The Biological Science major was established in 1976 with the aim of fostering talented biologists, equipped with a broad science background and exceptional practical skills, to contribute to the various fields of life science. Much altered since its humble beginnings of a lone faculty member and a small group of undergraduates, the life science major currently consists of 12 faculty members actively engaged in research on a wide spectrum of topics and more than 150 enrolled undergraduates. In the 1980s, the life science major began to offer graduate programs leading to the Master of Science degree (1980), and the Doctor of Philosophy degree (1982). The program has continually supported students in attaining their career goals with the latest teaching facilities and state-of-the-art research equipment.
The educational purpose of the life science major is to prepare students to function as productive members of the academic and industrial communities by providing an environment that will foster creative minds in life sciences.
In regard to its goals of education, the life science major is in line with the university as well as the founding members’ philosophy, which centers on academic development and the role of education in society.
- To provide an environment in which students understand biological phenomena and develop scientific and creative thought.
- To provide rigorous training in basic areas of life science, preparing students for a wide variety of careers.
- To prepare knowledgeable teachers, who can introduce life science to students, by offering certification for secondary teaching careers.
- To help students appreciate the importance of scientific principles and the dignity of life by supporting introductory biology classes for non-major students.
- To nurture life scientists who can be role models in society.
Courses are offered to meet the needs of students seeking careers in academics and industry by providing ‘hands-on’ experience as well as a broad science background.
Students who seek a B.S. degree in the life science major are recommended to take all courses in basic fields of biological sciences for the first two years. Curricula are then sub-divided into three tracks; Cell and molecular biology track, Physiology and biochemistry track, and Biodiversity track. In addition to courses offered by the life science major, students are encouraged to take courses offered by other departments such as medicine, biotechnology, environmental engineering, food and nutrition to expand their body of knowledge in science.
- Basic fields : Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Cytology, Plant Morphogenesis, Plant Physiology, Animal Physiology
- Molecular biology : Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Molecular Biology, Genomics, Bioinformatics
- Environmental biology : Plant Systematics, Animal Systematics, Ecology
- Intensive fields : Embryology, Evolutionary Biology, Neurobiology, Immunology
Vision after Graduation
Like a prairie fire, life science graduates have advanced to all professional fields ranging from government to business organizations, research institutes, hospitals, food companies, pharmaceutical companies, and cosmetic companies who need bio-applications. Upon completion of graduate school, these proficient graduate may choose to develop a professional career as a university researcher or within research institutes. Other graduates have opted to join a school as a secondary school teacher and engage themselves in teaching and learning professions.