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Coursework Requirements

The education at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST) is focused on cultivating problem solving capability and independent creative research ability in addition to traditional education through lectures. The curriculum is organized and integrated to lead from bachelor’s to master’s to Ph.D. courses; mutually recognized subjects between each course are established and determined by the applicable department(major) and specified in the department(major) curriculum.

Curriculum Classification

  • The curriculum is divided into curriculum courses and research
    • Curriculum courses for the undergraduate program are divided into general, basic, and major courses. General courses include mandatory courses and elective courses in the humanities and social sciences. Basic courses include mandatory courses and elective courses. Major courses include mandatory and elective courses. Research courses include B.S. thesis research, internship program & research, independent research, and seminars.
    • The subject courses for master's and doctorate programs are divided into mandatory general, mandatory major, and elective major courses. Research courses include thesis research, internship program & research, independent research, and thesis seminars.
  • Each department(major) determines the composition of the curriculum based on the requirements of each department(major). Course credits are assigned based on the importance of the subject and the hours required for lectures and experimentation.
The education at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST) is focused on cultivating problem solving capability and independent creative research ability in addition to traditional education through lectures. The curriculum is organized and integrated to lead from bachelor's to master's to Ph.D. courses; mutually recognized subjects between each course are established and determined by the applicable department(major) and specified in the department(major) curriculum.

Course Code and Number Indication

  • Courses are marked with a course code considered appropriate for describing the characteristics of the department(major) before the course number.
  • The following numbering system is applied to the courses.
    • Non-credit courses are coded as 'CC' and given a three-digit number between 000 and 099.
    • Undergraduate courses are given a three-digit number between 100 and 499.
      • For liberal arts and basic courses, a three-digit number between 100 and 299 is given depending on the difficulty of the course.
      • For major courses, a three-digit number between 200 and 499 is given depending on the difficulty of the course.
    • Graduate courses are given a three-digit number between 500 and 899.
      • Mandatory general courses are coded as 'CC' and given a three-digit number between 500 and 599.
      • Mandatory major courses are given a three-digit number depending on their difficulty levels: 500-699 for master's and professional master's courses, and 700-899 for Ph.D. courses.
    • Mutually recognized courses for undergraduate and master's students are given a three-digit number between 400 and 599.
    • Graduation research, thesis research, independent research, seminars, and other S-U courses are given a three-digit number between 400-499 or between 900-999.
      • Graduation research is marked with 490(undergraduate); thesis research with 960(master's and professional master's) and 980(Ph.D.); and practicum and research with 498 and 499(undergraduate).
      • Independent research is marked with 495(undergraduate), 965(graduate), and 985(Ph.D.); seminars with 496(undergraduate, 966(graduate), and 986(Ph.D.); and thesis seminars with 967(master's) and 987(Ph.D.).
  • Examples of Course Code and Number
    • The characteristics of the department/major are marked with the English alphabet first, followed by a three-digit course number.
    • The first digit of the three-digit number indicates the difficulty of a course, while the remaining two digits represent a course number unique to each course.
      • EX) PH 221 – Classical Dynamics I
      • PH: Department/major characteristics; 2##: difficulty; #21: unique course number
    • Computer Code
    • Marked with a five-digit number(i.e. ##.###), the computer code is used for computerized processing of courses and other purposes.
The education at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST) is focused on cultivating problem solving capability and independent creative research ability in addition to traditional education through lectures. The curriculum is organized and integrated to lead from bachelor's to master's to Ph.D. courses; mutually recognized subjects between each course are established and determined by the applicable department(major) and specified in the department (major) curriculum.

