Spring Semester

January 10 - May 4, 2018

updated 5/23/2017

Plan ahead for Spring Semester 2018 at the Marine Lab. This is the semester for the studious and adventurous, with immersion in marine science in Beaufort and extended 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. **Students who enroll in more than one travel course may not enroll in independent study.  **  

Spring 2018 registration opens on November 1 - 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 Amy Kirkland (252-504-7502). For additional information please see the enrollment section of our website.

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Block Schedule: January 10 - May 4, 2018
Block A:            Jan 11 – Feb 9
Block B:            Feb 12 – Mar 9

Spring Break:    Mar 10 - Mar 18

Block C:            Mar 19 – Apr 11
Block D:            Apr 12 – May 4

 

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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 273LA. Marine Ecology (Belize)

NEW!**This course fulfills the Organismal Diversity requirement for Duke Biology majors** 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...
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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

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 350S. Seminar in Marine Conservation Science (Durham)

Taught in Durham Exploration of the complex interactions among science, policy and economics in the use of marine resources. Topics explored include the role individuals play in promoting marine conservation and environmental sustainability. Students will evaluate trade-offs systematically and...

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 533A. Marine Fisheries Policy

Principles, structure, and process of public policy-making for marine fisheries. Topics include local, regional, national, and international approaches to the management of marine fisheries. A social systems approach is used to analyze the biological, ecological, social, and economic aspects of the...

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 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...