The Department of Biology is the hub for fundamental biological sciences at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Faculty and students in the Department of Biology form a collaborative network that conducts cutting-edge research which furthers our understanding of the natural world and finds application in fields from conservation to biomedical sciences.
The Department of Biology is one of eleven departments located within Swenson College of Science and Engineering. Among the largest of UMD programs, it serves in excess of 700 majors in addition to providing a liberal arts experience for many undergraduates across campus.
Throughout its history, the Department of Biology has offered a curriculum directed toward the sound preparation of biology-related majors and minors and service to non-biology undergraduates. The department offers degrees in Biology (B.S. and B.A.) and Cell and Molecular Biology (B.S.) and provides support for many pre-professional programs. More than 70 different courses are currently offered by 24 faculty. These faculty members recognize the importance of scholarship and service, the intrinsic value of research, and the significance of a primary commitment to quality teaching.
Our mission includes undergraduate education, research, graduate education, and service. The department has research strengths in ecology and cell and molecular biology. These emphases serve as the major themes integrating our undergraduate, graduate, and research programs. For more information, please see our Strategic Plan.
The Department of Biology interacts with other academic departments, university units like the National Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and the Minnesota Sea Grant Program, and agencies such as the Minnesota Department of National Resources (DNR) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laboratory in Duluth. The nature of our interactions has ranged from teaching classes in other departments and serving on graduate committees to joint research ventures. Several of our faculty members have acted as advisors or co-advisors in all-University graduate programs in Water Resources and Toxicology or in Ph.D. programs in other departments in the University of Minnesota system. The Department of Biology has developed particularly close programmatic ties for undergraduate and graduate education and research with the faculties of several departments in NRRI and the School of Medicine.