Eligibility

Summer courses are open to college undergraduates, graduate students and post-baccalaureates. These courses are not open to high school students.

Dates

June 28 - August 8, 2021 (6-week term)

Tuition 

Summer 2021 tuition rates can be found on Duke's Summer session website.  

Summer 2021, Term 2

November 2020 update: The list of courses below are scheduled to be offered in Summer 2021. Updates will be available in early December ahead of summer registration on February 15, 2021.

CHEMISTRY 202LA. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

  • Instructor: Chris Roy
  • Curriculum Codes: NS, STS 
  • Credit: 1.0

Organic Chemistry II at the Duke University Marine Lab. Prerequisite: Chemistry 20, 21, 101DL, or 110DL.

BIOLOGY 270A. / ENVIRON 709A CONSERVATION BIOLOGY AND POLICY

  • Curriculum Code: EI, NS, STS, W
  • Credit:1.0 course
  • Course Travel?: No
  • Cross Listing: ENVIRON 270A
  • Prerequisites: Introductory biology; suggested: a policy and/or introductory ecology course.

Introduction to the key concepts of ecology and policy relevant to conservation issues at the population to ecosystems level. Focus on the origin and maintenance of biodiversity and conservation applications from both the biology and policy perspectives (for example, endangered species, aquaculture, captive breeding, reserve design, habitat fragmentation, ecosystem restoration/rehabilitation).

ENVIRON 335A / ENVIRON 735A DRONES IN MARINE BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

  • Instructor: David William Johnston
  • Curriculum Code: NS, STS
  • Credit:1.0 course (3 credit/semester hours)
  • Course Travel?: No
  • Cross Listing: BIO 335A

Includes a full overview of past and emerging applications for ecology and biology of marine species and coastal habitats with in-depth discussion on future of drone applications in coastal biological and ecological research. Comprehensive exploration of current drone technologies, including detection limits of target species, payload selection, operational procedures aeronautical concepts, rules and regulations, safety, mission planning, aircraft design, maintenance, data collection, management and analysis. Biological and technical lab components tailored to student interests:

Active participation in megafaunal or environmental research and data analysis. Building, operating and maintaining aircraft, programming for manual and autonomous flight.

The use of unoccupied aircraft systems (UAS) is changing how marine scientists collect data on animals and the environments they inhabit.  This course introduces students to the basics of using UAS in marine environments, presenting examples of existing and emerging applications, detailing the types of sensors used for marine applications, describes the sampling complexities of the marine environment, and provides and overview of typical workflows and data management. Details on regulatory and permitting requirements to fly UAS and legally and safely are also covered. The lab portion of the course will focus on basic aeronautics, flight planning and simulations, and the design, assembly, operation and maintenance of unoccupied aerial vehicles.

Check out Duke's Unoccupied Aircraft Facility website : http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/uas/

BIOLOGY 375LA / ENVIRON 777LA BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF SEA TURTLES

  • Instructors: Kelly Stewart, Matthew Godfrey
  • Curriculum Code: NS, STS
  • Credit:1.0 course (4 credit/semester hours)
  • Course Travel?: No
  • Cross Listing: Environment 375LA.
  • Prerequisites: Introductory Biology or Environmental Science (AP/IB credit counts toward this prerequisite)

Essential biology of sea turtles (evolution, anatomy, physiology, behavior, life history, population dynamics) and their conservation needs; emphasis on their role in marine ecosystem structure and function. Basic ecological concepts integrated with related topics including the conservation and management of endangered species, the contributions of technology to the management of migratory marine species, the role of research in national and international law and policy, and the veterinary aspects of conservation. Includes laboratory and field experience with animals and with their habitat requirements.

BIOLOGY 376A / ENVIRON 776A. MARINE MAMMALS

  • Curriculum Code: NS, R, STS
  • Credit:1.0 course, 4 credit/semester hours
  • Course Travel?: No
  • Cross Listing: Environment 376A.
  • Prerequisites: Introductory Biology or Environmental Science (AP/IB credit counts toward this prerequisite)

The biology of cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians, 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. Laboratory and field exercises consider social organization, behavior, ecology, communication, and anatomy of local bottlenose dolphins.

This field-intensive course covers the biology, management and conservation of marine mammals. Detailed consideration is given to adaptation, ecology and conservation. Laboratory and field exercises address behavior, ecology, and communication of local populations of marine mammal and seabirds. The course is suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students will register under ENV 776A. 

BIOLOGY 293. RESEARCH INDEPENDENT STUDY

  • Curriculum Code:R
  • Credit:1.0 course (3 semester hours)
  • Course Travel?:No

Individual research in a field of special interest, under the supervision of a faculty member, the major product of which is a substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of a previously approved topic. Open to all qualified students with consent of supervising instructor and director of undergraduate studies. May be repeated. Continued in Biology 493.

BIOLOGY 493A. RESEARCH INDEPENDENT STUDY

  • Curriculum Code: R
  • Credit:1.0 course (3 semester hours)
  • Course Travel?:No

Continuation of Biology 293.

ENVIRON 393A. / EOS 393A. RESEARCH INDEPENDENT STUDY

  • Curriculum Code: R
  • Credit: 1.0 course (3 semester hours)
  • Course Travel?: No

Individual research in a field of special interest, under the supervision of a faculty member, the central goal of which is a substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of a previously approved topic. Open to students with approval of a research advisor at the Marine Lab. Students will be given a permission number after consent from the faculty who will serve as the student's research advisor.

ENVIRON 394A. RESEARCH INDEPENDENT STUDY

  • Curriculum Code: R
  • Credit: 1.0 course (3 semester hours)
  • Course Travel?: No

Individual research in a field of special interest, under the supervision of a faculty member, the central goal of which is a substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of a previously approved topic. Open to students with approval of a research advisor at the Marine Lab. Students will be given a permission number after consent from the faculty who will serve as the student's research advisor. Continuation of ENVIRON 393A. 

 

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