Academics

College of Natural Sciences

Major

  • Major of Chemistry
  • Major of Biochemistry

Introduction

In order to improve the health and quality of life of humankind, the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry opened curricula in not only the basic chemical and biochemical sectors, but also in application fields. It focuses on raising basic understanding through experiments/lab work and to raise the applicability of chemistry and biochemistry to foster creative abilities that can be applied directly in the field.

The aim is to foster scientists who understand the properties, composition, structure and reaction of matter and the ability to apply them. Education is provided so that students can actively work in not only the basic chemistry and biochemistry sectors, but also the pharmaceutical, electronic, nano and bio materials development sectors.

For this, the curriculum is organized of theories and lab work on basics such as inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry, as well as organic/inorganic material chemistry, polymer chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, physiology, immunology, genetic engineering, and pharmaceutical chemistry, as well as industry-cooperation education programs that include field work and creative design experiments to help with employment activities.

Chemistry and biochemistry is applied widely in fields such as engineering, pharmacology, and medicine, and it provides the driving force for technological innovation in the 21st century for a better life.

At the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, professors and students are working hard on research and education to foster excellent scholars that can work in the global arena.

Academic scholarships, labor scholarships, alumni scholarships, and a wide array of outside scholarships are offered to students.
Graduates are actively working in various fields such as precision chemistry, cosmetics, bio-industry, energy, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, materials, and IT, and a number of graduates go on to graduate school to receive education to further deepen their expertise and to go on to conduct research at universities, and public and corporate research centers.

Major of Chemistry

Chemistry is a branch of natural sciences that deals with the properties, composition, structure and changes of matter.

In particular, chemistry is an experiment-based science that provides basic knowledge for natural science and engineering discipline through studies of the structure of molecules, the synthesis of novel organic and inorganic compounds, and separation of complex mixtures and analysis of matter. In addition, through interdisciplinary studies in these subjects, it plays a pivotal role in the development of creative and productive technologies.

The goal of this department is sub-divided as shown below, based on the education mission presented by our university for 'Creative human education based on a spirit of patriotism'.

First, it provides education to help students understand natural principles and observe things with creative attitude, and human education for logical thinking abilities and rational comprehensive abilities.

Second, by studying theories and experiments on natural science, students will equip with creative and proprietary problem solving skills in order to become the driving force in creative academic activities.

Third, it fosters leading manpower with ability to actively resolve the general issues in the rapidly changing modern society through scientific thinking based on the understanding of natural phenomena through laboratory work of applying basic principles of chemistry.

Fourth, chemistry is a basic discipline in natural science that fosters manpower in high-tech science by acquiring a wide range of knowledge on basic science.

Fifth, it fosters manpower that can work for industries based on their chemical knowledge.

Sixth, it provides education that can adapt to actual production by acquiring chemistry theories via laboratory exercises.

Major of Biochemistry

Biochemistry is a field of study that focuses on the understanding of life phenomena at the molecular level trying to find out the answers to the fundamental questions such as ‘what kind of chemicals is an organism composed of ?’, ‘what kind of chemical reactions occur within the cells ?’, ‘how do they overall affect the life itself ?’, etc. Since the discovery of DNA double helix structure by Watson and Crick in 1953, biochemistry and its most prominent applied field, genetic engineering, have made an amazing advancement, letting this field receive an unprecedented spotlight.

The researches in biochemistry and its related fields, such as the Human Genome Project, have not only paved a way to the better understanding on almost everything about our body, but also shed a light on the development of more accurate and prompt diagnosis and treatment of cancers, AIDS, and various hereditary diseases.

The results of these basic researches and their application in biotechnology and genetic engineering will also play a pivotal role in solving many issues in agriculture, energy, and environment that we are facing these days.

