The Duke University Marine Laboratory has been a world leader in undergraduate marine science education since 1938. We are a satellite campus of Duke located approximately 3.5 hours southeast of Duke’s main campus in Durham – we work closely with faculty on main campus and offer great programs for undergraduates to study marine science and conservation. We offer year-round academic programs (coursework and research opportunities) for undergraduates during fall semester, spring semester, and two five-week summer terms. Duke and non-Duke students are eligible to attend one or more sessions. Studying at the Marine Lab for a portion of their academic career, some students come for several semesters and some students come for a summer term- it’s really up to you!
(www.nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab/programs/undergraduate/) has lots of useful info for undergrads considering spending time at the Duke Marine Lab. Students from many different majors (biology, environmental science, earth and ocean science, chemistry, history, English, public policy and more) spend time here during a semester or summer living and studying together.
Three undergraduate majors have concentrations that relate to marine science: Biology, Environmental Science, and Earth & Ocean Sciences. The Environmental Sciences degree (both AB & BS) have a concentration in marine science. Learn more about our degree program here: https://nicholas.duke.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/marine-science-conservation.
The Biology Department (www.biology.duke.edu/undergrad/) has a Marine Biology Area of Concentration. If you were interested in the physical side of marine science, you could look at the Earth and Ocean Science degrees. The Marine Lab also has a Certificate in Marine Science and Conservation Leadership which is similar to a minor in that it requires six courses. https://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab/programs/undergraduate/certificate
Each term the Marine Lab hosts undergraduate students from institutions other than Duke, creating a diverse student population. Students enjoy the same great classes, one-on-one faculty interactions, and research opportunities as our Duke students, and get credit towards their degrees from their home institution. We have formal agreements with 35 institutions through the Marine Science Education Consortium (https://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab/programs/undergraduate/msec), but students can come from almost anywhere.