Fall Semester

August 27-December 14, 2018

Fall semester at the Duke Marine Lab is ideal for undergraduate students majoring in natural sciences and pre-health studies. Students can take up to 5.5 courses, with the option to participate in Independent Study and half-credit travel courses over fall break. Course options include natural science, social science, humanities, and interdisciplinary offerings that emphasize hands-on, experiential learning in a small and supportive academic environment.

Undergraduates may enroll in up to five and a half course credits during the fall semester. Students interested in taking more than five and a half credits must get permission from their academic dean. Scroll down the page for the complete list of fall course options including Beaufort Signature Travel courses, social science, interdisciplinary courses, natural science and molecular courses. Courses are open to Duke and non-Duke students. For help with courses, email katie.wood@duke.edu. Registration officially opens on 5 April, but you can pre-register by sending us an email

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fall courses

BIOLOGY 201LA. Gateway to Biology: Molecular Biology

Introduces major concepts in biology through the lens of molecular biology. Molecular mechanisms that comprise the Central Dogma and variants. DNA structure and function, replication, transcription, and translation. Protein synthesis, folding, structure and function. Supporting topics related to...
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BIOLOGY 202LA. Genetics and Evolution

Introduction to principles transmission genetics and evolution. Includes Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, quantitative genetics, genetic mapping, evidence for evolution, natural selection, genetic drift, kin selection, speciation, molecular evolution, phylogenetic analysis. Relevance to...
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BIOLOGY 273LA. 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...
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BIOLOGY 293. Research Independent Study

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...

BIOLOGY 369LA. Biological Oceanography

Describing the patterns of abundance, diversity and activity of organisms in major ocean ecosystems, identifying the major physical, chemical and ecological processes that affect these patterns, and analyzing the impact of biology on ecosystems, Development of quantitative skills to measure these...

BIOLOGY 376A. Marine Mammals

The biology of cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians, and 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...
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BIOLOGY 377LA. Marine Invertebrate Zoology

Structure, function, and development of invertebrates collected from estuarine and marine habitats. In this course, we will explore biodiversity through explorations of marine invertebrate life. Emphasis will be placed on relationships between form and function, phylogeny, adaptations to the...
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BIOLOGY 570LA-1. Experimental Tropical Marine Ecology (Panama)

Distribution and density of marine and semi-terrestrial tropical invertebrate populations; behavioral and mechanical adaptations to physical stress, competition, and predation using rapid empirical approaches and hypothesis testing. Offered only at Beaufort, with preparation for fieldwork before...
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ENV 573A. Coastal Marine Pollution

Sources, fate, and effects of organic, inorganic, and particulate pollutants in the marine environment. Topics include oil spills, coastal eutrophication, marine debris, harmful algae, sewage contamination, dredging, and emerging contaminants. Methods for measuring pollution in the marine...
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ENVIRON 286A. Marine Policy

Policy and policy-making concerning the coastal marine environment. History of marine-related organizations, legislation, and issues and their effects on local, regional, national, and international arenas. Use of theoretical and methodological perspectives, including political science, sociology,...
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ENVIRON 393A. Research Independent Study

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...

ENVIRON 445A. Marine Climate Change

Explore the science of climate change with a focus on climate change impacts on marine ecosystems and inhabitants - specifically ocean acidification, warming and sea level rise. Students will learn about factors causing climate change, and how those vary spatially. The class will critically examine...
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ENVIRON 476A. Data And Time Series Analysis In Marine Sciences

Analysis of environmental time-series and other data sets. Topics include discrete sampling issues, data rejection and interpolation, coordinate rotations and principal axes, curve fits, regression, error and propagation of uncertainty, bootstrapping, filtering, spectral analysis, harmonic analysis...
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EOS 393A. Research Independent Study

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...

PHY 141LA. General Physics

First part of a two-semester, calculus-based, physics survey course for students planning study in medicine or the life sciences. Topics: kinematics, dynamics, systems of particles, conservation laws, statics, gravitation, fluids, oscillations, mechanical waves, sound, thermal physics, laws of...