Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Course
A. Graduation credits : at least 130 credits in total
※ Acumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher out of a possible 4.3 in all coursework
B. General Course : At least 28 credits and 9AU (applicable to students entering KAIST in 2014 and thereafter; for those who have entered KAIST in 2013 and before, refer to the Course Completion Requirements by Year of Admission)
Mandatory General Course
Students entering KAIST in 2014 and thereafter: 7 credits and 9AU
English Presentation & Discussion(1), Advanced English Listening(1), Advanced English Reading(1), Advanced English Writing(1), Writing(3), Physical Education(4AU), Humanity/Leadership(2AU), Ethics and Safety II(1AU), Happy College Life(1AU), Exciting College Life(1AU)
Students entering KAIST between 2011 and 2013: 6 credits and 9AU
English Communication(1), Critical Thinking in English(2), Writing(3), Physical Education(4AU), Humanity/Leadership(2AU), Ethics and Safety II(1AU), Happy College Life(1AU), Exciting College Life(1AU)
Students entering KAIST between 2009 and 2010: 6 credits and 9AU
English Communication(1), Critical Thinking in English(2), Writing(3), Physical Education(4AU), Community Service(2AU), Humanity/Leadership(2AU), Ethics and Safety II(1AU)
Students entering KAIST between 2007 and 2008: 7 credits and 9AU
English Communication I(1), English Communication II(1), English Reading&Writing(2), Writing(3), Physical Education(4AU), Community Service(2AU), Humanity/Leadership(2AU), Ethics and Safety II(1AU)
* English Communication I → English Communication
* English Communication II → English Conversation
* English Reading&Writing → Critical Thinking in English
Elective General Course in Humanities & Social Science : at least 21 credits
Take (6 credits) 1 course of each of the following 2 categories among 3 categories: Humanity, Society and Literature and Arts; the rest can be chosen regardless of the category. (applicable to students entering KAIST in 2009 and thereafter; for those who have entered KAIST in 2008 and before, refer to the Course Completion Requirements by Year of Admission)
Students entering KAIST between 2007 and 2010 should earn at least 9 credits through lectures in English among the 21 credits required as Elective General Courses in Humanities & Social Science.
Students having a double major take 12 credits without considering categories. (Students entering KAIST between 2007 and 2010 should take 6 credits through lectures in English.)
※ The requirement of taking lectures in English as Elective General Courses in Humanities & Social Science is not applied to students entering KAIST in 2011 and thereafter.
C. Completion of Basic Courses: at least 32 credits (applicable to students entering KAIST in 2012 and thereafter; for those who have entered KAIST in 2011 and before, refer to the Course Completion Requirements by Year of Admission)
Mandatory Basic Courses: 23 credits
① 1 course among Fundamental Physics I (3), General Physics I (3), and Advanced Physics I (3) 
② 1 course among Fundamental Physics II (3), General Physics II (3), and Advance Physics II (3)
③ 1 course of General Physics Lab I (1)
④ 1 course of Basic Biology (3) or General Biology (3) 
⑤ 1 course of Calculus I (3) or Honor Calculus I (3)
⑥ 1 course of Calculus II (3) or Honor Calculus II (3)
⑦ 1 course among Basic Chemistry (3), General Chemistry I (3), and Advanced Chemistry (3)
⑧ 1 course of General Chemistry Lab I (1) or Advanced Chemistry Lab (1) 
⑨ 1 course of Basic Programming (3) or Advanced Programming (3)
Students having entered KAIST in 2007 or before : 23 credits (①~⑨)
Students having entered KAIST between 2008 and 2011: 26 credits((①~⑨), Freshman Design Course : Introduction to Design and Communication)(3))
Elective Basic Courses: at least 9 credits
Students admitted in and before 2011 should take more than 6 credits
※ Students having a double major take at least 6 credits.
