Biochemistry, BS

Website

Susan Powers-Lee, PhD
Professor and Program Director

203 Mugar Life Sciences Building
617.373.2852
Morline Gordon-Grier, Administrative Secretary, m.gordongrier@northeastern.edu
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.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Biochemistry Major Requirements

Introduction to College
BIOC 1000Biochemistry at Northeastern1
Biology Foundations
Foundations
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
Foundations of Biology
and Lab for BIOL 1107
5
Inquiries
BIOL 2299Inquiries in Biological Sciences4
Techniques
BIOL 2309Biology Project Lab4
Genetics and Molecular Biology
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
5
General Chemistry 1
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
5
General Chemistry 2
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
5
Organic Chemistry 1
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
5
Organic Chemistry 2
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
5
Physical Chemistry
CHEM 3431
and CHEM 3432
Physical Chemistry
and Lab for CHEM 3431
5
Biochemistry Courses
BIOL 3611
and BIOL 3612
Biochemistry
and Lab for BIOL 3611
5
BIOL 4707Cell and Molecular Biology4
CHEM 4620Introduction to Protein Chemistry4
Experiential Learning Introduction
EESC 2000Professional Development for Co-op1
Capstone
BIOL 4701Biology Capstone4
or CHEM 4750 Senior Research

Biology and Chemistry Advanced Electives

Complete three courses for a total of at least 12 semester hours from biology and chemistry with a minimum of one course from each department. Up to 4 semester hours may be research in a biology or chemistry faculty lab from the list “Research Option” below.

Biology
BIOL 2311 to BIOL 5999
Chemistry
CHEM 2310 to CHEM 5999
Research Option
Up to 4 semester hours may be research in a biology or chemistry faculty lab:4
Research
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Internship
Research
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Undergraduate Research
Senior Research
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1

Biochemistry Breadth Courses

A minimum GPA of 2.000 is required for the biochemistry breadth courses.

Mathematics Courses
Complete one of the following options:8
Option 1
Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 1
Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 2
Option 2
Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering
Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering
Physics Courses
Physics 1
Complete a lecture and lab set for Physics 1:5
Physics 1 for Bioscience and Bioengineering
and Lab for PHYS 1171
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1171
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
Physics 2
Complete a lecture and lab set for Physics 2:5
Physics 2 for Bioscience and Bioengineering
and Lab for PHYS 1175
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1175
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Physics for Life Sciences 2
and Lab for PHYS 1147
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165

Biochemistry Major Credit/GPA Requirements

Complete 92 semester hours in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.000.

Due to overlap in course content, double majoring in biochemistry and biology, biochemistry and behavioral neuroscience, or biochemistry and chemistry is not permitted.

Program Requirement

136 total semester hours required

Please note that these are sample plans of study. While the requirements are the same for all students, individual schedules may vary.

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 11074BIOL 22994BIOL 23014Elective 34
BIOL 11081CHEM 12144BIOL 23021Elective 44
CHEM 12114CHEM 12151Elective 24 
CHEM 12121CHEM 12160  
CHEM 12130ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514MATH 12524  
Elective 14   
BIOC 10001   
 19 17 9 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 23094CHEM 23134BIOL 36114Co-op
CHEM 23114CHEM 23141BIOL 36121 
CHEM 23121PHYS 11553Elective 84 
PHYS 11513PHYS 11561  
PHYS 11521PHYS 11571  
PHYS 11531Elective 64  
Elective 54Elective 74  
EESC 20001  
 18 19 9 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCHEM 34314BIOL 47074Co-op
 CHEM 34321Elective 104 
 CHEM 46204  
 ENGW 33074  
 Elective 94  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHours   
BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5   
BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5   
BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5   
CHEM 4750 or BIOL 47014   
 19   
Total Hours: 143

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 11074BIOL 22994BIOL 23014Elective 34
BIOL 11081CHEM 12144BIOL 23021Elective 44
CHEM 12114CHEM 12151Elective 24 
CHEM 12121CHEM 12160  
CHEM 12130ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514MATH 12524  
Elective 14   
BIOC 10001   
 19 17 9 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 23094Co-opCo-opCHEM 23134
CHEM 23114  CHEM 23141
CHEM 23121  Elective 64
PHYS 11513   
PHYS 11521   
PHYS 11531   
Elective 54   
EESC 20001   
 19 0 0 9
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 36114Co-opCo-opBIOL 47074
BIOL 36121  Elective 84
PHYS 11553   
PHYS 11561   
PHYS 11571   
ENGW 33074   
Elective 74   
 18 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
CHEM 34314BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5  
CHEM 34321BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5  
CHEM 46204CHEM 4750 or BIOL 47014  
BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5Elective 104  
Elective 94   
 18 18  
Total Hours: 143

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 11074BIOL 22994BIOL 23014Vacation
BIOL 11081CHEM 12144BIOL 23021 
CHEM 12114CHEM 12151Elective 24 
CHEM 12121CHEM 12160  
CHEM 12130MATH 12524  
MATH 12514ENGW 11114  
Elective 14   
BIOC 10001   
 19 17 9 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 23094CHEM 23134BIOL 36114Co-op
CHEM 23114CHEM 23141BIOL 36121 
CHEM 23121PHYS 11553Elective 64 
PHYS 11513PHYS 11561  
PHYS 11521PHYS 11571  
PHYS 11531Elective 44  
Elective 34Elective 54  
 EESC 20001  
 18 19 9 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opBIOL 47074VacationCo-op
 CHEM 34314  
 CHEM 34321  
 ENGW 33074  
 Elective 74  
 0 17 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCHEM 46204VacationCo-op
 BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5  
 Elective 84  
 Elective 94  
 0 17 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opBIOL or CHEM advanced elective5  
 BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5  
 CHEM 4750 or BIOL 47014  
 Elective 104  
 0 18  
Total Hours: 143

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 11074BIOL 22994BIOL 23014Vacation
BIOL 11081CHEM 12144BIOL 23021 
CHEM 12114CHEM 12151Elective 24 
CHEM 12121CHEM 12160  
CHEM 12130MATH 12524  
MATH 12514ENGW 11114  
Elective 14   
BIOC 10001   
 19 17 9 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 23094Co-opCo-opCHEM 23134
CHEM 23114  CHEM 23141
CHEM 23121  Elective 44
PHYS 11513   
PHYS 11521   
PHYS 11531   
Elective 34   
EESC 20001   
 19 0 0 9
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 36114Co-opCo-opVacation
BIOL 36121   
PHYS 11553   
PHYS 11561   
PHYS 11571   
ENGW 33074   
Elective 54   
 18 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 47074Co-opCo-opVacation
CHEM 34314   
CHEM 34321   
CHEM 46204   
Elective 64   
 17 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5  
BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5CHEM 4750 or BIOL 47014  
Elective 74Elective 94  
Elective 84Elective 104  
 18 17  
Total Hours: 143