AB in Environmental Sciences & Policy with a Marine Science Conservation Concentration – Nicholas School Undergraduate Programs

AB in Environmental Sciences & Policy with a Marine Science Conservation Concentration

For students matriculating in 2015, the major in environmental sciences and policy can include a concentration in marine science and conservation. Students seeking an A.B. degree with a concentration in Marine Science and Conservation are required to spend at least 1 semester at the Duke Marine Lab campus in Beaufort. Questions about the new concentration or courses offered at the Marine Lab? Contact Katie Wood (katie.wood@duke.edu).

Major Requirements Worksheet >

Degree Requirements*:

  • Chemistry (CHEM 101DL or 110DL)
  • Calculus (MATH (105L and 106L), or MATH 111L or MATH 122L)
  • Biology (BIO 201L or 202L or 206L)
  • Statistics (STATS 101, or 102, or 111, or 130, or BIO 204 or SOC 333)
  • Environmental Science (ENV 102)
  • Economics (ECON 101 or POLICSCI 145)
  • One Gateway Course: ENV 201 (Integrating Environmental Sciences and Policy)
  • Topical Areas: 3 courses, one from each category
      • Environmental Humanities
        ENV 209S (Food, Farming and Feminism)
        ENV214S (Ethical Challenges in Environmental Conservation)
        ENV 364S (Science and the Media)
        ENV 315s: (Environmental Issues and Documentary Arts)
        CULANTH 419s (Global Environmentalism and the Politics of Nature)
        HISTORY 345 (North American Environmental History)
        PHIL 215 (Applied and Environmental Ethics)
      • Marine Conservation
        ENV 205 (Marine Megafauna)
        ENV 270 (Conservation Biology and Policy)
        ENV 286A (Marine Policy)
        ENV 375(L)A (Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles)
        ENV 376(L)A (Marine Mammals)
        ENV 528SA (Community-based Conservation)
        ENV 533A (Fisheries Policy)
        ENV 551DA (Conservation and Development)
      • Marine Sciences
        ENV 273LA (Marine Ecology)
        ENV 278LA (Comparative Physiology of Marine Animals)
        ENV 280LA (Introduction to Marine Bioacoustics)
        ENV 362s (Changing Oceans)
        ENV 370A (Introduction to Physical Oceanography)
        ENV 373LA (Sensory Physiology of Marine Animals)
        ENV 377LA (Marine Invertebrate Zoology)
        ENV 383LA (Marine Molecular Microbiology)
        ENV 445A (Marine Climate Change)
        ENV 571A (Urban Tropical Ecology)
        ENV 369LA (Biological Oceanography)
        EOS 202 (Atmospheric and Ocean Dynamics)
  • Area of Specialization:
    Students will choose an Area of Specialization in consultation with their advisor. Three courses fulfill this requirement, with at least one being an Independent Study or Research Independent Study. Students will choose between Marine Conservation and Marine Science to develop depth in a chosen discipline. MSC faculty will prepare several focus area options that take advantage of the strengths of the Marine Lab, the Nicholas School and Duke University. Students can choose an alternative focus area, in consultation with their advisor and Director of Undergraduate Studies. In the Spring of the Junior year, students will submit an essay that ties together these courses, along with any relevant experiences, and argues for a coherent area of specialization.
    Focused Study Worksheet >
    Master List of Approved Focused Study Courses >
  • Capstone Experience (1 of the following):
    ENV 490: new course to be developed by core faculty to meet needs of BS and AB students
    GWD: one semester of Independent Research required, 2 recommended
  • Field Experience: students must spend at least 1 semester at the Marine Lab

*Approval of substitute courses taken at other universities must be obtained from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department offering the course. Please note that some of these courses are prerequisite to some upper-level courses in this major.