Course Registration

Nicholas School students register for classes using the Duke University on-line registration system known as the DukeHub. Students may access course information, financial aid and account information, personal data and other types of information through the DukeHub. In order to access the DukeHub, you must have an active Duke NetID and password in order to login. The first thing you will be required to do is provide contact and mailing information. Make sure that your mailing address is current and accurate. That is the address the university uses for all official mailings. You can update most of your personal information online at any time. Please take special care to safeguard this information and change your password the first time you access the Web. In the DukeHub, most of the Nicholas School’s courses will appear under the ENVIRON and EOS course abbreviations.  You can also view courses in all other Duke departments and schools from the course schedule in the DukeHub.

Specific details about course registration for students entering in fall will be provided during the summer. Be sure to check your Duke email.


If there is a course you are interested in but you are not entirely certain, you are free to go to the first meeting of that class to determine if you really want to register for the course. Once you are sure then you will need to add the course to your schedule in the DukeHub.

If a course is full when you go to register and a wait list is permitted, you will be put on the wait list and when a slot opens students will be registered automatically in the order they appear on the wait list. You are free to attend the course if you are on the wait list until you get in or the drop/add period ends. However, do not neglect any of the courses you are actually registered for in favor of one you hope to get into since if you don’t get in, you are still responsible for the other course’s readings, assignments, papers and participation.

You are permitted to drop and add courses in the DukeHub through the end of the second week of classes. If you decide not to take a course and drop it before the end of drop/add it will disappear from your schedule. Once drop/add is over, the only way to get out of a course is to withdraw from the course. That means the course remains on your transcript with a “W” in the grade column.

If you obtain a permission number for a course and use it to register and then drop the course and decide you need to re-add it, you will need to get a new permission number from the instructor. Please be aware that some permission numbers will expire if not used to register for a course by a specific date. If you do not register by that date you will need to get a new permission number from the instructor.

If you drop a course that does not require a permission number then the first person on the wait list will roll into the course and you will lose your slot in the course. Be sure you no longer want to take a course before you drop it because you may not be able to get back into the course.

It is not possible to be enrolled in two courses that overlap, even if only by one minute. Questions about registration can be directed to

Manage your course schedule in the DukeHub to make sure you know the start and end times of your classes and location (some classes will meet in Grainger Hall and the Levine Science Research Center (LSRC), others may meet in buildings that could be as much as a 10 minute walk away so be sure to allow travel time between buildings).

Be sure you have access to Sakai for course information. If the syllabus is posted, check to see what textbooks and course packs you need and purchase them before classes begin, if possible. Textbooks may be purchased at the Duke Bookstore and Amazon or, if the professor is using trade paperbacks, those may be purchased at the Regulator on Ninth Street, or possibly through other book sellers.

Take advantage of writing consultants provided by Duke’s Writing Studio and, if more extensive help is needed, writing consultants paid for by the student. The Writing Studio offers resources and workshops specific to non-native English speakers. The Nicholas School Communications Studio is a writing resource for environmental professionals to work toward the improvement of written communications. The studio offers one-on-one consultations, information on proper methods of citation, and communication trainings. Additional writing resources

Keep a copy of the university’s Academic Calendar handy, which includes registration dates, holidays, and student breaks.