Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Find Your Element
On the path of scientific discovery, the 118 individual elements of the periodic table help us to chart our navigation; guiding us through our understanding of the world around us and what is possible.
Nitrogen was the center of Carl Bosch and Fritz Haber’s research. Together they developed a new process for fixing the element into fertilizer, which lead to an unprecedented boom in food production and thus the global population.
Marie Curie gave her life by discovering polonium and radium. Through her tireless work and observations, she helped conceive the principles of radioactivity and proved that the atom could be divided.
These discoveries only represent a tiny fraction of chemistry’s past, yet the table still serves as the beacon for chemistry’s future. With it, new science will emerge, like clean renewable energy and life-saving vaccines and antibiotics.
The College of Science chemistry program, through rigorous real-world preparation, research, and nurturing, will help you find your element to chart your own path.
Offers students who wish to work in the geosciences or environmental science and engineering fields, including on the land, in freshwater, or the oceans, an opportunity to understand the geochemical principles that shape the natural and managed environment. Seeks to provide a context for understanding the natural elemental cycles and environmental problems through studies in atmospheric, terrestrial, freshwater, and marine geochemistry.
Traces the development of chemical thermodynamics through the three major laws of thermodymamics. These are applied to thermochemistry, chemical reaction and phase equilibria, and the physical behavior of multicomponent systems. Emphasizes quantitative interpretation of physical measurements.
Offers students majoring in chemistry an opportunity to apply the principles gained in two semesters of organic chemistry and chemical biology to a relevant disciplinary context. The discovery, design, and development of biologically active compounds for medical purposes uses knowledge and techniques gained in both organic synthesis and chemical biology. It directs those skills to incorporate specific chemical features into organic compounds to meet biological criteria. As such, it seeks to develop problem-solving skills that are valuable across a range of chemical disciplines and not confined to synthetic organic chemistry alone.
Keeping it Green
The Northeastern Chemistry department is dedicated to the Green Chemistry Commitment and infuses every aspect of the curriculum with the best sustainability and environmental practices. Find out how these principles enhance and shape students into more responsible scientists 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.
The Properties of Co-Op
Chemistry students will emerge from college into a competitive space. When it comes to landing a highly esteemed role at biopharmaceutical company or major academic medical center, real-world experience will be all the difference.
Northeastern’s signature co-operative experience provides you with the unique opportunity to work in a variety of research settings, giving you the confidence and first-hand knowledge to graduate ready for the next challenge.Learn More About Co-Op