Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Program

Chemistry is a central science that seeks the understanding of nature and interactions between atoms and molecules. In addition to this essential scientific question, modern development such as nanoscience offers new chances to explore the world of beyondatoms and molecules. The department offers lectures and experimental courses in all fields of chemistry : inorganic, organic, physical, theoretical and analytical chemistry, chemical biology and materials chemistry. The department stresses a research experience as an essential educationaltool. Research opportunities with our world-class researchersare provided to all undergraduate students in the state-of-the art facilities and environment.

For chemistry major, students must take 54 university credits or more in chemistry. 54+ credits consist of 25 essential chemistry credits and 20 or more selective courses provided by chemistry. Students also fulfill their internship program and 4th year research program (currently, CHM490 Interdisciplinary Project). Chemistry also provides 400 and 500 level courses for senior students. Students can take these advanced level courses as their university credits as well as graduate credits in advance of entering graduate school (6 credits maximum). 300 level experimental courses offer advanced level lab experience in the fields of students’ choice.

All students in other fields of majors can take chemistry as their secondary major. Management students must fulfill prerequisites (general chemistry 1 and 2 and lab sessions) for taking chemistry as secondary major. Minimum requirements are 18 chemistry credits (12 essential courses).

Information about UNIST admissions can be obtained from Admissions office at UNIST.
Enrollment in a primary major program in chemistry is based on students’ decision. Currently, Chemistry has no student limit on enrollment. Prerequisites for enrollment as a chemistry student is the average grade higher than B in freshmen science courses. Chemistry does not require any condition about students’ choice of second major. Chemistry endows Bachelor of Science degree for primary major students.

Courses are listed by division. All courses, however, are open to all chemistry undergraduate students, regardless of their research focus.

Course is Course Number Course Title Cred.-Lect.-Exp.
Required CHM201 Organic Chemistry Lab 2-0-4
CHM211 Organic Chemistry I 3-3-0
CHM212 Organic Chemistry II 3-3-0
CHM231 Physical Chemistry I 3-3-0
CHM232 Physical Chemistry II 3-3-0
CHM291 Analytical Chemistry I 3-3-0
CHM302 Physical/Analytical Chemistry Lab 2-0-4
CHM321 Biochemistry I 3-3-0
CHM351 Inorganic Chemistry I 3-3-0
CHM352 Inorganic Chemistry II 3-3-0
CHM490 Interdisciplinary Project



















CHM301 Inorganic Chemistry Lab 2-0-4
CHM311 Synthetic Organic Chemistry 3-3-0
CHM313 Fundamental of Energy Materials 3-3-0
CHM322 Biochemistry II 3-3-0
CHM323 Medicinal Chemistry 3-3-0
CHM324 Spectroscopy in Organic Chemistry 3-3-0
CHM333 Physical Chemistry III 3-3-0
CHM335 Molecular Structure and Dynamics 3-3-0
CHM371 Introduction to Nanochemistry 3-3-0
CHM372 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry 3-3-0
CHM391 Instrumental Analysis 3-3-0
CHM401 Special Topics in Chemistry I 3-3-0
CHM402 Special Topics in Chemistry II 3-3-0
CHM403 Special Topics in Chemistry II 3-3-0
CHM421 Introduction to Chemical Biology 3-3-0
CHM422 Supramolecular Chemistry 3-3-0
CHM431 Frontier Spectroscopy 3-3-0
CHM433 Solid State Physical Chemistry 3-3-0
CHM451 Inorganic Materials Analysis 3-3-0
CHM452 Organometallic Chemistry 3-3-0
CHM453 Bioinorganic Chemistry 3-3-0
CHM454 Solid State Chemistry 3-3-0
CHM471 Block Copolymers 3-3-0
CHM473 Nanomaterials Chemistry 3-3-0
CHM211 Organic Chemistry I CHM211 Organic Chemistry I ACE201 Organic Chemistry I
CHM212 Organic Chemistry II ENE221 Organic Chemistry II ACE202 Organic Chemistry II
CHM231 Physical Chemistry I ENE212 Physical Chemistry I ACE203 Physical Chemistry I
CHM291 Analytical Chemistry I ENE213 Analytical Chemistry I
CHM351 Inorganic Chemistry I ENE311 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHM352 Inorganic Chemistry II ENE326 Inorganic Chemistry II
CHM371 Introduction to Nanochemistry ENE416 Introduction to Nanochemistry ACE416 Nanomaterials Chemistry
CHM372 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry ENE266 Polymer Concepts ACE351
Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering
CHM391 Instrumental Analysis ENE322 Instrumental Analysis ACE391 Instrumental Analysis
CHM454 Solid State Chemistry ENE313 Solid State Chemistry I ACE321 Solid State Chemistry I
CHM321 Biochemistry I BIO211 Biochemistry I
CHM322 Biochemistry II BIO221 Biochemistry II