History

  • Established and authorized in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry (30 new students)
  • Graduated first batch of graduates from the Department of Chemistry
  • Authorized to establish master's degree course at the Department of Chemistry Graduate School
  • Department of Chemistry research lab and experiment lab moved from the basic science hall to science hall 1
  • Installation of PhD program for Department of Chemistry Graduate School, undergraduate quota increased to 80 students
  • Moved to College of Sciences
  • Installed Chemical Education major in the College of Education and increased student quota to 104
  • Newly established and authorized Department of Biochemistry in the College of Science
  • Recruited first new students for the Department of Biochemistry (40)
  • Authorization to establish master's degree program in the Department of Biochemistry Graduate School
  • Changed name and affiliation of Department of Biochemistry - integrated to the Department of Bioengineering (Molecular life science major)
  • Carried out international chemistry olympiads at the Department of Chemistry experiment lab
  • Selected as pharmaceutical/precision chemistry specialization project team in the regional university specialization project (CK-1), Integrated undergraduate department (changed name to School of Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Job Fields

Major of Chemistry
  • Advanced studies or graduate studies : Korean and foreign graduate schools
  • Government research centers: Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute
  • Government Institutions: Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Health and Welfare, National Institute of Scientific Investigation, Korea Intellectual Property Office, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Businesses: Research centers at conglomerates and university hospitals
  • Teaching profession: Professors, Primary and secondary school teacher (chemistry, science)
Major of Biochemistry

As bioindustry has a great outlook for the coming years and biochemistry is the core discipline underlying most of these bioindustries, lots of opportunities for the employment and career in various basic and applied biofields are available and more jobs will be created in the future. Government research centers, pharmaceutical companies, food companies, cosmetics companies, hospitals, biotechnology companies, and medical institutes are just some of the prospective workplaces where students can work after graduation.
Students can also continue their study at the graduate school, medical school, dental school or pharmacy school. Their ultimate goals could be professors, researchers, medical or pharmacy doctors.

