Nicholas School Undergraduate Programs

Connecting you to your environment. Preparing you for success.

The Nicholas School cooperates with the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences in awarding four undergraduate degrees: the AB in environmental science and policy and the BS in environmental sciences (both provide an optional opportunity to complete a concentration in Marine Sciences and Conservation), and the BA and BS in earth and ocean sciences. In addition, minors are offered in both environmental sciences and policy and earth and ocean sciences. Certificate programs are offered in energy and the environment, marine science and conservation leadership and sustainability engagement. Courses for the majors are taught by more than sixty Duke Professors in twenty cooperating departments and schools.


Earth & Ocean Sciences Programs

Since 1936, our undergraduates have focused on the scientific aspects of how our planet works.  The Earth and Ocean Science program prepares students for careers in climate, energy, geology, oceanography, and water and natural resources.  Nature is our classroom, and the laboratory our proving grounds for analytical and quantitative skills.

For questions related to EOS programs and classes, contact Drs. Emily Klein ( and Alex Glass (


Environmental Sciences | Environmental Sciences & Policy Programs

From their forestry roots in 1932, our environmental majors combine Natural and Social Sciences to address pressing environmental challenges. Students develop their own path through rigorous training in and out of the classroom.

For questions related to ENV programs and classes, contact Dr. Prasad Kasibhatla (


Marine Science & Conservation Programs

The Duke Marine Lab has been a leader in marine science in education since 1938. Located on Pivers Island in Beaufort, North Carolina, experiential coursework and research are the hallmarks of this residential program.

For questions related to MSC programs and classes, contact Dr. Tom Schultz (


Undergraduate Alumni

See what our undergraduate alumni have to say about how their education at Duke University helped set them on a course to become leaders and innovators in their various fields of study and industry.