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College of Natural Sciences

School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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

  • Kang, Misook, Professor

    - Kyoto Univ., Inorganic Chemistry

    mskang@ynu.ac.kr
  • Kim, Young-Il, Professor

    - The Ohio State Univ., Solid State Chemistry

    yikim@ynu.ac.kr
  • Nahm, Kee Pyung, Professor

    - Michigan State Univ., Organic Chemistry

    kpnahm@yu.ac.kr
  • CHO DAE WON, Professor

    - Pusan National Univ.

    dwcho00@yu.ac.kr
  • Kim, Young Soo, Assistant Professor

    - , Nanochemistry, Plasmonics, Analytical Chemistry

    kimys6553@yu.ac.kr
  • Yoon, Seog Joon, Assistant Professor

    - University of Notre Dame, Physical Chemistry

    yoon@yu.ac.kr
  • Young-Sang Youn, Assistant ProfessorHomepage

    - , Surface physical chemistry

    ysyoun@yu.ac.kr

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Curriculum

Major Of Chemistry

Curriculum
2-1
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
Properties of the chemical reactions and principles in chemical equilibrium in solutions are experimented through qualitative and quantitative analytical chemistry laboratory.
2-1
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I
In this course, principles in the classical analytical chemistry and data treatment are taught utilizing the concepts of the acid-base, precipitation, oxidation-reduction and complex formation which are related to chemical equilibrium.
2-1
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
This subject which covers all elements in the periodic table is divided into two parts I and II, and the main contents of inorganic chemistry I are as follows: periodic table, chemical bonding, reactions of inorganic compounds, acid-base chemistry, nonaqueous solvents, etc.
2-1
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
This course will cover the elementary principles of organic chemistry, including structure, properties, stereochemistry, and reaction of organic compounds. The first sequence of organic chemistry.
2-1
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
Physical ChemistryI deals with chemical phenomenon of macroscopic systems such as equilibrium and dynamic properties using principles and methods of mathematics and physics. Lecture contents are as follows: state of matter, principles of thermodynamics and properties of solutions. chemical equilibrium, electrolyte solutions and electrochemistry, interface thermodynamics, kinetics and mechanics, kinetic theory and chemical dynamics, transport phenomenon and liquid phase kinetics.
2-2
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY Ⅱ
Fundamental theory in electro-analytical chemistry and spectroscopic analysis is taught in this course. Student will be encouraged to apply basic theory to material analysis.
2-2
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY Ⅱ
This subject which covers all elements in the periodic table is divided into two parts I and Ⅱ, and the main contents of inorganic chemistry II are as follows: bonding and reactions in coordination compounds, organometallic, bioinorganic chemistry, etc.
2-2
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
This lecture is for the students who have taken Organic Chemistry I course. Properties and synthesizing methods for organic materials will be taught via selected experiments. Students will practice techniques of identifying organic functional groups and handling glass wares and instruments.
2-2
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY Ⅱ
The second sequence of organic chemistry.
2-2
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY Ⅱ
Physical chemistry which treats the fundamental principles of chemistry is requisite for getting a deep insight into the chemistry. This subject is divided into two parts, I and Ⅱ, and the main contents of physical chemistry Ⅱ are as follows :atomic structure, chemical bonding, group theory, spectroscopy, chemical kinetics, statistical thermo- dynamics, etc.

Major Of Biochemistry

Curriculum
2-1
BIOCHEMISTRY BASIC LABORATORY
Introduction to basic organic laboratory techniques. Synthesis of organic compounds. Separation and analysis of organic compounds using chromatography, TLC, and GC. Preparation of buffer. DNA modeling. Titration of pKa of amino acids.
2-1
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
General concepts in physical chemistry including the basic thermodynamics and quantum chemistry.
2-1
EXPERIMENTAL BIOCHEMISTRY
In this course the principles behind some important experimental methods and instruments which are used frequently in the biochemistry research are discussed. Discussion also involves the uses and manufacturing of some important biochemical buffers.
2-1
NUCLEIC ACID BIOCHEMISTRY
History of DNA. Structures and sequencing methods of nucleic acids. DNA topology. DNA replication. DNA mutation and DNA repair.
2-1
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
This course focuses on structure, manufacturing process, and reaction mechanism in organic compounds classified by functional group. The first sequence of organic chemistry will cover fundamental structure and bonding to organohalides.
2-1
PROTEIN BIOCHEMISTRY
An introduction to structure, dynamics and functions of proteins. Topics include protein structure, methods of protein structure determination and structure-function relationship in hemoglobin and myoglobin.
2-2
ENZYMOLOGY LABORATORY
Experiments for measuring the activities of enzyme and their mechanisms of reactions.
2-2
MICROBIOLOGY
Major topics of this course include cell structures of microorganism. reproduction mechanism, classification and characterization of microorganism, energy and biosynthesis, genetics of microoranism, industrial application of microorganism.
2-2
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY Ⅱ
This course focuses on structure, manufacturing process, and reaction mechanism in organic compounds classified by functional group. The second sequence of organic chemistry will cover alcohol to amines.
2-2
CELLULAR BIOCHEMISTRY
The purpose of this course is to characterize the structure and function of cell organelles. In addition, we will cover the energy metabolism occurred in mitochondria and chloroplasts. The cell signaling mechanism to control the cell physiological activity will be also studied in biochemical aspects.
2-2
ENZYMOLOGY
Structure of enzymes. Methods for separations and purifications of enzymes. Enzyme-reaction kinetics. Coenzymes and metal ions necessary for enzyme activities. Mechanism of enzyme reaction. Enzyme specificities. Enzymatic regulations.
2-2
METABOLIC BIOCHEMISTRY I
An introduction to the carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Topics include structure of carbohydrates, glycolysis, citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, glycogen metabolism and fatty acid metabolism.

Contact

Major of Chemistry

  • +82-53-810-2350
  • +82-53-810-4617

Major of Biochemistry

  • +82-53-810-3040
  • +82-53-810-4619