Undergraduate Curriculum

Our department offers an undergraduate program, leading to a B.S. degree in Biological Science & Technology (abbreviated as BST). This program emphasizes both formal course work and lab research training. In order to complete this program, undergraduates majoring in BST need to take a multi-facet interdisciplinary curriculum which is based on modern life science and combines developmental foci of biomedical industry. Typically, they should finish at least 128 semester-credit units of courses before graduating. Out of 128 units of courses, 87 units are for required courses; at least 41 units are for elective courses. Required courses will equip them with a good foundation in biological, chemical, & physical sciences. Also, our dept. along with others of CMU offers lots of elective courses which should allow them to broaden their knowledge horizon or to begin their area of specialization.

One of the unique features for studying BST at China Medical University (CMU) is that we encourage students to take part in the faculty's research as early as their sophomore year. In addition, our BST faculty members (whose research interests span a broad range of areas in biological science & technology) commit themselves to offering students ample hands-on laboratory opportunities through two units of lab course of Undergraduate Research (I) during their junior year and four units of lab course of Undergraduate Research (II) during their senior year. Every year, many BST students conduct their original research under the guide of our faculty and work closely with the faculty's senior lab-mates and collaborators. Moreover, a significant proportion of their research projects are potential and are funded, on a very competitive basis, by our National Science Council. We believe that providing students with such a vibrant research environment during the early career development of their undergraduate education will foster their independent, hands-on research ability.

Another unique feature for studying BST at CMU is that BST students are required to take seminar courses as early as their sophomore year, and, in fact, we encourage students to take, as an elective, a seminar course (titled "Literature Review of Biotechnology and Science")  during their freshman year. Taking 6-8 units of seminar courses  enables our BST students to develop the ability to evaluate critically scientific literature.

Below is suggested timeline for BST students:

General education courses and required courses for undergraduate students

Courses Credits
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General Education courses Freshman chinese G 2 2            
Freshman english G 4 2 2            
English Listening G 2 1 1            
Art and humanities field G 4~6            
Social science field G 4~6            
Natural science field/Life science field G 2~4            
Other fields                                        G 8     4 4        
Service learning G 0     0          
cornerstone course      Calculus (I) R 2 2              
Calculus (Π) R 2   2            
General chemistry(C) R 2 2              
General physics(B) R 2 2              
Organic chemistry(A) R 2   2            
Organic chemistry laboratory(A) R 1   1        
General biology(A-1) R 2 2              
General biology(A-2) R 2   2            
General biology laboratory (A-1) R 1 1              
General biology laboratory (A-2) R 1   1            
keystone courses Introduction to biotechnology R 3     3          
Analytical chemistry(A-1)(A-2) R 4     2 2        
Analytical chemistry laboratory(A) R 1       1        
Biochemistry(A-1)(A-2) R 4     2 2        
Biochemistry laboratory(A-1)(A-2) R 2     1 1        
Cell biology R 3       3        
Cell biology laboratory R 1       1        
Physiology  (C)        R 3           3    
Bioethics R 2     2          
Instrumental analysis R 2     2          
Discussion in lecture R 2     1 1        
Molecular biology R 3         3      
Research methodology of biotechnology R 2           2    
Literature reading (Ι) R 2         1 1    
Molecular biology laboratory R 1         1      
Biostatistics R 2           2    
Current status of biotechnology industry R 3             3  
Intelligent property and practice R 2             2  
Capstone courses Literature reading (Π) R 2             1 1
Total 89 20 17 17 15 5 8 6 1

F: Fall semester, S: Spring semester, G: general education, R: Required courses

Elective courses for undergraduate students

Courses credits
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四S
cornerstone course General chemistry laboratory(B) 1 1              
Physiology laboratory(B) 1           1    
keystone 
courses
Preview of biological science and technology 2 2              
History of biotechnology 2 2              
Literature review of biotechnology and science 2   2            
Introduction of biotechnology instrumentation 2   2            
Introduction to chinese crude drugs 2     2          
Introduction to chinese medicine (B) 2       2        
Marketing management 2               2
Introduction to anticancer drug discovery 2       2        
Biotechnology instrumentation and application 2       2        
Introduction to disease and drug 2     2          
Computer aided drug design 3     3          
Medical engineering 3       3        
Introduction to drug delivery 2         2      
Application of computer in biomedical science 2     2          
Bio-mathematics 2       2        
Molecular neuropharmacology and drug design 3         3      
Independent study(I) 2         1 1    
Biotechnology and immunology 2         2      
Introduction to cardiovascular system 2         2      
Genomics 2         2      
Introduction to Neuroscience 2         2      
Introduction to cognitive science 2         2      
Infectious diseases in Taiwan 2         2      
Biotechnology of food science 2           2    
Tumor biology 2           2    
Genetics 3           3    
Proteomics 3           3    
Introduction to signaling pathways 2           2    
Advanced organic chemistry 1         1      
Biochip technology and application 2           2    
Nano biotechnology 2     2          
Biotechnology and microbiology 2           2    
Fermentation and biochemical engineering 2           2    
Natural products chemistry 2           2    
Aquatic ecology 2     2          
Laboratory animals 2         2      
Career planning & survival skills 1           1    
Bioinformatics & computer software design 2             2  
Biopharmaceutics 2             2  
Foreign language, ecology and marine biology 2             2  
Visit the biotechnology industry 1             1  
Molecular genetics 3               3
Application of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering 2               2
Introduction to biomedical translation 2               2
Gene therapy 2               2
Independent study (II) 4             2 2
Practice in biotech-industry 1             1  
Introduction of dietary supplements from herbal medicine 1               1
Introduction of natural products in drug discovery 1               1
Infectious diseases 2               2
Total 104 5 4 13 11 21 23 10 17

F: Fall semester, S: Spring semester,