Faculty

sorted by the position and Korean name

Curriculum

Major Of Chemistry
  • 3-1,2
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    3- 1
    INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY
    A study of chemical principles involved in the production of important chemical products. The course is organized around the major segments of the chemical industry. Economic and engineering aspects of the chemical industry are presented. Includes a field trip to visit chemical industries in the region. Also includes lectures from invited specialists from industries.
    3- 1
    SCIENCE EDUCATION
    This lecture deals with the fundamental concept of sciences, including chemistry, physics and biology which is necessary for science education in secondary schools. The topic of this course consists of the object of science education, historical background, method in teaching, usage of experiment and analysis of the content of science in secondary school.
    3- 1
    COORDINATION CHEMISTRY
    This subject deals with the concepts of general principles, such as the structures and the reactivities of coordination compounds. Also, it deals with bond theory, such as V.B.T(valence bond theory), C.F.T(crystal field theory), and M.O.T(molecular orbital theory), and syntheses and stabilities of transition metal complexes.
    3- 1
    INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
    Purification of solvents, properties of Acids and Bases, synthesis of Inorganic compounds, structure, reactivity, and applications by means of spectroscopy.
    3- 1
    INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS I
    Principles, instrumentations and applications of various atomic spectroscopic analytical methods such as atomic absorption/fluorescence/emission spectrophotometry, X-ray spectrometry, ESCA and Auger electron spectrometry, and thermal method, radiochemical method and various forms of electro-analytical methods will be discussed.
    3- 1
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY III
    A terminal sequence of organic chemistry.
    3- 1
    QUANTUM CHEMISTRY
    Structure of the material is discussed at the molecular level based on the quantum mechanics. Rotational and vibrational spectrum as well as electronic transition and magnetic properties of the molecule are discussed to understand the structure of the material.
    3- 2
    CHEMISTRY FIELD WORK I
    The objective of this course is designed for the students in the major of chemistry to achieve both the practical knowledge and the experience in the related job fields.
    3- 2
    INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS II
    Principles, instrumentations and applications of various atomic spectroscopic analytical methods such as atomic absorption/fluorescence/emission spectrophotometry, X-ray spectrometry, ESCA and Auger electron spectrometry, scanning electron/scanning probe/atomic force microscopy, thermal method, and various forms of electro-analytical methods will be discussed.
    3- 2
    PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIC SYNTHESIS
    An introduction to the art and craft of modern organic synthesis. Topics will cover methods for introduction and modification of functional groups, formation and cleavages of bonds, selection and use of protecting groups, control of stereochemistry, design and use of selective reagents, and semi-multistage synthesis.
    3- 2
    RESEARCH AND TEACHING IN SCIENCE EDUCATION
    The course, research and teaching in Science education, is for learning the efficient education method for middle and high school science by investigation of class process and teaching methods with analyses of science textbook and assessment methods
    3- 2
    SOLID STATE INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
    Functional materials play key roles in the advancements of modern technologies. This class introduces the solid state inorganic materials that have provided numerous examples of useful electronic, optical, catalytic, magnetic properties. General aspects of the structure-property relationships will be discussed using representative examples.
    3- 2
    LABORATORY IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
    It is never excessive to emphasize the importance of the experiment in chemistry. In Laboratory in Physical Chemistry, the concepts in Physical Chemistry (1) and (II) will be comprehended by experimenting them, and trained to organize what were found through experiment.
    3- 2
    MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY
    The most representative method to connect micro and macro system in chemistry is spectroscopies. In this course, applying the theory of interaction between materials and electromagnetic field as well as that of the molecular symmetry, the structure and change of material will be dealt with. Based on this understanding, principles of various spectroscopic techniques, which includes vibration and rotation spectroscopy, electric spectroscopy, and nuclear and electron magnetism are treated.
    3- 2
    ORGANIC STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
    Structural determination of organic compounds and the biological reaction are two major topics in the lecture. At the structural determination, the basic spectroscopic method and the analysis of the spectrum will be introduced. Main spectroscopies are NMR, IR and MS and the students will analyze and identify the molecular structures from the spectroscopic data. At the biological reaction part, the organic reactions and their in vitro reactions are compared and their differences will be discussed. The complexes of organic drugs and enzymes or nucleotides or carbohydrates and their metabolic reactions will be introduced.
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    4- 1
    CHEMICAL DYNAMICS
    This course deals with the practical application of quantum physical chemistry in energy, environment, bio, electronics and chemical industry etc, including the basic concepts of quantum physical chemistry.
    4- 1
    CHEMINFORMATICS
    We can easily access to the computational chemistry and cheminformatics via recent computer technique theoretically, graphically. With computers, internet information, calculation of chemical structures and properties, and simulation experiment can be performed in the class.
    4- 1
    CHEMISTRY FIELD WORK Ⅱ
    The objective of this course is designed for the students in the major of chemistry to achieve both the practical knowledge and the experience in the related job fields.
    4- 1
    CREATIVE LABORATORYⅠ(CAPSTONE DESIGN)
    Students will obtain creative and independent research capability by performing teamwork experiments which combine theoretical knowledges learned from lectures in subdivisions of chemistry.
    4- 1
    INTRODUCTION TO ELECTROCHEMISTRY
