Swenson College of Science & Engineering

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Swenson College of Science & Engineering

The Swenson College of Science and Engineering embodies:

EDUCATION: Preparing students for success by adhering to our strong tradition of teaching while incorporating active, hands-on experience. Join us in building today’s workforce and tomorrow’s leaders.

RESEARCH: Partnering with regional industry to solve problems with local, national and international impact. Join us in answering real-world challenges with real-world solutions.

OUTREACH: Serving Northern Minnesota and beyond by engaging in science education and communication. Join us in creating opportunities for women and minorities in STEM.

Together, our investments in science and engineering education drive discovery in our students, our community and our world.


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.

Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering seeks excellence in engineering education and research by using modern, hands-on, and active learning experiences to prepare undergraduate students for professional success, and to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and protect the environment in performance of their professional duties.

Chemistry and Biochemistry 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to providing scientific solutions that address societal needs in an increasingly complex, diverse, and dynamic world. This commitment is demonstrated in our support of the professional and personal development of our undergraduate and graduate students.  

Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering prepares graduates for professional practice and graduate study through a program firmly based in strong technical skills, fundamentals, hands-on learning, sustainability, and professionalism. Our graduates are prepared to address real-world problems with real-world solutions.

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science balances formal classroom instruction with hands-on learning opportunities. Students gain real-world experience collaborating with faculty on projects and work with state of the art equipment and enter their chosen profession able to adapt and keep up with the ever-accelerating pace of change and innovation.

Electrical Engineering

The Department of Electrical Engineering provides high quality education for students through a program that offers challenging hands-on laboratory and design components in conjunction with a thorough foundation in theory which equip students with the skills to be lifelong contributors to their profession and society.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences provides undergraduate and graduate students with the highest quality earth science education by incorporating a strong tradition of undergraduate geology and many opportunities for field-based study and independent research. The interdisciplinary nature of the geosciences combines science, engineering and math to create an understanding of our physical environment and the economic, political and ethical considerations that accompany environmental issues to equip our graduates with the skill sets needed to become leaders within their profession.

Mathematics and Statistics

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics responds to the ever-increasing demands for the mathematical sciences in today's society by providing an integrated set of academic and research programs designed to prepare students for careers in business, industry, education, and government. Faculty seek to develop critical thinking with broad exposure to many areas within the mathematical sciences.

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering strives to deliver a laboratory-intensive undergraduate mechanical engineering education to provide students with the tools and skills to excel in the engineering profession, as they pursue lifelong learning and make positive contributions to society.

Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a launching pad for exploration and discovery of the universe. Faculty and students team up to search beyond the basic rules of the behavior of matter and energy. Through work on research at the forefront of science our graduates are prepared for a future that holds exciting opportunities and exhilarating breakthroughs.

Aerospace Studies and AFROTC

Detachment 420 of the Air Force ROTC prepares young men and women for an air force commission as soon as they earn their degree. The department offers a curriculum focusing on Air Force history, leadership, management and professionalism partnered with the real world application of organizational leadership and management skills.

Large Lakes Observatory (LLO)

The Large Lakes Observatory is the only institute in the country dedicated to the study of large lakes throughout the world. LLO has a global outlook and an international reputation with field programs and collaborators on six continents. LLO provides unique research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC)

The Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) is a student workforce-driven geographic information systems (GIS) services organization with statewide visibility and relevance. GAC has a decade-long record of external contract work with state agencies, counties, and regional organizations. The Center's staff also provides assistance in classrooms and research projects across campus.

Research Instrumentation Laboratory (RIL)

The Research Instrumentation Laboratory (RIL) is a shared instrumentation facility that houses and maintains major analytical instruments such as scanning electron microscope for research and teaching.  RIL also provides analytical services to local technology businesses.  The entire UMD community benefits from the presence of RIL that helps advanced scientific learning and exploration.