Credit Classification

  • Course units are either credits or AU(Activity Units). Credits are divided into subject credits and research credits.
  • 1 credit is given for a lecture of one hour per week for one semester or the equivalent number of education hours. However, for laboratory practice 1 credit is given for three hours per week for one semester of education or the equivalent number of education hours.
  • In principle, seminar credit will be granted 1 credit per semester. Depending on the requirement of each department(major), up to 2 credits may be granted. Each department(major) will determine the assigned number of hours per week for seminars.
  • Advising professors will determine the number of credits granted to their students for independent research credit and may be granted a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 15 credits per semester.
  • Advising professors will determine the number of credits granted to their students for thesis research credit and may be granted a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 12 credits per semester.
  • AU is the activities for completing physical education and community service not included in graduation credit. 1AU is given for one hour a week for one semester or an activity of the equivalent hours number of hours.
The education at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST) is focused on cultivating problem solving capability and independent creative research ability in addition to traditional education through lectures. The curriculum is organized and integrated to lead from bachelor’s to master's to Ph.D. courses; mutually recognized subjects between each course are established and determined by the applicable department(major) and specified in the department(major) curriculum.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

Graduation Credits: Article 78 of Academic Policies and Regulations

A total of at least 130 credits(applied to enrolled students starting in '97) - a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 out of 4.3 in all courses taken.

Completion of General Courses

At least 28 Credits and 9AU (applicable to students enrolled at KAIST in 2009 and onward; for students enrolled before 2009, refer to the Course Completion Requirements by year of admission).

Required General Courses
Required General Courses
Academic Year Required Credits Required Courses
After 2014 7Credits & 9AU English Presentation & Discussion(1credit), Advanced English Listening(1credit), Advanced English Reading(1Credit), Advanced English Writing(1Credit), Writing (3 credits), Physical Education Activity (4AU: 64 hours), Humanities/Leadership (2AU: 32hours), Ethics & Safety II (1AU), Happy College Life (1AU), Exciting College Life (1AU)
2011 and onward 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)
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(1AU)
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(1AU)
  * English Communication I → English Communication
  * English Communication II → English Conversation
  * English Reading & Writing → Critical Thinking in English

Writing: 3 credits

Physical Education: 4AU must be completed(not counted for GPA but a requirement for graduation)

  • Each course in physical education grants 2AU, therefore 2 courses should be taken.
  • 2AU out of the total 4AU can be replaced by sports club activities.

Community Service: Does not apply to students enrolled beginning in 2011. Students enrolled from 2007~2010 must complete 2AU and students enrolled before 2006 must complete 4AU; confirmation of community service and leadership mileage must be submitted.(Not counted for GPA but a requirement for graduation)

  • Social Welfare Organizations such as Flower Village Service, executive member of Student Council, department representative, on campus environment purification activity, welfare center, public institutions such as the Korea National Park Service, and Government Offices such as City Hall and distoict offices.
  • Confirmation of community service(off-campus: organization of service; on-campus: related head of administration) must be obtained and submitted to the appropriate academic affairs office(registrar) depending on department/major

Humanity/Leadership: 2AU must be completed(applicable beginning with students enrolled in 2007, not counted for GPA but a requirement for graduation)

  • Program and credit recognition per course
Program and credit recognition per course
Course Program Credit
Humanity/Leadership I Complete one of the following programs: 7H leadership training or phoenix leadership training 1AU
Humanity/Leadership II Communication training 1AU
Humanity/Leadership III Complete one of the following programs: photography, musical instruments, jazz dance, hip-hop, acapella 1AU

* Only students within their first 2 semesters can attend the Humanity/Leadership III course

Ethics and Safety II: 1AU must be completed(applicable to all students, not counted for GPA but a requirement for graduation)

  • Ethics and Safety II(HSS070/10.179) includes Research Ethics, Lab Safety and Human Rights &Sexual Morality. Students do not have to register for the course and must go to the website(https://eethics.kaist.ac.kr) in order to complete the course and pass the test with the grade 'S'. Credit is granted if the student achieves a grade of at least 80(out of 100) in each of the following courses: Research Ethics, Lab Safety and Human Rights &Sexual Morality.
  • Opening semester: Spring, Fall
  • Examination Period: From the beginning of the semester through the end of it(students may take the exam for each of the 3 subjects up to 10 times).
  • Students must achieve a grade of at least 80% in order to pass the course. Students must retake the course if they fail to achieve at least 80% in any of the 3 subjects.