Students admitted in and before 2011 should take more than 3 credits
D. Major Course : at least 41 credits
Mandatory Major Courses
21 credits (Molecular Engineering Laboratory(3), Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory(3), Introduction to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering(3), Industrial Organic Chemistry(3), Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Analysis(3), Molecular Thermodynamics and Energy Systems(3), Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Capstone Design Project(3))
Elective Major Courses : At least 20 credits
Substitute Courses
- CBE203 Industrial Organic Chemistry(3) → CH221 Organic Chemistry I (3)
- CBE260 Biomolecular Engineering(3) → BS209 Molecular Biology(3)
- CBE303 Physical Chemistry for Chemical and Bimolecular Engineers I(3) → CH213 Physical Chemistry II(3)
- CBE362 Bioinformatics(3) → BiS438 Bioinformatics(3)
- CBE404 Physical Chemistry for Chemical and Bimolecular Engineers II(3) → CH211 Physical Chemistry I(3)
- CBE483 Engineering Principles of Human Physiology(3) → BS453 Physiology(3)
※ Students cannot take both courses to be substituted and courses to be recognized. For example, students can only take either CBE203 Industrial Organic Chemistry or CH221 Organic Chemistry I.
※ If you have taken CH213 Physical Chemistry II and CBE303 Physical Chemistry for Chemical and Bimolecular Engineers I, or CH211 Physical Chemistry I and CBE404 Physical Chemistry for Chemical and Bimolecular Engineers II in 2013 and before, credits from both courses can be counted in the graduation credits.
Admission YearMajor Courses Requirement
2014-
41 Major
Course
credits
Mandatory Major 21 credits
Molecular Engineering Laboratory(3), Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory(3), Introduction to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering(3), Industrial Organic Chemistry(3), Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Analysis(3), Molecular Thermodynamics and Energy Systems(3), Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Capstone Design Project(3)
Elective Major Courses : at least 20 credits
2011-2013
41 Major
Course
credits
Mandatory Major: 18 credits
Molecular Engineering Laboratory(3), Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory(3), Introduction to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering(3), Industrial Organic Chemistry(3), Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Analysis(3), Molecular Thermodynamics and Energy Systems(3)
Elective Major: at least 23 credits
2006-2010
41 Major
Course
credits
Mandatory Major: 6 credits
Molecular Engineering Laboratory(3), Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory(3)
Elective Major: at least 35 credits
E. Elective Course
F. Research Course : at least 4 credits
Graduation Research : 3 credits (required)
Department Seminar : 1 credit (required in senior year)
Individual Study : 4 credits at most
※ Graduation research credits earned from other departments will not be counted as graduation research credits.
※ Students having a double major are exempt.
G. English Proficiency Requirements upon Graduation
Before entering or during studying at KAIST, students should obtain the minimum required score or higher from one of the following:  TOEFL, TOEIC, TEPS and IELTS. 
Students who have hearing impairment level 3 or above should obtain the minimum required score or higher, excluding listening.
1) Students who have submitted past scores for TOEIC (before April 2006) or TEPS (before February 28, 2007)
- Students admitted in 2008 or later
ClassificationiBT
TOEFL
PBT
TOEFE
CBT
TOEFE
TOEICTEPSIELTS
General qualification score83
560
220
775
690
6.5
Qualification score for
hearing impairment lavel 3
or above
62
372
146
387
414
4.8
- Students admitted in 2007 or earlier
ClassificationiBT
TOEFL
PBT
TOEFE
CBT
TOEFE
TOEICTEPSIELTS
General qualification score83
560
220
760
670
6.5
Qualification score for
hearing impairment level 3
or above
62
372
146
380
402
4.8
2) Students who have submitted NEW TOEIC score taken after May 2006 or TEPS score taken after March 1, 2007 
H. Graduation Requirements for Foreign Students:  TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean)
ClassificationiBT
TOEFL
PBT
TOEFE
CBT
TOEFE
TOEICTEPSIELTS
General qualification score83
560
220
720
599
6.5
Qualification score for
hearing impairment lavel 3
or above
62
372
146
360
359
4.8
Undergraduate foreign students are required to obtain level 2 or higher score in TOPIK before entering or during studying at KAIST.
※ Applies to students entering KAIST in 2013 and thereafter
I. Requirements for Double Major and Minor
Double major : at least 41 credits (same requirement for major student)
Minor : at least 18 credits (Mandatory Major Course: 9 credits including CBE202, and one from CBE201 and CBE301, Elective Major Course: 9 credits at least)(applicable to students admitted in 2011 and after)
- Students admitted in and before 2010 should take 3 credits from Mandatory Major Course(including one from CBE201 and CBE301) and at least 15 credits from Elective Major Course.
General and basic courses in undergraduate program are different from years of admission; therefore, students entering KAIST in 2011 and before 2011 should refer to the Course Completion Requirements by Year of Admission.