2016 Chemistry Courses

CHM201 Organic Chemistry Lab [유기화학실험]

This is a lab session of 2nd year organic chemistry courses, which covers basic organic transformations, purifications, and characterizations of organic compounds. The lab sessions provide basic knowledge and skills for simple reactions in organic chemistry. Safety will be a high priority.


CHM211 Organic Chemistry I [유기화학I]

This class is an introduction to the classification, structure, and reaction mechanism of organic compounds. The class is set up so that, upon completion, students will understand the different characteristics of organic compounds, including their classification, structure, nomenclature, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis.


CHM212 Organic Chemistry II [유기화학 II]

This is a continuation of lectures in a two-semester organic chemistry course that is being offered to introduce students to the comprehensive principles of organic chemistry and to communicate the excitement of scientific discovery. The basic objective of Organic Chemistry 2 is to continue to lay a solid organic chemistry foundation for further studies in chemistry and related fields.


CHM231 Physical Chemistry I [물리화학 I]

This essential course is for undergraduate students who are interested in chemistry and chemistry-related fields. The course is designed to build basic physical concepts for fundamental understanding of equilibria in chemistry. Equilibria include physical change, such as fusion and vaporization, and chemical change including electrochemistry. The details cover classical thermodynamics, particularly in terms of enthalpy and entropy. The students are expected to obtain a unified view of equilibrium and the direction of spontaneous change under the chemical potentials of bulk substances.


CHM232 Physical Chemistry II [물리화학 II]

A series of lectures on quantum chemistry is provided in this course. In the introductory part, lectures introduce the history of quantum mechanics including blackbody radiation, Planck’s hypothesis, and Schrodinger equation. Basic concepts required for understanding quantum chemistry, such as discontinuity of energy states, wave function, and uncertainty principle are covered in the beginning of the course. Principles and applications of various spectroscopic techniques incorporating electronic, vibrational, rotational, and Raman spectroscopy are described in the following lectures.


CHM291 Analytical Chemistry I [분석화학 I]

The main purpose of the course is to provide students with a strong theoretical and practical grounding in the principles and practices of analytical chemistry, including classical and instrumental analytical techniques. This introductory course also covers the principles of spectrophotometry and mass spectrometry.


CHM302 Physical/Analytical Chemistry Lab [물리분석화학 실험]

This experimental course is designed to provide students a chance to experience up-to-date experimental physical chemistry instruments and experimentation as well as state-of-the art analytical instruments to characterize organic, inorganic, and biological molecules and materials.

CHM321 Biochemistry I [생화학I]

Our body is composed of various biological polymers such as protein, nucleic acid, lipid and glycan. These bio-polymers are composed of many monomer molecules such as amino acids, bases, fatty acids, and various sugar molecules. In this course of Biochemistry 1, students will learn basic biosynthetic mechanism of biopolymers by biological machinery. Biological polymers’ structure and cellular functions will be discussed in this course, too. Because key mechanisms in this lecture will be discussed with organic chemistry terms, students are expected to have 2nd-year level knowledge of organic chemistry 1 and 2.


CHM351 Inorganic Chemistry I [무기화학 I]

The course is designed for undergraduate students who plan to major in chemistry and materials science and engineering. The objective of this course is to understand basic principles of modern inorganic chemistry. Topics covered in this course include atomic and molecular structures, molecular shape and symmetry, structure of solids, acid-base, oxidation-reduction, and molecular bonding.


CHM301 Inorganic Chemistry Lab [무기화학실험]

This is a lab session of 3rd year inorganic chemistry courses, which covers basic synthetic techniques, and characterizations of inorganic compounds. The lab sessions provide basic knowledge and skills for simple reactions in inorganic chemistry.


CHM311 Synthetic Organic Chemistry [합성유기화학]

This course covers topics on the structure and reactivity of organic molecules with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms. Students will be introduced frontier molecular orbital theory and pericyclic reactions including Diels-Alder reaction, sigmatropic rearrangement, and elecrocyclization. Also, reactivity of various functional groups and stereochemistry of reactions will be discussed. This course recommends prerequisites of Organic Chemistry 1 and 2.