    This course covers the basic concept of electrochemistry, which is the studying for interrelation between electricity and chemical energy, and introduces various application that based on the electrochemistry. In this course, we will deal with electrochemistry principles, electrochemical cell, electroysis, photo-induced electrochemistry, and their applications.
    4- 1
    SCIENTIFIC REASONING AND ESSAY
    The general purpose of this course is to introduce definition and methodology of logical reasoning including arguments, explanations, deductive and inductive reasoning, common fallacies in scientific reasoning, and hypotheses. A unique feature of the course is the study of pseudo science. This course also emphasizes exercise of essays on the various scientific topics and phenomena. Students learn some of the most effective methods of inquiry, analysis, and criticism in the fields of the natural sciences by essay writing.
    4- 1
    SURFACE PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
    This course is aimed the introduction of the physicochemical properties of semiconductor and metal surfaces needed for the development of semiconductor devices and catalysts in modern society. In this course, in order to understand the surface phenomena of solid materials widely used in modern industrial society, the structure and properties of semiconductor and metal surfaces will be physicochemically discussed in detail. In addition, the basic concepts of various surface science techniques, which are frequently used in the industry, will be addressed.
    4- 2
    BIOORGANIC CHEMISTRY
    This course gives the ability to analyze and accurately predict the response of the biological phenomena, as the main goal the ability to understand the mechanism of an organic chemical reaction, for large biological macromolecules. In addition, identifying the action to induce the chemical basis for understanding the principles and to them at the molecular level to the cellular level life processes. In this course synthesises, chemical and biochemical properties and sturctural elucidation of bioactive organic compounds will be discused.
    4- 2
    CREATIVE LABORATORYⅡ(CAPSTONE DESIGN)
    Students will obtain creative and independent research capability by performing teamwork experiments which combine theoretical knowledges learned from lectures in subdivisions of chemistry.
    4- 2
    METHODOLOGIES IN SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY
    This course is aimed at the introduction of various methodologies in solid state syntheses. To begin with, the conventional solid-state high-temperature ceramic method will be studied in depth focusing on the control parameters, followed by specialized methods employing high-pressure, electrochemical, sol-gel, and microwave. In addition, basic characterization methods such as thermal analysis, crystal structure analysis, absorption spectroscopy will be covered.
    4- 2
    ORGANIC MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
    In this lecture, various kinds of organic molecules that are utilized in the area of organo-electronic materials will be introduced by looking over molecule’s properties, synthetic strategies, and their practical application. Especially, organic light emitting diode (OLED), organic photovoltaic (OPV), and supramolecular chemistry, which are very common in recent material chemistry field will be mainly discussed based upon their physical/chemical properties.
    4- 2
    PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS
    In this course, we will deal with the basic concepts of physical chemistry; the underlying foundation of advanced modern science and technology, from their births, as well as the lives, anecdotes and historical achievements of many famous scientists. Students will be much more familiar with physical chemistry by learning the historical maps.
    4- 2
    POLYMER CHEMISTRY
    The student will understand chain growth and step growth polymerization mechanisms, kinetics and characteristics. This will mainly deal with radical and condensation polymerization. The student should understand the property differences and methods of preparation of thermoplastics, thermosets, and composites, as well as understand and be able to predict basic structure-property relationships. The student should also be able to relate structure/property relationships with structure processing relationships, including differences between thermoplastics and thermosets. In addition this course will introduce the student to the professional literature, including reading some basic papers and discussing them in class so the student can relate the course content to current applications.
    4- 2
    ADVANCED FINE CHEMICAL DESIGN & SYNTHESIS
    Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a term that is recognized worldwide for the control and management of manufacturing and quality control testing of foods, pharmaceutical products and medical devices. These requirements concern methods, equipment or testing, which are used for the production, processing, packaging and / or storage of drugs. This ensures that medicine products fulfil the necessary quality criteria. At the same time the GMP regulations have an increasing influence on suppliers of the pharmaceutical industry.
Major Of Biochemistry
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    3- 1
    BIOPOLYMERS LABORATORY
    Techniques for isolation and analysis of macromolecules such as protein and nucleid acid, carbohydrates in the body.
    3- 1
    DISEASES AND ANTIBIOTICS
    Microbial infection and diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, and virus. The nature of host defense. Industrial microbiology.
    3- 1
    INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS
    Principle and application of UV/VIS, IR, NMR, Mass spectroscopy. Comprehensive analysis and interpretation of data.
    3- 1
    METABOLIC BIOCHEMISTRY II
    Amino acid degradation. Biosynthesis of membrane lipids and steroid hormones. Biosynthesis of amino acids and heme.
    3- 1
    MOLECULAR BIOLOGY I
    This course focuses on the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of some of the most fundamental concepts in molecular biology, including the transcription, and genetic recombination. The control mechanisms in eucaryotic gene expression system are also discussed.
    3- 1
    PROTEIN BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY
    The purpose of this course is to practice various biochemical techniques to observe the physico-chemical properties of amino acids. We will also practice the protein isolation methods, including SDS-PAGE and ion exchange chromatography, using animal tissue and cultured cells as row material. Other experimental methods for both identification and quantitative analysis of protein will be also studied.
