Chemistry and Chemical Biology
The Central Science
Chemistry is the central science charting our path of inquiry, guiding us through our understanding of the world around us and revealing what is possible.
Life-changing discoveries of chemistry past have enabled the modern world by impacting everything from food production to medicine.
As new generations of chemists harness the nature of matter, their discoveries will improve our health, our environment, and our lives. The impact of CRISPR and gene editing on novel medicines, the directed evolution of enzymes and protein design on life-saving vaccines, and the development of renewable energy sources, such as lithium ion batteries, on the preservation of our environment represent just a fraction of the possibilities.
The College of Science chemistry program, through stimulating and supportive real-world preparation and research, will help you navigate your own path to discovery and pursue a meaningful career in any field.
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