Happy College Life and Exciting College Life: 2AU must be completed beginning with students enrolled in 2011.(Not counted for GPA but a requirement for graduation)

  • Students must complete Happy College Life(1AU) in the first semester and Exciting College Life(1AU) in the second semester of their first year.
Elective Courses in Humanities & Social Sciences: At least 21 credits must be completed
  • At least 1 course(6 credits) must be taken from 2 of the following 3 categories: Humanity, Society, and Literature & Arts; at least 21 credits must be completed(※ Applicable to students enrolled at KAIST in 2009; for students enrolled before 2009, refer to the Course Completion Requirements by year of admission)
  • Students enrolled from 2007-2010 must complete at least 9 of the 21 credits for the elective courses in Humanities & Social Sciences in courses held in English.
  • Students completing a double major must complete at least 12 credits without restriction to category(students enrolled from 2007-2010 must complete at least 6 credits in English courses).
  • ※Students enrolled after 2011 are not subject to the minimum English course requirement for elective courses in Humanities & Social Sciences.
General Eeducation Course Requirements for International Students in the Undergraduate Program
  • English language courses: Students who have completed high school at an English-speaking high school are exempt from English language requirements, granted credit recognition, and given an “S” (Applicable to students enrolled beginning in 2011)
  • Completion of Korean language courses(exempt from writing courses): International students are exempt from writing courses(3 credits; a requirement of general education). Students exempt from writing courses are required to take HSS006 (10.108 Basic Korean I; 3 credits) and the general elective HSS193(10.167 Basic Korean II; 3 credits).(Applicable to students enrolled beginning in 1998)
  • Completion of AU Courses: International students must complete AU courses(Total 9: 4AU in Physical Education, 2AU in Humanity/Leadership, 1AU in Ethics and Safety II, 1AU in Happy College Life, and 1AU in Exciting College Life). Humanity/Leadership may be substituted with Cultural Experience.(Applicable to students enrolled beginning in 2007)
  • * Students enrolled beginning in 2007-2010: 4AU in Physical Education, 2AU in Community Service, 2 AU in Humanity/Leadership, 1AU in Ethics and Safety must be completed.(Total: 9AU)
  • * Students enrolled before 2006: 4AU in Physical Education, 4AU in Community Service, 1AU in Ethics and Safety must be completed.(Total: 9AU)
Completion of Basic Courses: at least 32 credits (applicable to students enrolled beginning in 2012 and onward; for students enrolled before 2012, refer to the Course Completion Requirements by year of admission)
Mandatory Basic Courses: 23 credits
  • 1 course among Fundamental Physics I(3), General Physics I(3), and Advanced Physics I
  • 1 course among Fundamental Physics II(3), General Physics II(3), Advanced Physics II(3)
  • 1 course of General Physics Lab I(1)
  • 1 course of Basic Biology(3) or General Biology(3)
  • 1 course of Calculus I(3) or Honors Calculus I(3)
  • 1 course of Calculus II(3) or Honors Calculus II(3)
  • 1 course among Basic Chemistry(3), General Chemistry I(3), Advanced Chemistry(3)
  • 1 course of General Chemistry Lab I(1) or Advanced Chemistry Lab(1)
  • 1 course of Basic Programming(3) or Advanced Programming(3)
  • Freshman Design Course: Introduction to Design and Communication(3)
  • ※ Students enrolled before 2007: 23 credits(①~⑨)
  • ※ Students enrolled during 2008~2011: 26 credits(①~⑨), Freshman Design Course: Introduction to Design and Communication(3)
Basic Elective Courses: at least 9 credits
  • There is no differentiation between basic courses and lab courses(there are cases when the department decides the required courses).
  • Students enrolled before 2011 must complete more than 6 courses.
  • ※ Students completing a double major must complete at least 3 credits or 6 credits (refer to each departments requirements).
Completion of Major Courses: at least 40 credits

※Refer to the department requirements as the major course requirements are different for each department.

