Biochemistry, BS

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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
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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
5
BIOL 2299Inquiries in Biological Sciences4
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
5
BIOL 2309Biology Project Lab4
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
5
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
5
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
5
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
5
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.

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
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 94 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

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 11074BIOL 22994Vacation0Vacation0
BIOL 11081CHEM 12144  
CHEM 12114CHEM 12151  
CHEM 12121CHEM 12160  
CHEM 12130ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514MATH 12524  
Elective 4   
BIOC 10001   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 23014BIOL 23094Vacation0Co-op0
BIOL 23021CHEM 23134  
CHEM 23114CHEM 23141  
CHEM 23121PHYS 11513  
Elective4PHYS 11521  
Elective4PHYS 11531  
 EESC 20001  
 Elective4  
 18 19 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0BIOL 36114BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5Co-op0
 BIOL 36121Elective4 
 PHYS 11553  
 PHYS 11561  
 PHYS 11571  
 ENGW 33074  
 BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5  
 0 19 9 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CHEM 34314BIOL or CHEM advanced elective5Co-op0
 CHEM 34321Elective4 
 BIOL 47074  
 CHEM 46204  
 Elective4  
 0 17 9 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0CHEM 4750 or BIOL 47014  
   
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 12  
Total Hours: 139