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Academic Programs


▧Need-based Track system

 To maximize the effect of interdisciplinary education and the efficiency of educating student’s with diverse academic backgrounds, the I-Bio Program provides customized curricula by providing two tracks of specialization based on the student’s undergraduate majors and future research areas of interest and career goals.The track of each student is decided by the curriculum committee in consideration of the student’s choice and the advisor’s suggestion. The core curriculum, including two required courses and one of the three requiredelectives, is geared to providing fundamentals of interdisciplinary biosciences, while the track-based curriculum offers more specific knowledge and technologies relatedwith each track. These two parts combined together, the core curriculum and the track-based, work in an open system and serve as a systematic bridge between education and research

▧Track 1: Systems Bioscience and Biotechnology

 This track provides quantitative, systematic and dynamic education and research opportunities in various life phenomena, ranging from the level of molecules to that of organisms by adapting the theories, logic, techniques of mathematics, chemistry, life science, physics, electronic and electrical engineering and computer science. The analysis of biological complexity, a system- and dynamics-level investigation and theoretical interpretation and modeling on molecular biology, cytology and biochemistry interactions between molecules serve as a good example of the research of this track. Added to that, education and research in biotechnology based on the quantitative, systematic and dynamic understanding of the phenomena of living organisms, for example, the development of new concepts in medicines, bio materials, and the control of metabolism, will be carried out.

▧Track 2: Systems Bioengineering

 This track provides education and research opportunities in two areas. In corporating the methodology, knowledge and technology of the fields of life science, material science and technology, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, electronic and electrical engineering and chemical engineering, one area introduces engineeringoriented interpretation and devices in order to understand and apply life phenomena. The other area adapts biological knowledge to accomplish engineering oriented goals.

In the former case, the education and research on bioimaging techniques, substitute biomaterials, and NEMS/MEMS-based medical engineering serve as an example. In the latter case, the education and research on computer simulation of a neural network of a living organism and development of the equipment to simulate the movements of organs of living organisms, animals and plants will be targeted.

▧Degrees Programs

 The minimum number of credits to be completed for the Master’s degree is 28 credit hours, 32 for doctoral degree, and 60 for the integrative program. For a Ph.D. degree in the I-Bio Program, students must satisfy the requirements of minimum two-year on-campus residence, a minimum of 18 course credit hours (9 for mandatory and 9 for electives) and 14 research credits. Ph.D. candidates are also required to maintain a "B" (3.0 GPA) average for all the graduate courses. For detailed information on the curriculum and course credits, please refer to the homepage (http://ibio.postech.ac.kr).