Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering & Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering & Biochemistry


This combined major from the College of Engineering and College of Science serves students who wish to develop both a scientific and an engineering mindset to solve problems in bioengineering and biochemistry. The program includes fundamentals and electives in the science of biochemistry; a complete and rigorous bioengineering core; and a series of molecular, cellular, and tissue engineering courses that allow for the synthesis of the two. Successful graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science degree and possess the knowledge, skills, and perspective to pursue careers in academia or industry. Furthermore, this curriculum lines up well with the coursework required to pursue medical (or other clinical) school.

Innovative Curriculum

This program has the purpose of giving students a deep understanding of biochemistry while still pursuing a complete engineering degree. We imagine that this degree will be most attractive to three groups of students:

  • students who want an engineering degree but also want sufficient scientific rigor to pursue a career in biochemistry research
  • students who want to study biochemistry but also want to approach biochemistry from an engineering design framework
  • students who want an engineering degree but also want to complete their pre-med requirements with the third group probably being the largest

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 Bioengineering and Biochemistry can select from the PlusOne pathways available for BS in Bioengineering 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.

Program Contacts

Lee Makowski
Lee Makowski
Professor and Chair,  Bioengineering & Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Professor,  Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Affiliated Faculty,  Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Academic Advising

For support with academic questions, contact the academic advisor assigned to this program.

Admissions & Aid

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