Biochemistry spans the entire spectrum of science from physics and chemistry to biology and medicine. The biochemistry major provides a strong foundation in the physical sciences as well as thorough training in biochemistry, biology, and chemistry. In addition to formal classwork, opportunities are available to participate in faculty research on an individual basis or through the honors program. The many biotechnology companies and biomedical facilities in the Boston area provide a rich source of opportunities through Northeastern’s program of cooperative education.
A B.S. in Biochemistry allows students to enter the job market directly or go on to graduate, medical, veterinary, dental, law, or business school. Students may find positions in biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, or government agencies, working in laboratory or clinical research, quality control, production, information systems, marketing, or technical sales. Students may also pursue graduate study in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, biophysics, genetics, toxicology, biotechnology, clinical chemistry, animal science, nutrition, plant science, or other biomedical sciences.
Students who are interested in attending medical, dental, or veterinary school following graduation are urged to consult with the preprofessional advisory committee early in their careers at Northeastern.
Experiential education should be one of the most distinctive aspects of a student career at Northeastern. Experiential education encompasses traditional NU opportunities such as co-op, as well as academic internships, study abroad, community service, field work, research collaborations with faculty, student-directed projects, and leadership of student organizations. Experiential education combines the important components of practical training and reflection to help students understand the relationship between their studies and their careers, between living and learning. Most students participate in more than one experiential activity by the time they graduate.