University of Minnesota Duluth
University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department Head

Dr. Elizabeth Minor
Office: 246A Chem, 211 RLB
Phone: 218-726-8056, 218-726-7097

Assistant Head

Dr. Steve Berry
Office: 152C SSB
Phone: 218-726-7087

Executive Secretary

Ms. Dawna Carlberg
Office: 246 Chem
Phone: 218-726-7979

Welcome to the Department of
Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department offers Baccalaureate degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to undergraduate students. At the graduate level, the Department offers Master's (MS) degrees in Chemistry. Upon graduation, our students are equipped with the knowledge, expertise and personal skills to make a significant and positive impact in the field and benefit their communities at the state, regional, and national levels.

The department is also committed to promoting the professional development of its faculty through active research, scholarship, networking opportunities, and mentoring. The expertise of our faculty spans a wide range of disciplines such as analytical, environmental, inorganic and organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, biochemistry, geochemistry and other specialties of study.


News and Events

2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Applications are being reviewed.

Online applications are currently being reviewed. Applicants will be notified of their status shortly. Email questions to


Online Scholarship Application Process is closed.

Join us on April 28, 2017 at 3:00pm in the Kirby Ballroom to find out if you received an Award or Scholarship for next academic year.


The Running Life of a Student Researcher

Sheila Paintsil contributes to knowledge about cells and molecules. Read her story HERE.


Experiments in the Sky

UMD graduate student, Erica Lueth experiments in the sky with Cirrus Aircraft. Click here to watch the video. Thank you Erica!!


Major Gift Launches Advanced Materials Center

UMD and its Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) announced the creation of the UMD Advanced Materials Center (AMC). The new Advanced Materials Center will catalyze innovative research, student learning, and stakeholder partnerships in an interdisciplinary, cross­departmental initiative in the emerging field of materials science, in which UMD has already established itself as a regional leader. See full story at


2016 Transitions Newsletter


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