The inquisitive mind of the College of Science

The knowledge is acquired through exhausting all possible explanations, never giving up when there’s still a thread of clue

“To explore all possibilities in search for the knowledge of the universe without giving up the slightest clue” is always in the mind of the members of the College of Science at Chung Yuan Christian University. Every faculty member and student in the college holds on to the belief that the key to the understanding of science and its applied technologies lies in the insistence on never-ending inquisition into every corner of the scientific domain and finding ways to put the knowledge into daily use. As a place of education, we have a mission to develop students’ holistic personality as down-to-earth scientists who are hard-working, humble, confident, and full of love for what they do and whoever they work with. To accomplish the mission, we encourage our faculty members to further their studies and share their research resources, and we strive to develop our college into a perfect place for nurturing all-around talents in science.

Introduction of the college
History of the College of Science at Chung Yuan Christian University

The College of Science is now made up of the Departments of Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology and Bioscience Technology, the International Program of Nanotechnology of Graduate Courses, the Graduate Institutes of Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Chemistry, Psychology and Bioscience Technology, and four research centers, namely, Center for Nanotechnology, Research Center for Psychology Science, Research Center for Statistics & Consulting and Research Center for Analysis & Indentification.

The Departments of Physics and Chemistry were established at the same time as Chung Yuan was founded. The Department of Mathematics was founded later in 1962. Together, the three departments have been supporting the teaching of core courses in math, physics and chemistry, and nurturing the fundamental research in natural science. In 1966, the Department of Psychology was founded. The Graduate Institutes of Applied Physics and Applied Chemistry were established in the year of 1974. The College of Science was founded in 1980, when Chung Yuan was expanded and renamed as Chuan Yuan Christian University. In 1981, the Graduate Institute of Applied Chemistry was renamed as the Graduate Institute of Chemistry, to which the Ph.D. program was added two years later. In 1984, an MS program was added to the Department of Mathematics. In 1988, the Department of Psychology started a master’s program. Both the Graduate Institutes of Applied Physics and Mathematics were expanded to include a Ph.D. program respectively in 1992 and in 1994. In 2002, the Department of Bioscience Technology was founded. In the same year, the Department of Mathematics was renamed as the Department of Applied Mathematics. Center for Nanotechnology and Research Center for Psychology Science were founded in 2003 and 2006 respectively. In 2007, the MS program was established in the Department of Bioscience Technology, so was the Program of Nanotechnology of Graduate Courses. About the same time, MS programs for continuation education were added to both the Departments of Chemistry and Psychology. Similar undergraduate programs for continuation education were added to the Departments of Applied Mathematics and Psychology. Those programs offer great opportunities to those interested in life-long on-the-job continuation studies. Currently, the College of Science has about 2400 students, among them 360 are graduate students. We have 107 full-time faculty members and 56 part-time teachers.

Key Features

Objectives and characteristics

A. Objectives

To stick to Chung Yuan’s mission of holistic education, the College of Science aims to cultivate in our students a balanced development of body, mind, and soul. We not only want them to have professional expertise, but also hope to see them develop into talents in technology who care about humanity, possess all-around personality, cherish life, work for excellence, respect their profession and their associates, and who know that theory and applications of their studies are equally important. To accomplish this, the College of Science set the following objectives:

