Undergraduate students have many options available to enhance their educational experience with the Biochemistry program.

Co-op (cooperative learning) is a cornerstone of Northeastern University, and has existed as part of the curriculum for more than 100 years. It offers students the opportunity to get real life experience in the career of their choosing while continuing to pursue their undergraduate degree.

Students spend six months at a time on co-op, and typically go on two or three co-ops in four or five years as a student. The experiences for biochemistry students range from working in one of the many hospitals in Boston to working in a research lab at Northeastern or another nearby university to working for a company in another country.

For more information about co-op within the College of Science, visit the COS website.

Co-op employment opportunities are arranged through your co-op advisor. The advisor for biochemistry is:

Chris Egan
206X Mugar Life Sciences Building


Carl PaladCarl Palad

“My first co-op at the Harvard School of Public Health, along with my second co-op at Ensemble Therapeutics, helped me gain valuable experience in research, as I was able to apply what I’ve learned from my biochemistry courses to these great positions.”



Janna Liptak

Janna Liptak

“I have completed two co-ops in the Boston area, at Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals and at Ensemble Therapeutics. Both experiences helped to solidify that a career in biotechnology is right for me, and I decided to continue my education through the Northeastern PlusOne program to receive my master’s degree in biotechnology.”