Summer Term 2 - Graduate Courses

July 8- August 9, 2019

The Marine Laboratory, set within the natural beauty of the Outer Banks of coastal North Carolina, offers a picturesque residential campus, where learning in small, intimate groups takes place and students have direct access to the area's natural resources while using the latest scientific innovations. Many of the marine science summer courses include field studies components. Undergrads looking for summer courses should check our summer undergrad page.

Course Load

  • Students enrolled in Conservation Biology and Policy or the Drones course may also take Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles, Marine Mammals, Marine Ecology, or Venturing Seaward. 
  • Students enrolled in Physics 142LA may not take a second course.
  • Students interested in Research Independent Study should contact for instructions.

The summer courses below are open to graduate students, post-baccalaureates and professionals.

How to Enroll
Duke students enroll through ACES/Duke Hub. Students from outside institutions submit an enrollment form online

Course Costs
Tuition and Room & Board costs can be found on the costs page: Summer Costs

Tuition Scholarships are available for marine science courses during the summer (one per summer). Deadline: 1 April.

Click any of the course descriptions below for additional course details. Questions? Contact 

Graduate Summer II Courses

ENG 390A Film, Photos & Stormy Seas: Climate Change and the Ocean

This course will be offered on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and can be paired with Drones in Marine Biology, Ecology and Conservation OR with Conservation Biology and Policy . In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the coast of Texas, turning Houston—the fourth most populous city...


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, captive...

ENVIRON 773LA. Marine Ecology

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...

ENVIRON 776LA. Marine Mammals

Ecology, social organization, behavior, acoustic communication, and management issues. Focused on marine mammals in the southeastern United States (for example, bottlenose dolphin, right whale, West Indian manatee). This field-intensive course covers the biology, management and conservation of...

ENVIRON 777LA. Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles

Biology including the anatomy, physiology, behavior, life histories, and population dynamics of sea turtles linked to conservation issues and management. Focus on threatened and endangered sea turtle species, with special attention to science and policy issues in United States waters. Includes...

PHY 142LA. General Physics II

Second part of a two-semester calculus based course surveying principles of physics for students planning to study medicine or life sciences. Topics include: electrostatic fields and potential, capacitors, DC circuits, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic...