Advancing science in korea
Begun as the Mathematics and Physics Department of the Hanyang Engineering College in 1955, the College of Natural Science became The College of Science in 1980, and has reached what it is today. Currently, the College of Natural Science has been operating as The Division of Natural Sciences and comprises four unified disciplines; Major in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is the college that contributes to the development of the basic sciences and technological renovations for industries domestically as well as overseas by graduating many scholars in the natural sciences. Furthermore, as scientifically-oriented scholars, expert manpower, combined with profound knowledge and practical scientific techniques, have been contributing greatly to academia and in industry by actively carrying out research in all areas of pureand applied sciences.
World-Class Research College
1) Producing Research Excellence in Specialized Areas
2) Fostering International Collaborations
3) Providing Quality Education
4) Becoming the Nation’s Top College of Natural Sciences
By Jaehyun Lee, Student Reporter
The quote above explains the Law of the Lever that Archimedes wrote in Propositions 6 and 7 of his work entitled On the Equilibrium of Planes. Through this single sentence, Archimedes, who was a scientist, mathematician, physicist, and philosopher, expresses the essence of natural science; that even a simple physical law can be used to do the most complicated work. Natural Science supports all academic areas such as social science, human science, economics and business management, and, of course, engineering- and all these areas are rooted on the study of natural science.
Established in 1955, the College of Natural Sciences has gone through several systematic changes and has developed tremendously, compared to its 50 year-old history. In 1996, it adopted the current system where it contains the four Departments- mathematics, physics, chemistry and life science- and accepts new students as a college, and then allows them to choose their major after one year of university life. The College now has grown to have about 70 professors, and about 2000 alumni, playing active roles in each field. According to Hanyang University’s statistics, the research and development costs of the professors of the College of Natural Sciences in Hanyang University reached about 7 billion won through various government projects such as BK2, SRC(Science Research Council) and SERC(Science and Engineering Research Council). This gives an average amount of 125 million won per professor. Furthermore, a total of 233 research papers have been submitted to SCI (Science Citation Index) level academic journals. All these imply the fact that the excellence of the department’s research has been recognized throughout the world.
The College of Natural Sciences in Hanyang University consists of four distinct majors- mathematics, physics, chemistry and life science. Inside the College, there are numerous clubs. Some of them are ‘HUMAN, Hanyang University Mathematical Application Nexus’, ‘Inertia’, ‘h-action’, and ‘Papillion’. All of these clubs are run by its students, and the students of these clubs all work hard to study and do research in their interested areas of natural science.
By JaeHyun Lee, Student Reporter
Photo by Dongjin Lee, Student Editor/ Photographer
Q. Can you briefly introduce the study of natural science? What do you think is the charm of natural science?
A, Natural science is a basic study that becomes the base for many other applied studies. Our college firstly aims to produce scholars and scientists, as well as professional manpower for our society. Until now, the development of natural sciences has been somewhat undermined compared to the engineering field during the developmental periods in Korea. However, the improvement in natural sciences should now be preceded in order to bring an independent technological development in Korea, if we do not wish to import knowledge of scientific foundation from abroad.
Some find natural science stagnant and boring. However, natural science is one of the most dynamic and fun studies of all, because it deals with the simplest, but most important questions on might have. For that, this study also requires students to be highly creative. The students will be studying to find the solution to the problems related to their daily lives or the unknown lives in the undiscovered parts around our environment. Natural science is an aggressive research, which brings a lot of adventurous fun and dynamic experiences.
Q. Students get to choose their specific major after one year after the admission. What aspects should they consider?
A. There are four distinct majors in the College of Natural Sciences, and each of them has a unique characteristics.
First, mathematics often attract particular group of students and many find mathematics boring. However, this is not true. There is even a saying, ‘mathematics is what makes the complicated simple.’ The academic charm of math is far greater than what most of people think, and the career paths the students can take after studying math is far more diverse and professional. In statistics or financial engineering, especially, the strength in math is a great help. Many students later get a job in insurance companies or areas related to statistics as well as academic institutes. Secondly, the physics is the subject that is used most in the industry. Most of the physics courses are widely used in real society. Therefore, a lot of students get a job in firms related electronics and others. Thirdly, chemistry is the major that was adapted to the industrialization most early among the four majors. For example, detergents, textiles, paint, plastic, and even air fresheners are all related to the chemistry. The gap between chemistry and chemical engineering is becoming narrower. Lastly, concerning life science, it is important for students to know the two big streams of the life science. One is medical science and another is field science. The former one deals with the health and the well-being of the human body and the later deals with the environment for the health and the well-being of the human.
Some find natural science somewhat hard and boring. However, I think it is rather that the amount to study is much. That’s all. The study itself is really interesting and fun. In order to study natural science, logic is needed a lot, and this might be the reason students find it difficult to study. However, once you bare the workload, natural sciences can be one of the most fun studies of all.
Q. Is there any unique features or programs that make HYU’s College of Natural Sciences stand out?
A. The most unique feather of our College is that we are strongly supporting students who are planning to go on the graduate school of dental prosthetics or pharmacy. Some think that the professors might feel that their students are ‘taken away’ if they go to those kinds of graduate schools. However, we are not that conservative. In fact, we are extremely open-minded. Because, whichever paths the students take, they are still a fellow graduate of HYU’s College of Natural Sciences. If they go to the graduate school of dental prosthetics or pharmacy and become a successful member of the society, then it eventually empowers our College and the alumni. Therefore, I really hope that many students become influential doctors and pharmacists who help those in need. For that, we even created special courses and classes to prepare students for MEET (Medical Education Eligibility Test) and DEET (Dental Education Eligibility Test).
Also, we have annual program that give the current students and the graduate/ alumni of the College of Natural Sciences a strong family bond. The program is called ‘The Natural Scientists’ Day’, and has been held during the spring festival. During the day, students are provided a delicious barbeque all prepared by their own professors. Also, singing contests and other programs are planned every year. Now, we are expanding this program to invite the graduates. Through this day, the whole students and alumni will have a better opportunity to be united better.
Q. Are there some future plans for the development of the College of Natural Sciences?
A. In one word, we are planning on the ‘expansionary policy.’ Hiring more professors, creating more majors, extending the current building and creating larger spaces are the big part of the plan. As introduced, the College of Natural Sciences is already recognized for its inner development and capacity. Now, by expanding its size, we would be further developed and contribute to the current society and the field of sciences.
For that, collecting fund would be one of the most urgent steps to take. Currently, there is a funding called ‘Sib-Si-Il-Ban fund for fellow students’. ‘Sib-Si-Il-Ban’ is a four-letter word that means ‘a little help from many people can lead to huge support’. I am trying to collect funds from 2000 students for the College of Natural Sciences within my term.
Q. Few words to the student
A. Be united and act as a whole. When you go out, or be successful in society, please look after the fellow students in Hanyang University and its alumni. I personally think that the students sometimes lack the pride of being and having been a part of Hanyang University. However, this is something that applies to all the students. Hanyang University is one of the top universities in Korea, and this fact has been recognized by the society in many different forms. Thus, be united and pull each other up to a better stage. Especially, do not build a barrier between different Departments or majors. Whether you studied in the Economics and Finance building or the Engineering building or the humanities building, we all are one family. Sometimes, alumni visit my office for an advice or help. Then, I offer one thing; “Put some efforts in helping other Hanyang family. If I do not see that you are caring for other Hanyang University graduates, I will no longer support you”
Many people nowadays use the word, ‘social network’. This, in fact, might really be the word that best describes today’s society. In that, I strongly believe that we all need to be more active in creating the social network within the university.
By Joowon Lee, Student Reporter
Photo by Dongjin Lee, Student Editor / Photographer
On the very top of the Hanyang University Campus stands the College of Natural Sciences. There, students and professors are collaborating to study and conduct thousands of experiments with the four majors that belong to the college- mathematics, physics, chemistry, and life science- seeking to elucidate the rules that govern the natural world. Weekly Hanyang met with the department manager of the College of Natural Sciences, In Sik Myung, who is performing administrative tasks and is in charge of the overall management of the college.
Q. Nice to meet you sir. Please introduce yourself to us. When did you become the department manager of the College of Natural Sciences?
A. I started working for Hanyang University in March 1983. I first started at the office of registrar at the College of Medicine. So for about 30 years I have been going from college to college, first Medicine, Social Sciences, Physical Education in ERICA campus, Business, and then finally, here, the College of Natural Sciences. I have also worked as the head of the student welfare and scholarship department.
Q. Let us move on to the college academics. What required classes does the College of Natural Sciences have for the lower grades?
A. Understanding Modern Natural Science is an obligatory course for freshmen. This is an introductory course of general natural sciences, which deals with the meaning of natural science, and gives a brief summary of the four majors- mathematics, physics, chemistry, and life sciences. Professors from each major take turns to give students a basic ground before delving deeper into their majors. Natural Sciences is a basis for all scientific studies, so students from the College of Engineering also come to this building to take their required classes for their majors such as calculus or general physics.
Q. The College of Natural Sciences is known for the numerous scholarships students may receive inside and outside the college. Will you name a few?
A. The biggest one is Lotte Scholarship. This year, 25 students, five from Mathematics, five from Physics, seven from Chemistry, and seven from Life Sciences, are receiving a full scholarship. Next is Gwangho Kim Scholarship. This is a scholarship organized by the former president of Samsung Electronics, Gwangho Kim. Since 2001, 32 students received full scholarship under his name. Hyundai offers Haevichi Scholarships to one freshman in each of the department every year. These selected students are funded by the company until graduation, along with an education support fee of 200 thousand Won.
Q. What special programs does the college have?
A. HYU has signed the memorandum of understanding with four high schools including Gandong and Daejin High School. Over the vacation, the College of Natural Sciences invites students from there to take classes and conduct fun experiments with our professors. We are doing this to increase understanding of sciences in overall students and arouse interest in them. For our students here at Hanyang, we have a special program called CEO Lectures. Every year during the second semester, we open a pass/fail class and invite renowned figures, most of whom are graduates of HYU to speak to the students about the future of natural sciences.
Q. Please give us your last words as the department manager of Natural Sciences.
A. I have worked for many colleges here at Hanyang. However, when I first came to this college and went around the professor's offices to introduce myself, I found them all so absorbed in their studies or in their experiments. They were all in their laboratory with the students working aside. I was so moved by this intense atmosphere of everyone so into their studies. That was my first impression that I cannot forget. As the department manager, what I would like to say is not to think negatively before you even try. This is something I always say to my staff members here, "Say yes. Don't say no!" When students or my fellow staff members come up to me asking for something, they are not afraid that I will say "No," because I will do my best to make a “No” into a "Yes".
|Major in Mathematics||Introduction||Faculties||Curriculum||Course Description|
|Major in Physics||Introduction||Faculties||Curriculum||Course Description|
|Major in Chemistry||Introduction||Faculties||Curriculum||Course Description|
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|1955. 2||Department of Mathematics and Department of Physics established|
|1959. 2||Department of Chemistry established|
|1963. 3||Graduate programs opened (Masters and Ph. D. : Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry)|
|1971. 12||Department of Biology established|
|1983.3||Department of Biology renamed to Department of Life Sciences|