AB in Earth and Ocean Sciences – Nicholas School Undergraduate Programs

AB in Earth and Ocean Sciences

WARNING: If you matriculated at Duke starting in Fall of 2015, the A.B. now has additional prerequisites – this does not affect students who matriculated BEFORE Fall of 2015.  See your DUS for details.

The bachelor of arts in earth and ocean sciences is designed for those students who wish to have a fundamental understanding of the Earth system in support of a primary career in business, law, economics, education, political science, public policy, or human health. As earth system scientists we believe that current and future challenges of a sustainable global economy, international policy, and global health can only be met with a thorough scientific understanding of the Earth System.

A full list of courses is available here

Students who receive the A.B. degree in Earth and Ocean Sciences may follow many different career paths, including:

  • Research at government agencies or in the nonprofit world
  • Policy advising in government agencies or think tanks
  • Science or nature writing or publishing
  • K-12 teaching
  • Science curriculum development
  • Outdoor education
  • Interpretation at museums and state or national parks
  • They may also attend a professional school in law, business, public policy, etc., using their undergraduate major as the basis for a sub specialization.

For students who matriculated prior to Fall 2015:

Required courses include EOS 101 or EOS 102, plus any six EOS courses, of which five must be 200-level or higher, and three additional 200-level or higher courses in either Earth and Ocean Sciences or related fields (e.g., Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Environment), as approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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For students who matriculated fall 2015 or later, required courses include:

Co-requisites:
Math (105L and 106L) or 111L or 122L

Choose one course from two of the subject areas (no more than one course per subject area):
Biology 201L or 202L or 206L Chemistry 101DL (21) or 110DL Physics 141L (26 or 26)

Gateway Course:
EOS 101 orEOS 102

Required Major Requirements:
Any six EOS courses, of which five must be 200-level or higher

Electives:
Three additional 200-level or higher courses in either Earth and Ocean Sciences or related fields (e.g., Biology, Environment, Evolutionary Anthropology, Math, Physics or Statistics), as approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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