Note: The Marine Science and Conservation majors and minor will be available beginning fall 2021. Students who matriculated prior to fall 2020 can choose the new major, or an Environmental Sciences major with a concentration in Marine Science and Conservation.
An Unforgettable Duke Experience
At the Duke Marine Lab, you can experience island living and hands-on learning, earnest faculty, small classes, low faculty-to-student ratios and the camaraderie of a close-knit community.
Students from all disciplines—not just marine science—shape their summer or semester experience by mixing field courses, lab courses, lectures and research to meet curricular needs and match personal interests.
An Undergraduate's Maiden Research Voyage at Sea
Nicholas School senior Sophie Hansen describes her summer experience with the Duke Marine Lab, a 4-day expedition tagging whales on the R/V Shearwater, a research catamaran.
Undergraduates Have an Impact Through Hands-on Research
Undergraduates work collaboratively with their PhD mentor at the Duke Marine Lab to test and research the status of marsh grasses, which demonstrates the health of important coastal habitats.
A Sustainable Oyster Farm
The Duke Aquafarm is Duke’s other “campus farm,” where students grow oysters instead of produce and learn how the tasty bivalves could help take a bite out of coastal pollution.
Under the guidance of professor Tom Schultz, student volunteers learn how to clean and flip the floating bags, and care for the oysters to encourage healthy growth.
Why Duke Marine Lab?
Find out why students—from all majors, not just marine science—choose to study at the Duke Marine Lab Campus for a summer, fall or spring semester.
Take a Virtual Tour
Our year-round coastal campus is open to all Duke students, from any major.