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Students can choose to complete the entire course of study for several University of Minnesota Graduate Programs in Duluth. Individual programs will be tailored to meet each student's needs and career objectives. Courses will be a combination of Duluth and Twin Cities courses delivered by videoconferencing.

More information about individual programs can be found at the specific program Web sites:

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

The Graduate Program in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics is at the center of the universities research emphasis in genomics and proteomics. While graduate training in a BMBB laboratory involves first-year coursework and associated preliminary examinations, the focal point for graduate education is thesis research.

Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Our Cellular and Integrative Physiology program is highly individualized so that each student has the freedom to pursue his or her own scientific interests. There is, however, a fundamental base of knowledge in the life sciences (cell biology, biochemistry, systems physiology, and neuroscience) that provides a strong foundation for advanced study.


In this program, you will spend your first year studying a core curriculum designed to cover all the broad areas in neuroscience, from molecular neurobiology and genetics to computational neuroscience. Laboratory rotations will enable you to experience potential fields of study for your doctoral work in neuroscience and facilitate the selection of an appropriate advisor and thesis topic.


The Nutrition Graduate Program offers opportunities to conduct research with diverse faculty from many different departments within the University. Nutrition research opportunities are available in many areas, including dietary fiber, cancer, cardiovascular disease, maternal and child nutrition, phytochemicals, antioxidants, energy metabolism, exercise and nutrition, and nutrition education.


Pharmacology is the study of how drugs exert their effects on living systems. Requirements for this degree (coursework, examinations and thesis) are the same as outlined for the Twin Cities program. Areas of research include toxicology, cardiovascular and endocrine pharmacology, immunopharmacology, and studies of drugs of abuse.

Social, Administrative, and Clinical Pharmacy

Social and Administrative Pharmacy
This program of study was designed for the student who is looking for an education and experience quite unlike the physically and biologically oriented undergraduate programs in pharmacy. This program fosters the application of behavior-oriented interdisciplinary theories to pharmacy problem solving and pharmacy system development.

Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology    
This program of study was designed specifically for students interested in clinical research. The emphasis is to advance the science of human pharmacology and therapeutics. The goal is to improve the safe, effective and economical use of drugs by patients. As a student in the program, you will study topics such as pharmacometrics, clinical trials, clinical therapeutics, population pharmacokinetics, and pharmacoepidemiology.  


This University-wide program provides comprehensive training in the broad scope of toxicology. Toxicology, the science of poisons, is devoted to identifying and characterizing the risk associated with exposures to potential noxious agents in our environment. Although most chemical agents at sufficiently large doses may be toxic, not all present a significant risk to human health or to environmental organisms or ecosystems. Accordingly, the essence of the science of toxicology is defining the fine line which distinguishes a risk from a residue. To accomplish this requires scientific expertise in such areas as analytical and environmental chemistry, biology, and mathematics.

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