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    Department of Life Sciences

    Cultivate life science talent

    ? Undergraduate Program

    ? 2-year Program

    ? Master Degree Program

    ? In-service Master Program

    ? Ph.D. Degree Program

Development Characteristics

    The goals of establishing the Department of Life Sciences is multidimensional: ; It embodies the government’s policy in developing biotechnology industries in southern Taiwan through collaborations and alliances.

    ; It nurtures today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders with advanced life science stexpertise for the 21 century.

    ; It prepares students with diversified postgraduate options. They could pursue advanced study, build a career in life sciences, or be an entrepreneur for the advancement of life sciences.

The characteristics of the department are as follows:

    ; Collaboration with Southern Taiwan Industries

    In developing courses, the department collaborates with various biotech industries in southern Taiwan, such as the new Kaohsiung Biotech Industrial Park, the southern Taiwan science parks, and others.

    ; Complete and Flexible Course Modules

    The integrated undergraduate and graduate studies at our Department aim to develop research in three major areas: molecular and cellular biology, biotechnology, and bioenvironmental sciences. We offer a wide array of courses to students in a systematic way.

    ; Integration of Curricula, Space, and Resources

    We have a vibrant program of teaching and research, with full-time faculty and joint appointments in the Institute of Biotechnology. In addition, the research facilities and space allocation have been coordinated with the Institute of Biotechnology to achieve the highest level of training for students.


    Our teaching focuses on integrating fundamental and applied life sciences in order to nurture today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders in the field of life sciences.

    Consequently, the four-year continuing course design gives students flexibility and a vast array of course selections. It provides fundamental life sciences, mathematics, chemistry, and physics, as well as specialized biotechnology training to prepare students for future career in this emerging industry. We also encourage students to participate in faculty members’ laboratories in the winter and summer vacation to gain research knowledge and experiences.

Postgraduate Opportunities


; Advanced Degree Study

    Our graduates have a broad range of options in terms of advanced degree study. They can pursue an advanced degree at our Institute of Biotechnology or at the other institutes being developed at NUK (i.e. Institute of Bioenvironmental Science, Institute of Chinese Herbal Medicine Technology, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology). They can also pursue an advanced degree at other universities in Taiwan or abroad.

; Career Opportunities

    Our graduates can engage in research at government agencies or institutions. They can also work for biotechnology corporations and other industries including healthcare, medicine, agriculture, marine biology, food, or environmental protection.

Future Outlook

    The Kaohsiung Biotechnology Research Center will be established at NUK under a strategic collaborative agreement with the Kaohsiung Biotechnology Park. Upon completion of this project, the career opportunities for our graduates will be greatly increasing.

    The Department is initiating more interdisciplinary programs with affiliated departments to improve course and teaching quality. Notable departments include the Departments of Kinesiology, Health and Leisure Studies, Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

    Additionally, in response to the development of various biotech centers, the Department will work closely with a number of biotech providers, such as the Tainan and Kaohsiung Science Parks; the agricultural center of the Taiwan Sugar Corporation; environmental technology divisions of the Chinese Petroleum Corporation, and other universities.

Courses Offering

    We offer both fundamental and advanced courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and life sciences, as well as many elective courses. The minimum number of credits for graduation is 128. The 2006 entering class must fulfill 68 departmental compulsory credits, 28 elective credits (including at least 24 credits from departmental electives), 4 university compulsory credits, and 28 general education credits.

