Fall Semester

August 26-December 13, 2019

Fall semester at the Duke Marine Lab highlights courses include natural science, social science, and interdisciplinary offerings that emphasize hands-on, experiential learning in an enriching academic environment. Students from every major are welcome to study at the Duke University Marine Lab.  Scroll down the page for the complete list of fall course options including our fall break travel courses to Panama and California. 

Fall 2019 features DukeImmerse: Oceans and Environmental Health. Students in the DukeImmerse program will take four courses and spend approximately 2 weeks at Kunshan University in China. For details on the DukeImmerse program visit our the Duke Immerse web page on this site. 

For help with registration questions, email gwendy.womble@duke.edu.

Undergraduate registration officially opens on 6 April, but you can pre-register by sending us an email

Enrollment information is available here >


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 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 390SA. Coastal Marine Pollution (Duke Immerse)

The 390SA section is permission only and is for students who will be enrolled in the Duke Immerse program, fall 2019 at the Duke Marine Lab . Sources, fate, and effects of organic, inorganic, and particulate pollutants in the marine environment. Topics include oil spills, coastal eutrophication,...
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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 319A. Aquaculture and the Environment

The major environmental, social and economic drivers of increasing global aquaculture, with a focus on marine systems. Quantitative evaluation and comparison of the range of species for aquaculture, locations where operations occur, operational aspects including environmental impacts and management...
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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 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...