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College of Natural Sciences

Department of Life Sciences

Introduction

Life sciences constitute the parts of natural sciences and are involved in the study of living organisms and the related systems.

The Department of Life Sciences hosts six faculty research laboratories working on the areas spanning the breadth of modern biological study areas from taxonomy to cellular, genomic and systems biology, providing broad educational and research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. In our unified and strong education programs, students learn how to integrate and interpret biological phenomena into logical and meaningful decisions. As commonly recognized, deep knowledge of life sciences is becoming critical to further studies for medical or dental courses and to an intelligent evaluation of major environmental and social issues. Students in this department have the choice of a variety of inter-disciplinary streams, co-op programs and laboratory-based research projects with wide options for professional and personal development. We invite you to join us experiencing together new world of life sciences.

History

The Department of Life Sciences opened in 1978 with a total enrollment of 40 undergraduate students at the College of Sciences. Thirty years on, we have updated our education programs and have established many new facilities and research activities as followed.

In 1978, Department of Biology was established at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
In 1980, the department became the member of the College of Natural Sciences.
In 1981, MS degree program was authorized and opened.
In 1981, the biology education program was added to the graduate program.
In 1982, the department had its first B.S. graduates in Biology.
In 1983, PhD degree program was authorized and opened.
In 1984, the department was moved to Biology Hall (Science Building II and III).
In 2010, the department was renamed as ’Dept. of Life Sciences’.

Job Fields

Education: life science educators work with people and encourage them to learn new things, whether in a classroom, a research lab, the field, or a museum, as professors, lecturers, teachers and curators/scientists in museums, zoos, parks and nature centers.

Environmental management and conservation: biologists in environmental management and conservation are interested in solving environmental problems and preserving the natural world for future generations, for examples, park rangers and managers, scientists and administrators in government agencies, wildlife and marine biologists, and naturalists.

Research: biologists apply scientific principles to develop and enhance products, tools, and technological advances in fields such as agriculture, food science, and medicine, for examples, biotechnologists, forensic scientists, toxicologists, medical technicians, and biostatisticians.

New directions in biological careers: There are many careers for biologists who want to combine their scientific training with interests in other fields, for examples, medical doctors, dentists, veterinarians, pharmacists, science writers (journalists), and programmers (specially with bioinformatics).