CHM313 Fundamentals of Energy Materials [에너지재료개론]

This course offers basic understandings and applications of the energy materials related to energy conversion and storage using organic and inorganic materials. It covers the roles of bonding defining the fundamental types of energy materials and structural defects, kinetics, and expands to in-depth understanding of electronic, magnetic materials, and metals and ceramics, glasses and polymers. Finally, this course focuses on the material selection and design for the solar cells, fuel cell, and batteries.


CHM322 Biochemistry II [생화학 II]

The second part of lecture covers signaling and metabolism of biological systems. Biosynthesis of carbohydrate, proteins, and DNAs will also be discussed. Recent advances in the convergence of biomolecules and nanotechnology will also be introduced.


CHM323 Medicinal Chemistry [의약화학]

This course covers structures and functions of drug targets including proteins, DNA, and RNA, and their interactions with small organic molecules. These interactions between macromolecules and small molecules serve as the basis for inhibition/activation of their biological functions. Students will also learn the concepts in phamacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug metabolism. The basic processes involved in drug discovery from hit identification to clinical candidates will be covered with case studies on examples of life saving drugs. This course recommends prerequisites of organic chemistry and biochemistry.


CHM324 Spectroscopy in Organic Chemistry [유기분광학]

This course will provide the students with a fundamental understanding of the theory and practice of common spectroscopic techniques (NMR, IR, UV-vis, and MS) used in the identification of organic compounds. Special emphasis will be given in the application and interpretation of these analytical spectra. Students are expected to have taken ‘Organic Chemistry I’ and ‘Organic Chemistry II’.

CHM333 Physical Chemistry III [물리화학 III]

Statistical thermodynamics and kinetic theory are the two main topic s of the course. Derivation of the Boltzmann distribution is introduced in the beginning and followed by lectures on basic concepts of statistical thermodynamics such as ensemble, partition function and entropy. In the second half of the course, basic kinetic theory including reaction rate, collision, diffusion, and activated complex theory (Eyring equation) are covered.


CHM335 Molecular Structure and Dynamics [분자구조 및 동력학]

Chemistry is defined as “a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). This course will introduce molecular structure and the important spectroscopic and spectrometric tools for structure analysis of small and large molecules. The kinetics of chemical and physical transformations, as relevant to chemistry and biology, will be covered in the second part of the course. Modern experiments will be discussed to show capabilities and limits of current spectroscopic technologies.



CHM352 Inorganic Chemistry II [무기화학 II]

Electronics structures, spectroscopic and magnetic properties of the coordination compounds will be discussed based on the crystal field theory and molecular orbital theory. In addition to the reactions and properties of the coordination compounds, and the catalytic properties of the organometallic compounds also will be discussed.


CHM371 Introduction to Nanochemistry [나노화학개론]

This course is intended primarily as an introduction course to nano chemistry for undergraduate students. The objective is to understand basic concepts of nanoscience and nanotechnology from a chemical perspective and introduce general synthesis principles, characterization techniques, and potential technological applications of nanostructured materials. Such issues will be discussed in terms of presently important nano materials, including silica, magnetic, semiconducting, and carbon nanostructures.


CHM372 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry [고분자화학개론]

This course is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in synthetic and physical chemistry of molecules of high molecular weight. This introductory course covers basic concepts of polymer such as molecular weights and their distribution, synthetic chemistry of various polymerizations, behavior of polymers in solution and bulk, and physical properties of synthetic macromolecules. Recent developments in synthetic chemistry, a convergence of synthetic and biopolymers, and the fascinating world of applications of polymers will also be introduced. Students are expected to have second-year level knowledge of organic and physical chemistry.


CHM391 Instrumental Analysis [기기분석]

This course introduces the principles of analytical instruments which are essential for the characterization of various compounds and materials. The course provides students with the opportunity to learn how to operate them in laboratories. This course deals with many instruments for spectroscopic analysis (NMR, IR, UV-Vis, Raman), x-ray analysis (XRD, XRF), surface analysis (AFM, XPS, SIMS), thermal analysis (DSC, TGA), mass spectrometry, and electron microscopy.