Completion of Elective Courses: Complete mandatory and elective courses from other departments

※Some departments require students to take some specific courses – please refer to the departmental requirements for course completion.

Completion of Research Courses: at least 3 credits
  • Be sure to take 3 credits for graduate research(students completing a double major are exempt).
  • Each department grants different credit hours for independent study and seminar courses(refer to the departmental requirements for course completion).
  • Completion of graduate research, independent research, seminars, and practical experience is credited as research credit for students enrolled beginning in 2001; credited major course credit for students enrolled before 2001.
  • Undergraduate 'Research Subject' Adjustment: graduate research, practical experience and research, independent research, and seminars were organized as major courses or research courses and have been adjusted to be research courses(applicable to students enrolled beginning in 2001).
English Proficiency Requirements upon Graduation

Students are required to meet one of the following requirements for English proficiency before entering KAIST or during their years of enrollment.
Students with 3rd degree hearing impairment or higher are exempt from the listening section of the English proficiency requirements.

Students submitting existing TOEIC scores(before April 2006) and TEPS scores (before February 28, 2007)

Students enrolling after the 2008 school year

Students enrolling after the 2008 school year
Category iBT TOFEL PBT TOFEL CBT TOFEL TOEIC TEPS IELTS
Average Score 83 560 220 775 690 6.5
Average Score for Students with Hearing Impairment (at least 3rd degree) 62 372 146 387 414 4.8

Students enrolled before 2007

Students enrolled before 2007
Category iBT TOFEL PBT TOFEL CBT TOFEL TOEIC TEPS IELTS
Average Score 83 560 220 760 670 6.5
Average Score for Students with Hearing Impairment(at least 3rd degree) 62 372 146 380 402 4.8
Students submitting NEW TOEIC scores(after May 2006) and TEPS scores(after March 1, 2007)
Students submitting NEW TOEIC scores(after May 2006) and 및TEPS scores(after March 1, 2007)
Category iBT TOFEL PBT TOFEL CBT TOFEL TOEIC TEPS IELTS
Average score 83 560 220 720 599 6.5
Average score for students with hearing impairment(at least 3rd degree) 62 372 146 360 359 4.8
TOPIK(Korean Proficiency Exam) Graduation Requirements for International Students
  • Foreign students are required to achieve a level 2 TOPIK score before entering KAIST or during their years of enrollment.
  • ※ Applicable to students enrolled beginning in 2013.
Minor and Double Major
Minor: at least 18 credits outside the students' major(according to article 81 of Academic Policies and Regulations)
  • Departmental requirements vary, refer to the requirements for course completion.
Double Major
Double Major
General Basic Major Double Major Research Total
Required General Elective in Humanities & Social Sciences Sub-total Required Elective
6+(9AU) At least 12(without considering divisions) At least18 23 At least 3 Refer to the requirements of each department 40 including mandatory major courses 0 At least 130
  • Applicable to all enrolled students. However, for required general courses and required basic courses, refer to the course completion requirements by year of admission.
  • For students enrolled during 2007-2010, at least 6 credits of elective general courses in Humanities and Social Sciences must be completed through English lectures.
  • In the event that major courses and double-major/minor courses overlap, up to 9 credits can be applied to both courses of study.
  • Completion of double-major/minors can be completed based on the requirements at the time of enrollment, time of request, or the current requirements.
  • In case of completing minor and double major courses, the credits taken for the minor and double major are included with the credits for graduation(credits from elective courses among 130 credits).
Taking Special Courses

In case the course subtitles are different from each other, up to 3 courses may be taken; a make-up course can be taken only if the course subtitles are the same(however, make-up courses can be taken for cultural subjects of the same category offered in the summer semester of 1999 and for the special major courses opened within the same course/major in the winter semester of 2004, if it is approved by the dean of the department).

