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The Division of Integrative Bioscience and Biotechnology (IBB) offers a multidisciplinary graduate program that educates and trains students to acquire a basic understanding of various biological phenomena centering on the cell surface and an ability to do quantitative, systematic, and integrative thinking through a coursework that integrates basic science and engineering. The IBB will produce a work force consisting of scientists and engineers who are capable of carrying out the world’s highest level of research. The graduate program is offered in two tracks: Bioscience Track and Biotechnology Track.

    1) The Bioscience Track (Ph.D. course in Science): The Bioscience Track focuses on education and research on organisms on the single molecular level and on the systemic level through theories, the system of logic, and quantitative methodologies developed in various areas including life science, chemistry, physics and computer engineering.

    2) The Biotechnology Track (Ph.D. course in Engineering): The Biotechnology Track focuses on education and research for understanding biological phenomena and its applications. The analytical methods and tools developed in other disciplines such as bioengineering and mechanical engineering are introduced for understanding or applying biological phenomena. Or the knowledge of biology is introduced for engineering purposes.

The faculty members in the Multidisciplinary Graduate Program at the Division of Integrative Bioscience and Biotechnology will operate a co-advisor system to drastically broaden the spectrum of research and knowledge transfer. In this program, a student will have two academic advisors and can freely participate and explore a wide variety of research prospects in the two laboratories run by his/her two advisors, going beyond the restrictions of the traditional single laboratory, thus enhancing the synergy effect of teaching and research. The co-advisor system will guarantee the continuity in the student’s coursework and research activities, especially when they are taught and advised by the world-class authorities invited as adjunct professors for a short term. Furthermore, a variety of telecommunication systems will enable professors to contact the students constantly, teaching and advising their students even while they are away from the students.

The IBB faculty is comprised of renowned scholars in Korea and the widely recognized authorities in their respective fields who are invited from international institutions, and the IBB multidisciplinary graduate program offers a variety of courses in which professors from Korea and professors from international institutions conduct team teaching. Thus individual student’s course work can be designed from various aspects. Each professor’s teaching load does not exceed one course per semester, and this principle applies also to team teaching.

Integrative Program
33 credits (Variable)
14 credits (Variable)

Bio-Imaging Technology
Advanced Membrane Biology
More than 18credits (Mandatory: 6credits, Electives: more than 12credits)
Biosciences related:
more than 9credits
Biotechnology related:
more than 9credits

Credit Requirement for Completion of Coursework
Considering the nature of the multidisciplinary program and the diversity and speed of advancement in study areas and the principle of personalized coursework designed for individual preference, 60 course credits are required for the unified (Master-Ph.D.) course (27 course credits and 33 research credits). 32 credits are required for Ph.D. course (18 course credits and 14 research credits)