Spring Semester

January 8 - May 1, 2020

Block Schedule: 
Block A: Jan 9– Feb 7
Block B: Feb 10– Mar 6
Spring Break: Mar 7 - March 15
Block C: Mar 16– Apr 8
Block D: Apr 9– May 1

updated 7/8/2019

Interested in the travel courses? Check out Course Travel page to learn details about each of the spring travel course options.

Plan ahead for Spring Semester 2020 at the Marine Lab. This is the semester for the studious and adventurous, with immersion in marine science in Beaufort and extended international travel opportunities with Duke faculty. Students fulfill Trinity requirements for all majors, pre-health programs, and concentrations in marine science.

Students interested in participating in research independent study must devote one entire block to it.  It is difficult to accomplish a research project while taking multiple travel courses. If it is your intention to take multiple travel courses and you are interested in research independent study, please send an email to Independent Study Director, Dan Rittschof (ritt@duke.edu).

Spring 2020 registration opens on October 30- Duke students register for courses in ACES during their assigned registration window, but send us an email ahead of time noting your travel course preferences and to let us know you are planning to enroll this spring. If you need a permission number, please contact Gwendy Womble (252-504-7502). For additional information please see the enrollment section of our website.

Interested in Research? Research Independent Study Options


Undergraduate Spring 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 278LA. Comparative Physiology of Marine Animals

Physiology of marine animals with emphasis on comparisons between marine vertebrates and humans. Focus on physiological processes including gas exchange, circulation, osmoregulation, metabolism, thermoregulation, endocrine, neural control and sensory systems. Lectures and laboratories illustrate...

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 (Bahamas/South Florida)

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...

ENV 321A. 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...
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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)...
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ENVIRON 305SA. 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...
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ENVIRON 370A. 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,...
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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 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...
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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...
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EOS 364SA Changing Oceans

Our oceans are under severe stress. This seminar will explore human disturbances of marine environments, including ocean warming, sea level rise, melting of ice caps and sea ice, ocean acidification, coastal eutrophication, changes in primary production and food web dynamics, invasive species,...
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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...