Biochemistry majors have the opportunity to graduate with Honors in Biochemistry by earning a strong GPA and completing a research thesis under faculty supervision. The student conducts an advanced research project in close collaboration with an approved faculty research advisor who is working in a Biochemistry-related field.

A written research project proposal is prepared by the student. It must be approved by the faculty research advisor and the Biochemistry Program Director or Head Advisor. The research is then conducted over a two-semester period. The research results are presented as a written thesis or as a manuscript for publication and approved by the faculty mentor and by the Biochemistry Program Director or Head Advisor.

Eligibility for Honors in Biochemistry includes:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.6 and junior/senior standing.
  • Completion of at least 8 SH of supervised independent research with a research advisor who is a member of the Northeastern faculty working in a Biochemistry related field. The choice of advisor must be approved by the Biochemistry Program Director or Head Advisor.
  • The 8 SH of research can be completed in any of the following courses: BIOL 4970 Jr/Sr Honors Project 1, BIOL 4971 Jr/Sr Honors Project 2, BIOL 4991 Research, CHEM 4750 (Senior Research), CHEM 4991 (Research), CHEM 4992 or CHEM 4993 (Directed Study).
  • The proposal should outline the project and its aims, the methodology, and the importance of the study. It must be approved by the candidate’s research advisor and by the Biochemistry Program Director or Head Advisor.
  • The results of the study will be presented in the form of a written thesis or manuscript for peer-reviewed publication, and approved by the faculty advisor and the Biochemistry Program Director or Head Advisor.
  • A copy must also be submitted to the Biochemistry Program.

Click here to complete the Honors in the Discipline Intention Form. This form will inform COS Undergraduate Student Services of your intentions to complete the Honors in the Discipline requirements.