CHM421 Introduction to Chemical Biology [화학생물학 개론]

Chemical biology can be defined as a biological study with chemical approaches. In recent two decades, chemical biology has been expanded to make lots of fascinating discoveries in biological field and some approaches of chemical biology have been essential tools in some biological research field. In this course, we will learn and discuss about concepts, mechanisms and applications of newly developed chemical tools in chemical biology field from current chemical biology research topics such as biological surrogates for glyco-and lipid biology, total protein synthesis, unnatural amino acid polymerization, biomimetic synthetic enzymes, activity-based proteomics, affinity-based inhibitor, protein tagging tools, fluorescent chemical probes. Students are expected to have third year level knowledge of organic chemistry, biochemistry, and cellular biology.


CHM422 Supramolecular Chemistry [초분자화학]

Supramolecular chemistry involves the use of non covalent bonding interactions to self-assemble molecules into thermodynamically stable and well-defined structures. The course explores the field of supramolecular chemistry from molecules to nano materials. This course will provide students with an introduction to recent interesting research. The topics will cover the types of non-covalent bonding, molecular recognition, the role of molecular recognition in biological systems, synthesis of new materials through supramolecular chemistry, applications for new nano materials. Students will be introduced to essential background concepts such as types of non covalent bonding and strategies for the design of supramolecular assemblies.


CHM431 Frontier Spectroscopy [첨단분광학]

This course is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in spectroscopy and experimental physical chemistry. In addition to basic concepts of spectroscopy, this advanced course covers cutting edge spectroscopy which is still under development such as 2D IR, optical force, correlated rotational alignment spectroscopy, and time-resolved electron microscopy and spectroscopy. Students are expected to have second-year levels knowledge of physical and quantum chemistry and spectroscopy.


CHM451 Inorganic Materials Analysis [무기재료분석]

This course covers the principles of analytical instruments which are needed in the characterization of organic and inorganic materials, and provides students with the opportunity to learn how to operate them in laboratories. This course deals with many instruments for spectroscopic analysis, x-ray analysis, surface analysis, thermal analysis, mass spectrometry, and electron microscopy.


CHM452 Organometallic Chemistry [유기금속화학]

The focus of this course is on the synthesis, structure and bonding, properties and reactivity of main group organometallics (including Grignard reagents, organolithium reagents, organophosphorus compounds, etc), organotransition metal chemistry and organometallic catalysis. The course is of particular relevance for students interested in synthetic chemistry.


CHM453 Bioinorganic Chemistry [생무기화학]

This course covers fundamental principles of inorganic chemistry in the context of the role of metals in biological systems. Special emphasis is put on the role of metals in biological systems, and the connection between fundamental knowledge of biological processes with respect to metals, and their relation to commonly known phenomena such as diseases, pollution, alternative energies, evolution and industrial processes.


CHM454 Solid State Chemistry [고체화학]

This course focuses on the basic principles of solid state chemistry. Structural, chemical, and physical aspects of inorganic solids, such as ionic solids, metal, and molecular solids, will be discussed. The course explores the relationship between electronic structure, chemical bonding, and atomic order. It also investigates the characterization of atomic arrangements in crystalline and amorphous solids: metal, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers. Topics include: symmetry, basic crystallography, crystal structure, bonding in solids, characterization technique (X-ray diffraction, microscopy, and spectroscopy) and crystal defects.


CHM471 Block Copolymers [블록 코폴리머]

Block copolymers are increasingly attracting interest as well-defined architectural polymers. This course delivers fundamentals of synthetic and physical chemistry of block copolymers. Topics to be discusses involves modern controlled polymerization techniques, phase behavior of block copolymers, solution physical chemistry, and structure-function relationships. Application of block copolymers to biomedical sciences, pharmaceutics, and nano sciences will also be discussed.


CHM473 Nanomaterials Chemistry [나노재료화학]

This course introduces basic concepts of nanomaterials and nanochemistry and applications of basic concepts to modern materials for electronics, catalysis, and optics. Inorganic chemistry for synthesis and characterization of 2-D materials will also be covered.


CHM401~3 Special Topics in Chemistry I~III [화학특론 I~III]

In recent years nanoscience and nanotechnology have grown rapidly. Chemical science, in particular, presents a unique approach to building novel materials and devices with a molecular-scale precision. One can envision the advantages of nanoscale materials and devices in medicine, computing, scientific exploration, and electronics, where nanochemical science offers the promise of building objects atom by atom. This course reviews current developments in chemical science.