Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences with a Marine Science Conservation Concentration – Nicholas School Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences with a Marine Science Conservation Concentration

For students matriculating in 2015, the major in environmental sciences can include a concentration in marine science and conservation. Students seeking the B.S. 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 (

Major Requirements Worksheet >

Degree Requirements*:

  • Chemistry (CHEM 101L plus CHEM 201 or 210)
  • Calculus (MATH 111 and 112 OR MATH 122)
  • Biology (BIO 201L or 202L)
  • Statistics (STAT 101, or 102, or 111, or 130, or BIO 204)
  • Environmental Sciences (ENV 102 (Intro to Environmental Sciences and Policy)
  • Physics (PHYS 141L or 161L)
  • One Gateway Course: ENV 201 (Integrating Environmental Sciences and Policy)
  • Core Courses: 6 courses, at least one from each category
    • Marine Ecology
      ENV 273LA (Marine Ecology)
      ENV 383LA (Marine Molecular Microbiology)
      ENV 571A (Urban Tropical Ecology w/Travel to Singapore)
    • Conservation
      ENV 205 (Marine Megafauna)
      ENV 270 (Conservation Biology and Policy)
      ENV 286A (Marine Policy)
      ENV 305A (Social Impact Analysis)
      ENV 375(L)A (Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles)
      ENV 376(L)A (Marine Mammals)
      ENV 528SA (Community-based Marine Conservation)
      ENV 533A (Fisheries Policy)
      ENV 551DA (International Conservation and Development)
    • Organismal: structure/function
      ENV 278LA (Comparative Physiology of Marine Animals)
      ENV 360 (Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology)
      ENV 373LA (Sensory Physiology of Marine Animals)
      ENV 377LA (Marine Invertebrate Zoology)
      ENV 501 (Environmental Toxicology)
      BIO 275A (Biology for Engineers)
    • Marine Processes:
      ENV 321A (Coastal Watershed Science and Policy)
      ENV 370A (Introduction to Physical Oceanography)
      ENV 445A (Marine Climate Change)
      ENV 369LA (Biological Oceanography)
      EOS 202 (Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics)
      EOS 316A (Beach and Island Geological Processes)
      ENV 362S (Changing Oceans)
      EOS 404S (Geology of the Tropical Marine Environment)
    • Marine Tools/Skills
      ENV 280LA (Bioacoustics)
      ENV 226S or 226SK (Field Methods)
      ENV 359 (Fundamentals of GIS)
      ENV 559 (Advanced GIS)
  • Focus Area:
    Students must choose a focus area. At least 3 (2 with NS/EGR codes) courses must contribute to this focus, with 1 being a Research Independent Study. Core courses, but not co-reqs, can be used to fulfill this requirement. MSC faculty will prepare several focus area options that take advantage of the strengths of 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 focus area.
    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: All MSC concentration students will be required to spend a minimum of 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.