focus on physiological processes including gas exchange, circulation, osmoregulation, metabolism, thermoregulation, endocrine, neural control and sensory systems. Lectures and laboratories illustrate the methodology, analysis techniques, and written reporting of physiological research. Taught in Beaufort at Duke Marine Lab. Taught fall, spring, and summer. Prerequisite: AP biology, introductory biology, or consent of the instructor. 


  • Instructor: Heather Vermeulen
  • Curriculum Codes: CCI, EI, SS
  • Credit: 1.0 course (3 semester hours)
  • DukeHub Listing: MARSCI 390A
  • Course Travel?: No

Learn to practice intersectional analyses of the verbal & visual vocabularies employed in scientific studies of marine life and how information is represented in popular media. We will read scholarship focused on race/racialization, gender, sexuality, disability, class, indigeneity, diaspora, and migration—research that ostensibly pertains to “human” subjects—alongside scientific studies, newspaper articles, and documentaries focused on “nonhuman” marine life. Art and readings from fields such as Environmental Humanities, Animal Studies, and Science & Technology Studies will offer examples of transdisciplinary inquiry, but the aim is to bring critical frameworks emerging from “the humanities” (e.g., Gender & Sexuality Studies, Disability Studies, and Indigenous Studies) directly to bear on scholarship emerging from “the sciences.” In turn, we will explore how the latter might trouble and reframe the methods, vocabularies, and representational strategies employed by the former. The specific focus of assigned readings will be tailored to enrolled students’ research. Marine sciences vocabulary under consideration may include: colony, harem, native, invasive, sustainability, adaptation, predation, toxicity, sex, reproduction, evolution, intelligence, charismatic, symbiotic, and parasitic. Marine life may include: lionfish, anglerfish, octopuses, oysters, coral, sealions, orcas, dolphins, sea urchins, jellyfish, worms, and pteropods. 


  • Instructor: Sonke Johnsen 
  • Curriculum Code: NS
  • Course Travel: No
  • Credit: 1.0 course
  • DukeHub Listing: BIO / MARSCI / NEURO 427SA

Current Topics in Sensory Biology. NS Exploration of recent and classic studies in sensory biology. Actual topics are chosen by students at the start of the semester. Usually includes vision, hearing, smell, taste, pheromones, electroreception, magnetoreception, bioluminescence, touch, time, and music. Recommended prerequisite: Biology 201L, or 201L and 202L, or 203L or the equivalent, and one course in Neuroscience, or consent of instructor. 


  • Jim Hench 
  • Curriculum Code: NS
  • Course Travel: No 
  • Credit: 1.0 course 
  • DukeHub Listing: MARSCI 204A 

The oceans and life within it form complex multidimensional systems. Understanding the dynamics of how marine systems work requires an integrative approach. This course will focus on using first principles, following the flow of energy, carbon, and nutrients, to reveal the mechanisms underlying the structure and function of marine ecosystems. The first half of the course will introduce foundational concepts from physical, chemical, and biological oceanography, while the second half will provide synthetic applications. Recommended prerequisites: Math 111L, Physics 141L, and Chemistry 101DL (or equivalent courses). 


  • Instructor: TBA
  • Curriculum Code: NS, R, W
  • Credit: 1.0 course (4 semester hours)
  • Course Travel?: No – In the fall, this course is taught in Beaufort (i.e., not a travel course like the spring course)
  • DukeHub Listings: BIOLOGY 273LA. / ENVIRON 273LA. / ECS 374LA.
  • Prerequisites: AP biology, introductory biology or instructor consent

Factors that influence the distribution, abundance, and diversity of marine organisms. Course structure integrates lectures, field excursions, lab exercises and an independent project. Lecture topics include physical characteristics of marine systems, adaptation to environment, species interactions, biogeography, larval recruitment, and biodiversity and conservation of communities found in rocky shores, tidal flats, beaches, marshes, mangrove, coral reefs, and subtidal areas.


  • Instructor: Andrew J. Read
  • Curriculum Code: NS, STS
  • Credit: 1.0 course (3 semester hours)
  • Course Travel?: No
  • Cross Listing: BIOLOGY 376A. / ENVIRON 376A.
  • Prerequisites: AP Biology, introductory biology, or permission of instructor.

The biology of cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians, and sea otters. Topics covered include the diversity, evolution, ecology, and behavior of marine mammals and their interactions with humans. Detailed consideration given to the adaptations that allow these mammals to live in the sea. Evaluation of the scientific, ethical, and aesthetic factors influencing societal attitudes toward these animals and of their conservation management in light of domestic legislation and international treaties.


  • Instructor: Julia Bingham
  • Curriculum Code: EI, SS, STS
  • Credit: 1.0 course or 3 units (3 semester hours)
  • Course Travel?: No
  • DukeHub Listings: MARSCI 286A. /ENVIRON 286A. / PUBPOL 281A. 

Policy and policy-making concerning the coastal marine environment. History of marine-related organizations, legislation, and issues and their effects on local, regional, national, and international arenas. Use of theoretical and methodological perspectives, including political science, sociology, and economics.


  • Instructor: Dana Hunt
  • Curriculum Code: NS, STS
  • Credit: 1.0 course (3 credit/semester hours)
  • Course Travel?: No
  • DukeHub Listings: MARSCI / ENVIRON / GLHLTH / BIOLOGY  309A.

Focus on the concept of “One Health” that the health of the environment and the people who live in it are linked.  The basis (from a biological perspective) of threats facing the marine environment and interactions between environmental and human health and their role in global health disparities.  For example, in discussing fisheries and aquaculture, the course will cover environmental impacts of these extractive industries and their importance in human and societal well-being.  This course will embrace immersive field experiences in North Carolina that will contextualize classroom learning and develop connections with practitioners and residents. Taught in Beaufort at the Duke Marine Lab.


  • Instructor: Most DUML teaching faculty offer Research Independent Study course options
  • DukeHub Course Listing: BIOLOGY, ENVIRON, MARSCI, ECS 
  • Curriculum Codes: Varies by Department
  • Course Credit: 1.0 course 


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