What will I learn?

This intercollege combined major serves students who would like to explore their interest in biochemistry while earning the benefit of a Bachelor of Science 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.

The chemical engineering program offers students a broad education built on fundamentals in science, mathematics, and engineering, which are then applied to a variety of contemporary problems using modern tools, such as computational software and computer-aided design. Chemical engineers have traditionally been employed in chemical, petrochemical, agricultural chemical, pulp and paper, plastics, cosmetics, and textiles industries and in consulting and design firms. Today, chemical engineers also play an integral role in emerging biological and advanced materials fields, including nanotechnology. For example, chemical engineers are creating new materials needed for space exploration, alternative energy sources, and faster, self-powered computer chips. In biotechnology and bioengineering, chemical engineers are working to understand human diseases, developing new therapies and drug delivery systems, and producing new medicines through cell culture techniques. Chemical engineers employ nanotechnology to revolutionize sensors, security systems, and medical diagnostics and treatments. In addition to creating important products, chemical engineers are also involved in protecting our environment by exploring ways to reduce acid rain and smog; to recycle and reduce wastes; to develop new sources of environmentally clean energy; and to design inherently safe, efficient, and “green” processes. The role of chemical engineering is to develop new products and to design processes while reducing costs, increasing production, and improving the quality and safety of new products.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$54,360.00 per year
USD $27,180 per term

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022


Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue,



02115, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete secondary school graduation equivalent to US high school.

For international students

You are considered a first-time freshman applicant if: You are still in high school; You graduated from high school or earned your GED, but did not enroll in a degree-seeking program at a college or university.

English Language Testing

If you are required to submit English Language Testing, you must submit results from one of the five tests listed below. Your results must be both valid (i.e. no more than 2 years old by the application deadline) and official (i.e. sent directly to Northeastern from the testing agency). The ranges provided below represent the middle 50% score ranges for students who were admitted and enrolled as first-year students in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

185 to 204 on either C1 Advanced (CAE) or C2 Proficiency (CPE)

120 to 130 on the Duolingo English Test (DET)

7.0 to 8.0 on the IELTS Academic

68 to 76 on the PTE Academic

99 to 108 on TOEFL Internet-Based Test (CEEB Code 3667)

Application Deadline: Regular Decision - Jan/01.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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