  1. Consolidating the teaching of core science, professional and experimental courses – First, we set a high threshold for core knowledge in science, which emphasizes independent thinking and creativity and how different areas of natural science complement one another. To equip students with professional expertise, experiences of actual applications in different areas of studies are used to enrich students’ understanding of the professional knowledge.
  2. Scouting and cultivating talents in core natural science – Seasoned faculty members of the College are asked to offer guidance and personal tutoring to students who have great interest and potential in the studies of core science and help them to master knowledge in math, chemistry or physics. The areas of studies provided by those academic advisors for their advisees include selection of courses, studying, career planning, research projects, internship, experiments, reading research papers, participating in interdisciplinary seminars, and other counseling programs. They aim to encourage more students to join the intensive study group.
  3. Taking the initiative to establish unique disciplines and graduate programs -- We will continue to promote the development of inter-department, inter-college, large-scale, nationwide, or inter-disciplinary projects that both respect and complement the development of each individual department.
  4. Strengthening the capacity of each department or research center to embark either NSC projects or university-industry joint projects – We continue to encourage faculty members of our College to apply for NSC research projects and seek cooperation with the industry to form strategic alliances in applied research. On the other hand, we encourage faculty members to work together to upscale their research plans. Our College is expected to continue working with outside research foundations such as VIA Cord Blood Stem Foundation or Taiwan Millennium Health Foundation to secure our success in research alliances with established research centers.
  5. Founding Ph.D. programs in the Departments of Psychology and Biology: The founding of Ph.D. programs in the Departments of Psychology and Biology is to meet the ever-changing needs of Taiwan’s society today.

B. Characteristics

The College is responsible for the core courses in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry and basic scientific researches. Our faculty members have long been shouldering up the teaching load of courses such as Calculus, General Physics, and General Chemistry for the departments in Chung Yuan.

  1. Continue to support the teaching of core courses in science: For the teaching of fundamental courses such as Calculus, General Physics, and General Chemistry, we are noted for adaptive teaching methods, the variety of counseling programs, and departure from theoretical sciences towards applied sciences. We work hard to lay a solid foundation on basic sciences for our students and expect them to build their professional knowledge from the foundation.
  2. Continue to maintain the balance between expert knowledge and research projects: To give students a solid start for their experiment courses, our faculty members are asked to maximize their teaching efficiency through computerized visualization. Elective courses and those in liberal arts are offered to broaden students’ vision, nurture their creative thinking, and achieve the goals in holistic education.
  3. Continue to strengthen students’ research capacities: To realize their research potentials, students are expected to develop their capacities in independent, innovative thinking, and system integration from a solid foundation on basic experiments and creative research projects. In addition, we keep on encouraging students to participate in different project contests.
  4. Continue to broaden students’ vision in academic studies by promoting international exchange programs: We will continue our exchange programs with the different departments in natural sciences of Japan’s Niigata University with a view to forming cross-university research groups. We will also continue our student exchange programs with Drexel University of US.

Our feature areas of developments

We plan to develop research projects in areas of unique specialty and selected research areas so as to enhance the visibility of our College’s research. The strategic plans of our research development are listed as follows:

  1. Establish the study of non-linear complex systems as one of our selected areas of research: The study of non-linear complex systems is a selected focus of current and future research in physics. This line of research is noted for its width and depth. By including researchers from very different backgrounds under some common goals, the systems will be broad enough to cover a large variety of applications. It is suitable for interdisciplinary studies. Our College has already been doing this with some success, which is why we would like to continue this line of research.
  2. Continue the R&D of new nano materials and find partners in the industry for the nano technology: We recruited world class professors to chair projects of top notch technologies such as nano materials. We even tailor our curricula to accommodate projects of such development. The same mode of small elite research groups can also find examples from other fields such as Biochemical technology and composite materials.
  3. Develop a specialized research center of interdisciplinary studies that concentrate on industrial psychology: In 2006, a specialized psychology research center was founded to address some imminent problems in the society of cross-cultural employment. With the changing development of our nation’s economy that moves towards internationalization and globalization, studies are much needed in how to cope with the social problems in language communication, immigration, labor health & well-being, local impact & adjustment, and employment in general. Different fields of studies such as industrial psychology, learning Chinese as a foreign language, and other social studies are included in the programs of the research center.
  4. Develop inter-institute Biological studies: We have launched a lot of Biological studies with other universities and research institutes in fields like stem cell research and the study of health foods. More areas will also be included, such as metabolic syndrome, multi-cistronic expression vector construction and foreign protein reactor.