Undergrad Majors & Minors
Students in the Applied Physics program are expected to focus on areas in which physics concepts inform research and technological innovation in nanotechnology, material science and in the biomedical sciences, where physics is having a growing impact.
Behavioral Neuroscience focuses on the biological basis of behavior. The program combines the disciplines of biology and psychology to appreciate the scope of behavior and then understand how the behavior of humans and animals is controlled by physiological systems.
The biochemistry major 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 coursework that prepares 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.
Biology majors develop a broad understanding of the organization and processes of life, from molecules and cells through organs and organ systems to populations, species, and evolution. This major also allows students to begin to specialize in various exciting sub-disciplines of biology, such as cell biology, molecular biology and genetics, systems biology, animal physiology and zoology, microbiology, and the biological basis of health and disease. The biology major is strong preparation for students planning to apply to graduate school, medical school or other professional degree programs. Reflecting the broad knowledge of biology majors, the bachelor’s degree in biology trains students for employment in a wide range of settings.
Biomedical Physics explores fundamental physical principles relevant for understanding biological phenomena on various scales as well as medical instrumentation and devices. This program offers the option of a pre-med track and partners with Boston-area medical research institutions to offer students a unique interdisciplinary learning experience.
Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell and molecular biology majors gain an in-depth understanding of molecular processes that govern life at the cellular level. They also gain an appreciation of important technologies that have emerged from the elucidation of these processes. Cell and molecular biology is vital to understanding human health and disease, including the discovery of new disease therapies. The cell and molecular biology degree provides strong preparation for graduate training, medical school and other professional degree programs. Students holding the bachelor’s degree enter careers in a wide range of fields, primarily in the biomedical, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical sectors, in academic or commercial settings.
The overall objective of the BS in Chemistry program is to provide the fundamental scientific background and practical training for students as they prepare for chemically related careers or advanced study in fields including the traditional chemical specialties, as well as biochemistry, materials science, forensic science, medicine, education, law, and other endeavors that may draw upon an understanding of the chemical basis of the world around us.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Our Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology degree will provide you with unique experiential learning opportunities that cover the fundamentals of evolution, the ecology of terrestrial and aquatic systems, and the application of these in the pursuit of the conservation, restoration and sustainable development of coupled human-natural systems.
Our Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree is organized for students who want to acquire the scientific background to help solve environmental problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Our program equips you to investigate and develop technical, economic, institutional, behavioral, and conservation-oriented solutions to environmental problems.
Our Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies degree is an interdisciplinary program, drawing from 12 departments, designed to provide a flexible platform for students whose primary interests lie at the intersection of science and environmental policy.
Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. A growing and exciting field, it has links to diverse fields including cognitive psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, computer science, artificial intelligence, sociology, language teaching, anthropology, education, and the law. Linguistics is a key component of the field of cognitive science, the study of the structure and function of human cognitive processes.
The marine biology major provides students with a strong foundation in the biological and marine sciences. In their first two years, students complete their foundational science courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Our students can fulfill their upper-level marine biology requirements either on campus or during our year-long Three Seas Program.
Mathematics is one of mankind’s oldest intellectual pursuits, and has long provided guidance and inspiration for the development of science and technology. In addition to its inherent interest and beauty, mathematics is a rich source of methods for analyzing and solving problems encountered in the physical world. Today, mathematics is a thriving field of research with impact in virtually all fields of human endeavor, including science, business, the arts, and the social sciences.
As a Physics major a student explores the fundamental physical principles that govern natural phenomena ranging in scale from collisions of subatomic particles, to atoms and molecules, to various condensed phases such as solids and liquids, to exploding stars and colliding galaxies.
The Department of Psychology offers a full range of courses in the fundamental science of mind, brain, and behavior, and on topics related to clinical, counseling, and educational psychology. The curriculum explores such questions as how brain function regulates behavior, what constitutes abnormal personality, how individuals work in groups, and how people develop emotionally and cognitively.
Combined majors at Northeastern are unique, blended programs designed to allow you to explore multiple fields, all within one, integrated academic plan. For students wanting to link concepts across disciplinary boundaries, and even across colleges at the university, an integrated combined major allows undergraduates to merge two majors together. A combined major comprises at least nine courses from two single majors, plus one or more integrative “bridge” courses.
Explore Combined Majors in:
- Environmental Geology
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
You can choose a minor to complement your major, or to explore an entirely different area of interest to you. A full list of minors, as well as the curriculum for each minor, is available in the Undergraduate Catalog .