Leadership Mileage
  • A system offered since 2007 for undergraduate students so they may grow as wholesome human beings with knowledge-creating leadership and serve as leaders in the community.
  • A fixed amount of mileage is given for leadership activities such as humanity/leadership course attendance, on/off campus volunteer activities, physical training, and leadership experience, A certificate of silver(over 200 points), gold(over 250 points), platinum(over 300 points), and diamond(over 350 points) grade is granted according to the amount of mileage.
Undergraduate Research Participation(URP) Program Courses

URP program courses have been offered since 2007 to expand undergraduate student opportunities for participation in research and to foster creative and outstanding experts through a wealth of research experience.

Courses
Courses
Course Number Code Coruse Name Lec.:Lab.:Cre. Semesters Remarks
URP495 08.495 URP(A)(Undergraduate Research Participation) 0:6:3 Spring, fall - Cannot substitute for graduation research(although the credits for this course is recognized as research credit, graduation requirements follow guidelines for each department).
- Eligibility
* Students in the first semester of their third year or an earlier stage in the undergraduate program conducting individual research for independent study.
* Students conducting team research for independent study
URP490 08.490 URP(B)(Undergraduate Research Participation) 0:6:3 Spring, fall - Can substitute for graduation research.
- Eligibility
* Students in the second semester of their third year or a later stage in the undergraduate program conducting individual research for independent study.
※ URP courses will be offered in the spring and fall semesters, and the research period is 6 months(summer semester+regular semester)
※ Only students who submit final reports may receive S/U grades from their advisors.
※ Students may register for the URP program courses two times(maximum credits: 3 credits each for a total of 6 credits).
National/International Internship Programs
  • The program has been offered since the spring semester of 2008 to give students a chance to grow social skills by adding practical ability to theoretical learning.
  • Department in Charge: Counseling and Student Development Center
  • Application: Undergraduate students who are recommended by their advisor and their internship professor(students may also apply during a leave of absence with the approval their advisor and internship professor).
  • Grades and Evaluation : S/U is given as a grade. Students are evaluated for grades and graduation research substitution according to their final report and the evaluation sheet made by the company(undeclared students and sophomores are not able to substitute graduation research).

Courses

Courses
Course Number Course Name Credit Internship Period Available Semester Graduation Research Substitution
INT483 National Internship Program I(Graduation Research Substitute) 1 Credit Over 6 weeks Summer/Winter Available with 2 additional credits of Individual Study
INT484 National Internship Program II(Graduation Research Substitute) 2 Credits Over 6 weeks Summer/Winter Available with 1 additional credit of Individual Study
INT485 National Internship Program III(Graduation Research Substitute) 3 Credits Over 9 weeks Summer Available
INT488 International Internship Program I(Graduation Research Substitute) 3 Credits Over 9 weeks Summer Available
INT489 International Internship Program II(Graduation Research Substitute) 12 Credits Over 14 weeks Spring/Fall Available, only 6 credits are recognized as credits for graduation(including 3 credits of graduation research)
INT493 National Internship Program I 1 Credit Over 4 weeks Summer/Winter Not available
INT494 National Internship Program II 2 Credits Over 6 weeks Summer/Winter Not available
INT495 National Internship Program III 3 Credits Over 9 weeks Summer Not available
INT498 International Internship Program I 3 Credits Over 9 weeks Summer Not available
INT499 International Internship Program II 12 Credits Over 14 weeks Spring/Fall Not available, only 6 credits are recognized as credits for graduation

