The biochemistry major provides students with the opportunity to understand complex biological events at the molecular level. The B.S. in Biochemistry is sponsored jointly by the Chemistry Department and the Biology Department. The biochemistry major provides a strong foundation in mathematics and physics as well as thorough training in biology and chemistry. Students achieve greater depth in biochemistry than would ordinarily occur for a student majoring in biology or chemistry alone.

In addition to formal class work, opportunities are available for participation in faculty research programs on an individual basis or through the honors program, with faculty from either the Chemistry or Biology Departments. The large number of biotechnology companies and medical facilities in the Boston area provides a rich source of opportunities for experiences through Northeastern’s program of cooperative education.

The B.S. in Biochemistry prepares students to enter a graduate or professional school or to find employment as a biochemist in a wide variety of settings from private corporations to government agencies to universities.

The major consists of four biochemistry courses in addition to required courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Three of the biochemistry courses are lecture courses while the fourth is an intensive laboratory course which emphasizes the study of proteins and nucleic acids.

To learn more about the university-wide requirements, please visit the Registrar’s Website.