Duke Immerse Fall 2019: Oceans, Human and Environmental Health (duke undergraduates only)
Oceans, Human and Environmental Health embraces the idea that the health of animals, people, and the environment are connected. This DukeImmerse program will focus on human interactions with the ocean and study how those interactions in turn affect human health and food security, as well as the ecosystem services and critical habitat the marine environment provides.
This immersive semester-long experience teaches students the fundamentals of evaluating the health of the natural environment and will include measuring environmental factors and organismal biomarkers that serve as health indicators (e.g. chlorophyll a, nutrients, marine biodiversity, fecal coliforms, pollutants, toxicological biomarkers). In addition to developing a scientific understanding of human and environmental health, this semester will expand students’ understanding of human well-being, health, environmental justice, access to resources, and environmental policy. This program is available to Duke undergraduates.
This semester will be divided into three main parts:
- North Carolina field experiences and laboratory exercises, contextualizing the process of measuring environmental health. Students will engage with the North Carolina Coastal Federation and tour restored wetlands.
- A two-week trip to China to compare and contrast the universal challenges to environmental health and the unique issues specific to the United States and China.
- Faculty-guided team projects. Possible topics include: marine mammals as integrators of human and environmental health, the role of non-governmental organizations in setting environmental policy, or environmental impacts of microplastics in the oceans.
- NEW Oceans, Human and Environmental Health course to be reviewed by curriculum committee Fall 2018
- Research Independent Study
- Sensory Physiology and Behavior of Marine Animals
- Coastal and Marine Pollution
Prerequisite: Writing 101
Recommended coursework: Intro to Biology, Intro to Chemistry
Program registration: Applications for Fall 2019 will post January 2019. For more information, please contact Dr. Dana Hunt, firstname.lastname@example.org or Duke Marine Lab Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies, Katie Wood (email@example.com).
Course fee: $1,000; Duke provides additional grant aid to cover the cost of any course fee for all students receiving financial aid. The course fee is in addition to tuition, room and board. Contact Duke's Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
This information can also be found on the Duke Immerse website.