Faculty

※ sorted by the position and Korean name

Curriculum

Curriculum
1-1
BASIC PHYSICS
This course is intended for a conceptual course in inductory physics for students majoring in fields other than science, mathematics or engineering. The main objective of this course is to provide non-science-oriented students with a clear and logical presentation of some of the basic concepts and principles of physics in appropriate language.
1-1
PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH
The aim of the course is to help students develop basic English verbal skills in real life situations. The course will be co-taught by Korean and Native English instructors. Korean instructors will provide students with basic English structure, vocabulary, and expressions, and students will be encouraged to practice speaking English utilizing basic English structures. Students will further practice expressing themselves in English with native English instructors.
1-1
PRACTICAL CHINESE(I)
This course is for students just beginning to learn Chinese. The most difficult aspect of learning Chinese is pronunciation. So, first of all, in this course students will learn how to pronounce Chinese correctly. Then, through topics of daily life conversation, students will learn the basic communication skills Chinese as well as basic grammar.
1-1
SEMINAR FOR ACADEMIC LIFE
1. Summary of the course This course is to assist university freshmen in CRM designing to adapt university life well through the instruction and counselling of supervising professor. (This course is composed of self analysis, personality type test, career research, instruction for the success of university life, career plan and direction setting, CRM designing method and CRM designing. The course should be teaching in classes of the students by supervising professor.) 2. Course objectives This course is to motivate the students before the mid term exam and provide students with self analysis, personality type test (MBTI or TCI) and career research (YAT test). Also, this course shall has a plan to instruct the students to enhance the efficiency of university life through career and time management. In addition, this course is to make a chance for the students to have practical assistance to university life by providing study method, report designing strategy and the information on academic system and various kinds of internal programs of the university. After the mid term exam, the students will be instructed to set the direction of career designing through continuous counselling of supervising professor and the students will be able to establish CRM designing and execution plan.
1-1
LIFE SCIENCE LABORATORY (1)
This course provides biology and other science majors their first experience in the laboratory to offer students with critical thinking skills and to help students design and execute original experiments based on the working knowledge of topics in cell biology, genetics and evolution.
1-1
LIFE SCIENCE (1)
In this course, students learn the topics of cell biology, structure, and function, reproduction, genetics, physiology, development, diversity, evolution, and ecology. This is an introductory course designed for students who plan to take further coursework in the life sciences, including biology majors and minors, premedical students, wildlife majors, and others. The ultimate aims are to offer students with a working knowledge and an understanding of (1) the chemical basis of life, (2) how energy is harvested, used and transformed in cells, (3) basic patterns of inheritance and modern biotechnology protocols, and (4) the principle of evolution and the origin of species.
1-1
GENERAL CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENT(I)
This is a laboratory course for the General Chemistry (1). Experience of the laboratory increases the ability of the application of the chemistry.
1-1
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
The General Chemistry(I) introduces the basic concepts of the properties, constitution, structure and the reaction of matters, which is essential in modern chemistry, physics, biology and engineering.
1-2
GENERAL CHEMISTRY Ⅱ
Continuation of General Chemistry(I) and a terminal sequence in chemistry for students requiring two courses in chemistry ; theories of acids and bases, ionic equilibrium, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, covalent bonds, metals and coordination chemistry, fundamentals of organic chemistry.
1-2
CONVERGENCE- AND INTEGRATION-BASED THINKING AND WRITING
The ability of analyzing and solving problems is emphasized as one of the conditions for survival in the 21st century and one of the core elements of creative capabilities. This course was designed to cultivate convergence- and integration-based creative capabilities, which are integrated problem-solving capabilities to collect, analyze and process knowledge and information by reinforcing the ability of analyzing and solving problems, recreate it in a synthetic fashion, and express it effectively through speech and writing. The course will help the students cultivate their synesthesia thinking and communication skills based on sympathy with other human beings, understanding of the community, and positivity or Gongseong that is sought after by Yeungnam University. Its ultimate goals are to promote the students' creative knowledge development and reinforce their writing capabilities consistently through "convergence- and integration-based thinking and writing as a problem-solving approach."
1-2
PRACTICAL CHINESE(II)
This course is for students who successfully completed Practical Chinese(I). Students should be aware of basic Chines grammar and can speak a little Chinese. This course will focus on a little more advanced grammar and expressions. Utilizing a variety of common everyday situations, students will practice what they have learned in Practical Chinese (I)
1-2
ACADEMIC ENGLISH
The aim of the course is to help students increase their fluency and accuracy in English. The course will be co-taught by Korean and Native English instructors. Korean instructors will provide students with an opportunity to practice English structure, vocabulary, and expressions, and students will be encouraged to enhance their verbal skills by actively participating in classroom activities. Students will further practice expressing themselves in English with native English instructors.
1-2
LIFE SCIENCE LABORATORY (2)
This course provides biology and other science majors their first experience in the laboratory to offer students with critical thinking skills and to help students design and execute original experiments based on the working knowledge of topics in animal and plant physiology, biodiversity and ecology.
1-2
LIFE SCIENCE (2)
In this course, students learn the topics of cell biology, structure, and function, reproduction, genetics, physiology, development, diversity, evolution, and ecology. This is an introductory course designed for students who plan to take further coursework in the life sciences, including biology majors and minors, premedical students, wildlife majors, and others. The ultimate aims are to offer students with a working knowledge and an understanding of (1) the evolution of biological diversity, (2) chemical and physical processes in animals, (3) chemical and physical processes in plants, and (4) ecological principles and their application to human impacts on the environment.
1-2
GENERAL CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENT(Ⅱ)
This is a laboratory course for the General Chemistry (2). Experience of the laboratory increases the ability of the application of the chemistry.

Contact

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