Beaufort, North Carolina

Duke University Marine Lab


The Duke Marine Lab is situated on Pivers Island, which lies across the channel from the town of Beaufort, NC, and is accessible by car. As part of the sounds, estuaries, and islands that comprise the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the area is rich in flora and fauna of both temperate and tropical environments. In the Beaufort-Morehead City area are six other laboratories, accounting for a sizeable population of marine scientists.

The Program

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. For more information about the program please visit the following link:


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 be recommended by Professor Scott Wissinger ( in order to participate in this program. Participation is limited to 1-2 students per year.

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:

Student Life

The Marine Laboratory is a small campus that includes student dormitories, classroom laboratories, research buildings, and various other facilities. Students enrolled in this program are housed in dormitories at Beaufort. Students share three meals a day at the island’s Dining Hall with fellow students, faculty and staff and have access to the Student Center, island common areas, computer labs and library facilities.


Students are charged Allegheny tuition, a $300 off-campus study fee, College Owned Apartment room rate, and the Complete Meal Plan. Allegheny financial aid, except work/study, is applied toward the program. Extra costs include Duke health insurance (estimated $1200 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 that entails travel outside of North Carolina, whether domestic or international, you will be responsible for all costs associated with that travel experience. (between $1100-$2900)