Susan Powers-Lee, PhD
Professor and Program Director
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:
and BIOL 1108
|Foundations of Biology|
and Lab for BIOL 1107
|BIOL 2299||Inquiries in Biological Sciences||4|
and BIOL 2302
|Genetics and Molecular Biology|
and Lab for BIOL 2301
|BIOL 2309||Techniques in Biology: An Inquiry-Based Lab||4|
and CHEM 1212
|General Chemistry 1|
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1215
|General Chemistry 2|
and Lab for CHEM 1214
and CHEM 2312
|Organic Chemistry 1|
and Lab for CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2314
|Organic Chemistry 2|
and Lab for CHEM 2313
|MATH 1251||Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 1||4|
|MATH 1252||Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 2||4|
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.
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.