College of Natural Sciences


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.


  • 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.


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Department Of Chemistry
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    Calculus(1) covers the following: Sequences, limits and continuity of functions of single variable, derivatives, properties of derivatives, differentiation rules, higher order derivatives, applications of derivatives, definite integrals, indefinite integrals, properties of integrals, integration rules, applications of integrals, infinite series power series.
    1- 1
    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
    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- 1
    This course is designed to introduce the basic experiments in general physics. This course includes physical experiments related to classical mechanics ; Projectile Motion, Free Fall, Borda's Pendulum, Air Track, Resonance Tube App, force Table, Centripetal Force, Torsional Rigidity Pendulum
    1- 1
    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
    This course is to cultivate community sense as members of society and the global village for students in order to develop the basic knowledge required as global citizens. Especially, this course is to foster the spirit of cooperation, sharing, service, and creativity and study the social contribution and leadership to solving the challenges the global community faces. As a liberal arts course, it is centered to nurture a leader having the global capability to contribute to community development through learning the knowledge and the case on the value & logic of social responsibility focused on environmental preservation, social contribution, and good governance(ESG). This course aims to foster a generous mind, learn knowledge and technology and build the capacity to contribute to building a society towards a safer and happier world through the study of theory and practice.
    1- 1
    Software and AI (Artificial Intelligence) course aims to educate the basic concepts of software and computational thinking to use them in various applications. It allows students of various majors to experience the core technologies of the 4th industrial revolution, such as big data, machine learning, and AI. It also introduces various applications of AI so that students can easily apply these technologies to their field of study. This course classifies the lecture types into three categories, and adjust the lecture difficulty according to the student's academic ability.
    1- 2
    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
    This is a laboratory course for the General Chemistry (2). Experience of the laboratory increases the ability of the application of the chemistry.
    1- 2
    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
    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.
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    The main objective of this lecture is to understand the structure and biosynthesis of biological macromolecules such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
    2- 1
    This main objective of this lecture is to understand the structure and biological functions of genetic materials including DNA and RNA at the molecular level.
    2- 1
    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
    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
    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 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- 1
    Properties of the chemical reactions and principles in chemical equilibrium in solutions are experimented through qualitative and quantitative analytical chemistry laboratory.
    2- 2
    In this lecture, the students learn the cell structure and function to widely understand the chemical signaling molecule-based cell signaling pathway and cell differentiation.
    2- 2
    The main objective of this lecture is to understand the characteristics, kinetics, chemical reactions, and regulation of enzymes as a biocatalyst.
    2- 2
    The main objective of this lecture is to understand the intracellular metabolism and biological energy synthesis and circulation of three major nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
    2- 2
    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
    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.
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    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
    The second sequence of organic chemistry.
    2- 2
    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.
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    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
    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
    The principles of physical chemistry involved in biological processes with emphasis on ionization of cellular molecules, energetics and kinetics of enzyme catalyzed reactions.
    3- 1
    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- 1
    The main objective of this lecture is to familiarize the students with the basic concepts, principles, and mechanisms of various bio-macromolecules (i.e., nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids) at the molecular level.
    3- 1
    Purification of solvents, properties of Acids and Bases, synthesis of Inorganic compounds, structure, reactivity, and applications by means of spectroscopy.
    3- 1
    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
    A terminal sequence of organic chemistry.
    3- 2
    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 biomoleculs.
    3- 2
    The objective of this course is designed for the students in the major of chemistry, biochemistry to achieve both the practical knowledge and the experience in the related jab fields.
    3- 2
    The main objective of this lecture is to understand the immune systems in the body, including pathogen infection, various immune cells such as T, B, and NK cells, immune response, and autoimmune diseases
    3- 2
    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
    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
    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.
    3- 2
    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
    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
    This course lectures on metabolism and its regulation in vivo.
    3- 2
    We perform experiments related to biomolecules such as genes and proteins, including gene recombination, protein expression, and protein purification.
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    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.
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    4- 1
    This course lectures on the chemical structure and function of major biomolecules that make up living organisms, and the characteristics of enzyme reactions.
    4- 1
    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
    The objective of this course is designed for the students in the major of chemistry, biochemistry to achieve both the practical knowledge and the experience in the related job fields.
    4- 1
    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
    The main objective of this lecture is to understand the central dogma in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, including genetic replication, transcription, translation, and intracellular regulation.
    4- 1
    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
    The main objective of this lecture is to present a wide variety of the latest topics and major issues in the current biochemistry and technology based on the basic concepts and principles of biochemistry, so that students can learn and develop the specialized knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and bio-industry.
    4- 1
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.