University of Minnesota Duluth
University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Undergraduate Degrees Offered

  • BS - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (certified by the American Chemical Society)
  • BS – Chemistry (certified by the American Chemical Society)
  • BA – Biochemistry
  • BA – Chemistry
  • MS - Chemistry

Total Number of Undergraduate Majors = 450 students
# of BS and BA Graduates = 50-55 per year

Undergraduate Research

  • 58% of our graduates completed an undergraduate research project (2009-2013)
  • Programs:  Summer Undergraduate Research Program (20-30 students are funded each summer)
  • UM Undergraduate Research Program (Paid positions)
  • Registration in our undergraduate research course

Placement Data

(2011-12 graduates)

(BS and BA)

Employed after graduation

% employed in MN

Admitted to graduate or professional school

# Graduates











Employment Opportunities

American Chemical Society: 

American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Reasons to Celebrate

Brian Kobilka (1977 UMD BS-Chemistry and BS-Biology) won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

$507,500 in scholarships and awards have been made annually for the past three years to recognize the excellent academic and leadership achievements of our students.

Faculty members published 52 research journal articles and gave 34 presentations at national and international meetings last year.  In addition, they were awarded over $3.9M in research grants over a three year period.

2005 Swenson Science Building provides excellent facilities for teaching and research labs.  The UM Board of Regents has approved requesting state funds for a new Chemical Sciences and Advanced Materials Building.

In addition to strength in the traditional areas of chemistry and biochemistry, the faculty has several interdisciplinary research programs.  These include bioinorganic, biophysics, chemical limnology and the environment, material engineering, disease mechanisms, and drug discoveries.