Established in 1991 as the very first Department of Life Science in Taiwan, the Department of Life Science allows students to explore various areas of life science in an integrated yet diverse program built upon a solid foundation of chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology. In 2002, the College of Life Science was reorganized and is now comprised of the Department of Life Science and four Institutes, the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, the Institute of Bioinformatics and Structural Biology, the Institute of Molecular Medicine, and the Institute of Biotechnology. The Department of Life Science offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) program in Biology, whereas the four Institutes offer graduate programs in a variety of research areas.
The Department of Life Science is home to some of Taiwan’s finest researchers and educators, all sharing the same passion for equipping undergraduate students for advanced studies and helping them succeed. The undergraduate curriculum covers many aspects of biology, such as cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, physical biochemistry, bioinformatics, structural biology, genomics and proteomics. Advanced students may also register for graduate-level courses. The Department also encourages its students to actively engage in research, by conducting independent research projects at the laboratory of their choice. Students entering their senior year are encouraged to participate in summer research programs at outstanding laboratories abroad or to study abroad via short-term international student exchange programs.
Five educational goals of the College of Life Science (ERIGS):
1. Education: Excellence in education and learning in the fields of life science
2. Research: Innovative research and research training at the highest international level in the fields of life science
3. Internal Mobilization: Supporting the development of students and colleagues
4. Globalization: Widening global worldview and providing international environment for the studies of life science
5. Social Responsibility: Model for sharing common wealth from life science research
We strive to train our young life scientists as prophetic leaders of future generations with a passion for science, and compassion for life and a desire to transform the world.
1973 Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) established
1974 Masters program for IMB established
1984 Ph.D. program for IMB established
1985 Re-organized as Institute of Life Science
1987 Life Science Building I completed
1991 Institute of Biomedicine and Department of Life Science established
1992 College of Life Science established
1995 All institutes merged into Department of Life Science
1997 Institute of Biotechnology established
1998 Institute of Radiation Biology merged with the College
2002 Reorganized into current four institutes and Department of Life Science
2004 Brain Research Center established
2008 Interdisciplinary Program of Life Science and Institute of SystemsNeuroscience established
2010 Department of Medical Science established