Spring Semester

January 10- May 3, 2019

updated 4/19/2018

Block Schedule: January 11 - May 5, 2019
Block A: Jan 10– Feb 8
Block B: Feb 11– Mar 8
Spring Break: Mar 9- March 17
Block C: Mar 18– Apr 10
Block D: Apr 11– May 3

Click here for a pdf of the 2019 spring block schedule (subject to change)

Details about the travel courses can be found on our travel page

Graduate Spring Courses

ENV 512A Deep-Sea Science and Environmental Management

Deep-Sea Science and Environmental Management explores ecosystems in the deep sea, including fundamental aspects of geology, chemistry, and biodiversity; behavioral, physiological and biochemical adaptations of organisms (primarily invertebrate, but may include microbial and vertebrate components)...

ENVIRON 504A Marine Protected Areas

An interdisciplinary course that addresses concepts, issues, and approaches relevant to marine protected area (MPA) management and their impacts on marine ecosystems and coastal people. Course will address key topics in MPA design, management, and how context and management shapes MPA design and...

ENVIRON 533A. Marine Fisheries Policy

Principles, structure, and process of public policy-making for marine fisheries. Topics include local, regional, national, and international approaches to the management of marine fisheries. A social systems approach is used to analyze the biological, ecological, social, and economic aspects of the...

ENVIRON 551DA. Conservation and Development

Open to Undergraduates Interrelated issues of conservation and development. Topics include the evolution of the two concepts and of theories regarding the relationship between them, the role of science, values, ethics, politics and other issues in informing beliefs about them, and strategies for...

ENVIRON 704LA Biological Oceanography

Discusses patterns of abundance, diversity and activity of organisms in major ocean ecosystems. Identifies major physical, chemical and ecological processes that affect these patterns, and analyzes impact of biology on ecosystems. Uses a ‘flipped’ classroom for enhanced development of quantitative...

ENVIRON 705A. Social Impact Analysis

This course will explore theoretical, methodological and applied aspects of social impact analysis (SIA). Many environmental professionals become involved in social impact analysis during their careers on a recurring basis. Forms of SIA are a mandated component of key oceans and environmental...

ENVIRON 770A. Physical Oceanography

Fundamental physical principles of ocean circulation. Physical properties of seawater; forces acting on the ocean such as heat, pressure gradients, wind stress, rotation, and friction; and conservation equations for heat, mass and momentum. Applications include geostrophic balances, thermal wind,...

ENVIRON 822A. Coastal Watershed Science and Policy

Examination of coastal watersheds, their biological function, and how anthropogenic modifications impact wetlands, estuaries and near shore coastal ecosystems. Human ecosystem modifications addressed in terms of alterations caused by forestry, agriculture, highways, rural housing, suburban...

ENVIRON 865SA. Teaching and Course Design

Designed for graduate students seeking to teach an independent course at Duke and beyond; topics include models of course design, syllabus construction, critical thinking, college student development, clarifying learning objectives, variety in assignments, and classroom assessment techniques...