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Life Science


Division of Molecular Life & Chemical Sciences

Life Science

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Life Science


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Founded in 1951, Department of Life Science (formerly Department of Biology) made rapid progress and great advancement to become one of the most comprehensive academic units in biological science in Korea. It has fufilled its goal of training advanced female scientists and playing a major leader at the front of Korean biological research. The Department aims to continue to excel in biological education and research and make key contributions to advancing society and raising the level of basic and applied science in Korea.

Currently, there are 31 faculty members in diverse areas of life science, including biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, plant biology, developmental biology, microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics, behavior, ecology, and evolution. Such an expansive and balanced assemblage of biological expertise in faculty, which is rarely found in other major research institutions in Korea, provides an excellentenvironment for educating and training in diverce areas of biology. Not only having the wide array of research interests, but the Department is also leading the nation in research excellence in many areas, including signal transduction research and behavioral ecology. Results of research in the Department have been published in leading biological journals such as Cell, Science and Nature.


1886. 5.

Ewha Haktang (the former body of the University) was founded by Mary F. Scranton, an American missionary of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1946. 8.

Ewha became a four-year university officially accredited by the government (First President Dr. Helen Kim)

1951. 12.

Establishing the Department of Biology in the College of Education (in the war-time makeshift campus in Busan during the Korean War)

1953. 9.

After Seoul was restored by US-led Ally, the Department moves to the first floor of Science Hall.

1955. 2.

The first student graduating from the Department (Choi, Jung-Soon).

1956. 3.

Starting a master’s degree program in the Graduate School.

1958. 2.

The first student graduating with a master’s degree (Kwon, Kyung Ju – Microbiology)

1962. 3.

Affiliation changed from the College of Education to the College of Liberal Arts.

1967. 3.

Starting the Ph. D. program in the Graduate School and Biology Major in the Graduate School of Education

1968. 11.

Opening the Museum of Natural History (first in Korea)

1971. 2.

The first student graduating with a Ph D degree (Roh, Boon-Jo – Animal Taxonomy)

1982. 3.

Affiliation changed from the College of Liberal Arts to the College of Natural Science

1982. 8.

Completion of Science Building A - Department moves to the first and second floors

1991. 3.

The Department of Biology changed its name to the Department of Biological Sciences

1991. 12.

Publication of “Viola” for celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Department.

1998. 6.

Opening “Research Center for Signal Transduction” - a Korea Science Foundation Excellent Research Center.

2000. 9.

The Division of Molecular Life Science merges into the Department of Biological Science

2001. 11.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Department

2002. 3.

The Department of Biological Sciences changed its name to the Department of Life Science in the Division of Molecular Life Sciences.

2004. 6.

Completion of the Building C of Science Complex

2005. 9.

Major in Molecular Life Science and Major in Life Science are merged into Major in Life Science

2011. 11.

The 60th Anniversary of the Department of Life Science.

The Aim of Education

We educate future leaders in biological science through our programs of undergraduate and graduate training. Department of Life Science is primarily an academic unit for undergraduate education. In addition, faculty in the department belong to either Division of Life and Pharmaceutical Science or Division of EcoScience, which are both academic units within the Graduate Schools. Some faculty members are also affiliated to other graduate programs including the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Department of Bioinspired Science.

Special Features

Modern life sciences has been diversified, and its influence is very extensive due to its deep interrelated connection with applied Science, including medicine, pharmacy, breeding genetic engineering and environmental engineering, there is a need to provide an opportunity to acquire knowledge about the overall life sciences. It focuses on organizing training courses to be balanced between an approach from the macroscopic field of study to microscopic areas & another type of approach from classic sector to modern sector, in order to the accomplishment of this purpose. It has opened the course of animal and plant taxonomy, animal and plant physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology, embryology, molecular biology, ecology, genetics, immunology, nerve physiology, etc. In addition, increase the training effect through hands-on in natural history museum, herb garden, and greenhouse as well as special lectures & outdoor gathering, etc. Also, with respect to dielectric and bioinformatics, established undergraduate majors associated with Bioinformatics and interdisciplinary program in Bioinformatics graduate course.

Careers and Graduate School Destination
  • Professors
    - Ewha Womans University, Korea University, Kangwon National University, Seoul National University, Sungshin Women’s University, Soongsil University, Yonsei University, Woosong University, Jeju National University, Hallym University, California State University
  • Research Scientists (national/public or private institutes)
    - Korea National Institute of Health, Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Institute of Biological Science, Samsung Biomedical Research Institute
  • Professionals
    - Journalist, corporate CEO, teacher, patent attorney, curator, environment manager, consultant
  • Research Associates and Fellows in domestic and international academic institutes
  • Recently a large number of recent graduates (with BS degree) advanced to graduate schools of medicine
    - In 2007, Ewha graduates ranked 5th among those admitted to graduate schools of medicine nationwide
    - In 2011, 30 graduates advanced to medical graduate schools