The Biology and Natural Resources Department offers ecologically based study through a variety of classroom, laboratory, and field experiences, including exploration of our 2,600-acre forested campus and travel to sites in the U.S. and abroad. Through membership in Duke University’s Marine Sciences Education Consortium (MSEC), those interested in marine science may take courses at Duke’s Marine Laboratory and participate in its travel programs.
The BS in biology provides a thorough understanding of plant and animal biology, the dynamics of biological populations and communities, and major ecosystem functions. Students develop strong field research skills and ecological knowledge. For one semester, they take only biology classes, traveling often to camp and study with professors and classmates.
The BA in environmental studies provides a science-based, interdisciplinary focus on human-environment interaction. The major is grounded in biology with classes in natural resources, economics, sociology, education, earth science, chemistry, and math. A geology specialization is available.