Compulsory Courses

    Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior

    ; Introduction to Life ; Genetics ; Biochemistry(1)(2) ; Seminar(1)(2)

    Science ; Genetics Laboratory ; Biochemistry

    ; General Biology(1)(2) ; Microbiology Lab(1)(2)

    ; General Biology ; Microbiology Laboratory ; Molecular Biology

    Laboratory(1)(2) ; Organic Chemistry ; Plant Physiology

    ; Calculus(1)(2) ; Organic Chemistry Laboratory ; Animal

    ; General ; Analytical Chemistry Physiology

    Chemistry(1)(2) ; Cell Biology ; choose one from

    ; General Chemistry Plant Physiology and

    Laboratory(1)(2) Animal Physiology

    ; General Physics(1)(2)

    ; Introduction to


Elective Courses


    Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior ;Introduction to ; Physiology ;Animal Physiology Lab ; Thesis Biotechnology ; Physiology Lab ;Introduction to Virology ; Special Research

    ; Animal Histology ;Plant Tissue Culture and ; Biostatistics

    ; Animal Histology Lab Lab ; Bioinformatics

    ; Parasitology ;Plant Tissue and Cell ; Patent and

    ; Comparative Anatomy Culture and Lab Biotechnology Law

    and Lab ;Embryology ; Cell Cycle

    ; Scientific English ;Animal Tissue Culture ; Plant Molecular

    ; Introduction to and Lab, Endocrinology Biotechnology and

    Biotechnology ;Comparative Lab

    ; Applied Microbiology and Endocrinology ; Introduction to

    Lab ;Natural Herbal Medicine Protein Engineering

    ; Invertebrate Zoology and ;Immunology ; Comparative

    Lab Reproductive

    ; Plant Taxonomy and Lab Physiology

    ; Botany Physiology Lab


    Minimum number of credits for graduation: 138

Faculty Profiles

    Full-Time members

    Title Name Education Specialty

    Ph.D., Biochemistry, ;Applied Microbiology Professor & National Yang-Ming Shuen-Fuh Lin ;Antibiotic, Enzymology Chairman University, Taipei, ;Biotechnology Taiwan

    Professor Ph.D., Botany, ;Transgenic Biotechnology &Director(Institute Wen-Huei Chen University of ;Plant Tissue and Cell Culture of Biotechnology) Nottingham, England. ;Crop Breeding


    Associate Ph.D., National Taiwan ;Fish Pathology Chun-Shun Wang Professor University, Taiwan ;Virology, Molecular Biology


    Ph.D., Department of ;Plant Biochemistry Agricultural Chemistry, Assistant Professor Heng-Long Wang ;Plant Physiology National Taiwan ;Plant Tissue Culture University, Taiwan

    ;Genetics Ph.D., Colorado State Assistant Professor Yu-Lin Kao ;Signal Transduction University, USA ;Cell Biology

    ;Animal Cell Culture

    ;Invertebrate Ph.D., National Taiwan Assistant Professor Chiu-Ming Wen ;Cell Biology University, Taiwan ;Glia Biology

    ;Fish Pathology

    Ph.D., Institute of ;Cardiology

    Toxicology, National ;Toxicology Assistant Professor Neng-Lang Shih Taiwan University, ;Animal Disease Model

    Taiwan ;Molecular Biology

    Ph.D., Graduate Institute ;Plant Signal Transduction of Life Science. National Assistant Professor Mang-Jye Ger ;Plant Molecular Biology and Defense Medical Center, Pathology Taiwan

    Ph.D., Université Paris ;Reproductive Endocrinology Assistant Professor Yung-Sen Huang ?,Department of ;Molecular Endocrinology


    Reproductive Physiology ;Physiology

    ;Reproductive Physiology

Part-Time members

    Title Name Education Specialty

    MD, Ph.D., Jun-Liu-Mei ;Animal Physiology Professor Yung-Jen Chiu University, Japan ;Biotechnology

    ;Natural Products from Taiwanese

    Medicinal Plants and Marine Ph.D., Kaohsiung Resources Professor Yang-Chang Wu Medical University, ;Oriental Herbal Medicine Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Including Traditional Chinese


    Ph.D., Ecology and ;Ecology Hsueh-Wen Professor Evolutionary Biology, ;Popultion Biology Chang Indiana University, USA ;Statistics

    Associate Ph.D., The Ohio State ;Plant Systematics Ho-Yih Liu Professor University, USA ;Vegetation Ecology


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