Decoding the Building Blocks
The average person has about 36 billion cells and organisms in their body.
Contained within a tiny fraction of this organic material are the DNA, the blueprints and instructions needed to keep the body regulated, from cell division and organ health, to immune system upkeep and respiration.
Our bodies are walking, talking, functioning reminders that relative size has no bearing on importance or relevance, and that some of the most powerful forces in the universe exist at the smallest level.
All life on Earth depends on biochemical reactions and processes such as these, whether it’s the building of complex proteins in your cells or the conversion of energy by photosynthesis in plants. Life is a cycle and network of biochemical activity.
The Northeastern biochemistry program incorporates the fields of physics, biology, chemistry, and mathematics to provide a holistic understanding of the mechanisms of life at every scale.
Integrates molecular biology and biochemistry in the cellular context. Focuses on the organization and function of eukaryotic cells, including the regulation of nuclear structure and gene expression, signal transduction, protein synthesis and growth, cellular energetics, the cytoskeleton and cell motility, cell division, and cell death. Emphasizes the scientific methodologies and approaches that underlie discovery in cell biology.
Focuses on mechanisms of inheritance, gene-genome structure and function, and developmental genetics and evolution. Examples are drawn from the broad spectrum of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Topics and analytical approaches include transmission genetics, molecular biology and gene regulation, DNA molecular methods, quantitative and population genetics, bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics.
Introduces protein chemistry in the context of molecular medicine. Discusses analytical methods used to elucidate the origin, structure, function, and purification of proteins. Surveys the synthesis and chemical properties of structurally and functionally diverse proteins, including globular, membrane, and fibrous proteins. Discusses the role of intra- and intermolecular interactions in determining protein conformation, protein folding, and in their enzymatic activity.
After their sophomore year, undergraduates can take an accelerated path towards earning their masters degree in less time. Learn more about our 22 PlusOne offerings below.
PreMed & PreHealth
Our PreMed and PreHealth Advising program offers personalized expertise to COS students pursuing careers in health careers. This comprehensive program includes application guidance, workshops and presentations, course mapping and more.
Biochemistry research is interdisciplinary by nature, and there’s a broad array of laboratory research opportunities to explore here on campus, as well and nationally and internationally. Learn more about your research options for co-op, summer research, and more!
Magnify your Learning with Co-op
Starting around sophomore year, Northeastern’s unique co-operative education program allows biochemistry students to explore different pathways and potential careers both locally and around the globe. Hear what previous biochemistry students had to say about their experience with the program:
Brian Cortese, Biochemistry’19
“There’s a lot more to it than just learning the bench and the skills, it’s about how to think, it’s about meeting new people, and it’s really all about the mentorship that will help you reach your potential long term.”
Zoe Bishop, Biochemistry Major
“My first co-op PI was on the admissions board for Harvard Medical School– talk about friends in high places! He’s helped me make important decisions, and I’m very thankful for that level of mentorship.”
Kalil Menezes, Biochemistry Major
Co-op took me to Belgium where I spent weekdays in the neuroscience lab and weekends making unforgettable memories with friends.