Susan Powers-Lee, PhD
Professor and Program Director

203 Mugar Life Sciences Building
Morline Gordon-Grier, Administrative Secretary,
Advising website

Biochemistry focuses on the chemical processes occurring in the wide variety of living systems and touches essentially all aspects of our own lives. Our Northeastern program engages you in two integrated paths to a career in biochemistry: rigorous course work that is designed to prepare you to interpret the ever-expanding knowledge base and hands-on learning that positions you to leverage cutting-edge technology to solve fundamental problems in the chemistry of life.

After required basic course work in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, our majors select elective courses that reflect many areas of biochemistry including neuroscience, bioorganic chemistry, stem cell and regenerative biology, microbial biotechnology, and systems biology and engineering.

In our interdisciplinary program, students take advantage of faculty-mentored research guided by investigators from bioengineering, biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, and other academic units.

Northeastern’s signature co-op program provides complementary opportunities in world-class biotechnology companies, hospitals, and research facilities as close as Boston and as far as your global interest takes you.

Our biochemistry program prepares students to enter the job market directly or go on to graduate, medical, veterinary, dental, law, or business school. Our graduates are qualified for a wide range of careers that span academics, industry, government, and medicine, working in laboratory or clinical research, regulation and quality control, production, marketing, or information systems.

Academic Progression Standards

After four semesters in the major, students must have a grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 in all science and math courses and have completed at least six of the following courses:

BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
Foundations of Biology
and Lab for BIOL 1107
BIOL 2299Inquiries in Biological Sciences4
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
BIOL 2309Techniques in Biology: An Inquiry-Based Lab4
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
MATH 1251Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 14
MATH 1252Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 24

Students who transfer into the biochemistry major will be allowed two semesters after entering the major to meet the minimum standards for their class. Students who fail to meet the above standards will be placed on departmental probation. Two consecutive semesters on departmental probation will result in dismissal from the major.

To graduate with a major in biochemistry, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.000 for all science and mathematics courses required for the major.

No double majors are offered in biochemistry and biology, in biochemistry and chemistry, or in biochemistry and behavioral neuroscience due to similarity in course curricula. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.000 to remain in this program.

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Dual Degree

Biochemistry Courses

BIOC 1000. Biochemistry at Northeastern. 1 Hour.

Introduces first-year students to the major and the field of biochemistry and to the professional and academic resources available to students at Northeastern University. Acquaints students with their faculty, advisors, and fellow students; provides an initial orientation to undergraduate research, cooperative education, and other experiential learning options; helps develop the academic skills necessary to succeed; provides grounding in the culture and values of the university community; and assists in interpersonal skill development—in short, familiarizes students with the resources and skills needed to become a successful university student.

BIOC 4970. Junior/Senior Honors Project 1. 4 Hours.

Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Combined with Junior/Senior Project 2 or college-defined equivalent for 8-credit honors project.

BIOC 4971. Junior/Senior Honors Project 2. 4 Hours.

Focuses on second semester of in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Prereq. BIOC 4970.

BIOC 4991. Research. 4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision.