Duke University Marine Lab in North Carolina

  • Location: USA - North Carolina (Beaufort)
  • GPA Requirements: 3.0 GPA
  • Other Requirements: Intro courses in biology, chemistry and math.
  • Application Deadline: February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring
  • Official Website: Duke University Marine Lab in North Carolina

Program Dates

Spring 2023: January 11th – May 6th

Fall 2023: August 28th – December 16th

Where: North Carolina

The Marine Laboratory is situated on Pivers Island within the Outer Banks of North Carolina, only 150 yards across the channel from the historic town of Beaufort. A bridge connects the island with US Highway 70, making the laboratory readily accessible. The area’s system of barrier islands, sounds, and estuaries is rich in flora and fauna, and diverse habitats, including rivers, creeks, mud flats, unspoiled sand beaches, dunes, marshes, peat bogs, cypress swamps, bird islands, and coastal forests, making the area an excellent haven for both nature lovers and those interested in the pursuit of marine science.


The Marine Laboratory is a campus of Duke University and a unit within the Nicholas School of the Environment. The programs of study offered at the Duke Marine Lab serve undergraduate majors in natural sciences, or environmental sciences and policy. The programs emphasize small classes, independent research and integrated classroom, laboratory, and field research. Students have daily access to the natural marine environment, modern scientific equipment, and to specialized faculty who represent the disciplines of oceanography, marine biology, marine biomedicine, marine biotechnology, and coastal marine policy and management.


Students should have a 3.0 GPA in order to study at the Duke Marine Lab and must have completed introductory courses in biology, chemistry and math at Allegheny. Applicants must communicate with Professor Lisa Whitenack (lwhitena@allegheny.edu) before applying to the program. Participation may be limited to 1-2 students per year.

Housing & Student Life

Undergraduates all live on campus together in any one of five dorms. The Marine Lab has all the things you’d find on a college campus and a few extras: dorms, a dining hall, library, student common spaces, laundry room, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards. All students get a free membership to a nearby gym. Students share three meals a day at the island’s Dining Hall with fellow students, faculty and staff.

Fees & Costs

Students are charged Allegheny tuition, a $300 off-campus study fee, independent living room rate, and meal plan A. Allegheny financial aid, except work study/campus employment, is applied toward the program. Extra costs include Duke health insurance (estimated $1800 which may be waived with proof of own insurance and completion of waiver form), round-trip transportation to North Carolina and personal expenses. If you enroll in a track or course that entails travel outside of North Carolina, whether domestic or international, you will be responsible for all costs associated with that travel experience. 

Application Process

Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for the fall program and September 20 for the spring program. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit: Apply