Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry


This intercollege combined major serves students who would like to explore their interest in biochemistry while earning the benefit of a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in chemical engineering. The program combines the fundamentals of biochemistry with the engineering skills necessary for scale-up of biochemical processes. Successful graduates will be well-qualified to enter the growing biotechnology industry and be able to converse from the chemistry of organisms to the design of vessels for successful synthesis of cells and pharmaceuticals.

Innovative Curriculum

This combined major provides a bridge between engineering practice, the process of devising a system, component, or process to meet desired needs, and biochemistry practice, defining the chemical processes occurring in the wide variety of living systems. Students in the combined major will have the opportunity to engage in decision-making processes (often iterative), in which physical sciences, mathematics, the biochemical sciences and the engineering sciences are applied to processes for optimal conversion of resources. Some of the possible career options for graduates of the combined major are: development of new therapies and drug delivery systems; production of new medicines through cell culture systems; academic and clinical research; regulation and quality control; and, marketing or information systems. It is anticipated that students will enter the job market directly and/or go on to graduate, medical, veterinary, dental, law or business school.

Students have the option of selecting from several minors to complement their degree and personalize their path. Students can select from minors in the department, in other engineering departments, or from across the university.

The Accelerated Master’s Degree PlusOne program allows current undergraduate students to accelerate the attainment of the master’s degree by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current students apply to enroll in the PlusOne program. Students attain their bachelor’s degree followed by a PlusOne year to complete the master’s degree.

Students currently earning a BS in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry can select from the PlusOne pathways available for BS in Chemical Engineering students.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the heart of a Northeastern education, combining rigorous coursework with hands-on experience in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field—locally and abroad. With our signature cooperative education (co-op) program, students typically gain six months of work experience integrated as part of the educational program. Both five-year, three-co-op and four-year, two-co-op program options are available.

Academic Advising

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Admissions & Aid

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