    3- 1
    PHYSICAL BIOCHEMISTRY
    The principles of physical chemistry involved in biological processes with emphasis on ionization of cellular molecules, energetics and kinetics of enzyme catalyzed reactions.
    3- 2
    ADVANCED FINE CHEMICAL SYNTHESIS LABORATORY
    Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a term that is recognized worldwide for the control and management of manufacturing and quality control testing of foods, pharmaceutical products and medical devices. These requirements concern methods, equipment or testing, which are used for the production, processing, packaging and / or storage of drugs. This ensures that medicine products fulfil the necessary quality criteria. At the same time the GMP regulations have an increasing influence on suppliers of the pharmaceutical industry.
    3- 2
    ANALYTICAL BIOCHEMISTRY
    An introduction to the principles and methods of the analytical chemistry for the identification and separation of cellular molecules with emphasis on chromatographic separation of low molecular weight biomolecules.
    3- 2
    BIOCHEMISTRY FIELD TRAINING
    This course is a demander-centered education program reflecting the changes of knowledges and technologies required in the field by connecting school and industry.
    3- 2
    CAPSTONE DESIGN RESEARCH(BIOCHEMISTRY)
    This course is oriented to develop and increase the research capacity of the juniors or seniors in the Molecular Life Science major. In this course students are subjected to design and carry out a research project, by applying some basic theories and experimental methods. An intimate relationship between the students and the advising professor will be held on analyzing experimental data and performing further experiments.
    3- 2
    GENETIC ENGINEERING LAB
    The goal of this lab course is to provide students with the opportunity to understand and practice some fundamental steps and techniques which are most commonly used in genetic engineering research. Some of important experiments included in this course are: 1. Culturing bacteria 2. Bacterial transformation 3. Isolation and purification of plasmid DNA 4. Cutting vector DNA and insert DNA by restriction enzymes followed by agarose gel electrophoresis 5. Covalent ligation of two different DNA molecules by DNA ligase 6. Screening and selection of appropriately ligated DNA molecules by restriction enzyme mapping 7. in vitro DNA amplification by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
    3- 2
    HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
    Importance of homeostasis. Cellar communication (signal transduction) at the molecular level. Mechanism of physiological functions of endocrine, muscle, nerve and reproduction systems of human body.
    3- 2
    IMMUNOCHEMISTRY
    The main purpose of this course is to understand the biological immune system under aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology. In particular, we will study on the production of antibody, antigen-antibody interaction, and the mechanism of hypersensitive immune responses. This course also focuses on the various diseases related with abnormal immune responses.
    3- 2
    MOLECULAR BIOLOGY II
    This course deals with the molecular biology of higher eukaryotic system with the emphasis on the chromosome structure, regulation of gene expression and its relationship to development, and the protein biosynthesis and targeting mechanism.
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    4- 1
    ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY I
    The major theories contributing to the development of biochemistry are selected and interpreted. The correlations of the theories with the special fields in general biochemistry are discussed.
    4- 1
    BIOCHEMISTRY FIELD TRAINING
    This course is a demander-centered education program reflecting the changes of knowledges and technologies required in the field by connecting school and industry.
    4- 1
    CANCER BIOLOGY
    This course is oriented to develop and increase the research capacity of the juniors or seniors in the Molecular Life Science major. In this course students are subjected to design and carry out a research project, by applying some basic theories and experimental methods. An intimate relationship between the students and the advising professor will be held on analyzing experimental data and performing further experiments.
    4- 1
    CAPSTONE DESIGN RESEARCH(BIOCHEMISTRY)
    This course is oriented to develop and increase the research capacity of the juniors or seniors in the Molecular Life Science major. In this course students are subjected to design and carry out a research project, by applying some basic theories and experimental methods. An intimate relationship between the students and the advising professor will be held on analyzing experimental data and performing further experiments.
    4- 1
    CREATIVE EXPERIMENT
    This course is oriented to develop and increase individual research capacity. During the course, students are subjected to learn some important theories and experimental methods regarding Basic Science. Unlimited discussion will be held on analyzing experimental data and preparing a scientific paper between students and his(her) research advisor.
    4- 1
    GENETICS
    Genetics, a discipline of biology, is the science of heredity, variation in living organisms, expression of DNA and effect of environment. This may sub-classified by cellular genetics, human genetics, physiological genetics and molecular genetics that is fused with recent molecular biology. This lecture will study from ancient genetics introduced by "mendel" to the most recent genetic engineering based technology which leads 21st current biology.
    4- 2
    ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY II
    Special seminars on signal transduction, functions and components of cell, energetics, metabolism, protein, nucleic acid biotechnology technique, cancer and AIDS.
    4- 2
    BIOCHEMISTRY SEMINAR
    Seminar of special topics on biochemistry (genetic manipulation technique, signal transduction, organization and components of cell, metabolism, macromolecules, biotechnology technique, cancer and AIDS).
    4- 2
    GENETIC ENGINEERING
    This course puts its focus on understanding and reviewing of the principles and applications of various genetic manipulation techniques which have been developed for medical, agricultural and industrial purpose. Through this course students will understand the power of genetic engineering and its unlimited potential contributions to the human society. Some negative aspects of gene manipulations, especially from religious and ethical points view, are also discussed.

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Major of Chemistry
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