※ The maximum credit available for national internship is 6 credits

Advanced Placement(Article 31, Paragraph 2 of the Guidelines on Curriculum Management)
  • Credits and grades earned from AP courses at the Korea Science Academy(KSA) of KAIST and the Seoul Science High School are recognized as those acquired at KAIST.
  • Grade Recognition Criteria
    • Korea Science Academy of KAIST: Choose one of the following for grades of C+ or better received from KSA.(Applicable to students entering KAIST in 2010 and onward)
    • Being marked as a grade earned from AP courses at KSA in the academic record are included in the GPA.
    • An 'S' in the academic record is excluded from the GPA.
    • For students entering KAIST before 2009, credits and grades earned from AP courses at Korea Science Academy(KSA) are recognized as those acquired at KAIST, being marked as they are in the academic record and included in the GPA.
    • Seoul Science High School: Grades of B- or above are recognized as an “S” and are not reflected in the academic record.
  • If a student applies for credit recognition of an AP course that is a mandatory basic course or elective, the student is exempt from completion of the corresponding basic course.
  • Application Method: Applicants are requested to fill in the application for recognition of AP credit and must submit the application along with one original copy of their student report to the Academic Registrar’s Team.
  • Application Period: Within the first semester following admission; until the official end of the spring semester (recognition of AP courses is not allowed once the application period is over, so make sure to apply for course recognition within the application period).

Credit recognition table for AP credit earned at KSA

Credit recognition table for AP credit earned at KSA
Korea Science Academy Course KAIST Course
Course Name Course Number Credit Course Name Course Number Credit Course Classification
Calculus Ⅱ KSA100 4 Calculus Ⅰ MAS101 3 Mandatory Basic
Calculus Ⅲ KSA101 4 Calculus Ⅱ MAS102 3 Mandatory Basic
Linear Algebra KSA102 3 Introduction to Linear Algebra MAS109 3 Elective Basic
Differential Equations KSA103 3 Differential Equations and Applications MAS201 3 Elective Basic
General Physics Ⅰ KSA104 4 General Physics Ⅰ PH141 3 Mandatory Basic
General Physics Lab Ⅰ KSA105 1 General Physics Lab Ⅰ PH151 1 Mandatory Basic
General Physics Ⅱ KSA106 4 General Physics Ⅱ PH142 3 Mandatory Basic
General Physics Lab Ⅱ KSA107 1 General Physics Lab Ⅱ PH152 1 Elective Basic
General Chemistry Ⅰ KSA108 4 General Chemistry Ⅰ CH101 3 Mandatory Basic
General Chemistry Lab Ⅰ KSA109 1 General Chemistry Experiment Ⅰ CH102 1 Mandatory Basic
General Chemistry Ⅱ KSA110 4 General Chemistry Ⅱ CH103 3 Elective Basic
General Chemistry Lab Ⅱ KSA111 1 General Chemistry Experiment Ⅱ CH104 1 Elective Basic
General Biology Ⅰ KSA112 4 General Biology BS120 3 Mandatory Basic
General Biology Ⅱ KSA114 4 3 Elective
General Biology Lab Ⅰ KSA113 1 1 Elective
General Biology Ⅱ KSA115 1 1 Elective
General Earth Science KSA116 3 3 Elective
General Earth Science Lab KSA117 1 1 Elective
General Astronomy KSA118 3 3 Elective
General Astronomy Lab KSA119 1 1 Elective
Programming KSA120 3 Introduction to Programming CS101 3 Mandatory Basic
Fundamental Number Theory KSA121 3 Introduction to Number Theory MAS210 3 Elective Major
DNA Science KSA122 3 Molecular and Cellular Biology BiS222 3 Mandatory Major
Molecular Biology KSA123 3
Discrete Structure KSA124 3 Discrete Mathematics CS204 3 Mandatory Major
Probability & Statistics KSA125 3 Probability & Statistics MAS250 3 Elective Basic
* If a student has completed both DNA Science and Molecular Biology, credits earned from both courses are recognized, KAIST will recognized the course as BiS222 Molecular and Cellular Biology. If the student has only taken one of the two courses at KSA, the course is to be recognized as a free elective worth 3 credits.(Applicable to students enrolling at KAIST beginning in 2012. Students enrolled before 2012 will follow the AP regulations of the Year of Admission).

Credit recognition table for AP credit earned at the Seoul Science High School:

Credit recognition table for AP credit earned at the Seoul Science High School:
No. Seoul Science High School Course KAIST Course
Course Name Credit Course Name Course Number Credit Course Classification
1 General Physics I 3 General Physics I PH141 3 Mandatory Basic
2 General Physics II 3 General Physics II PH142 3 Mandatory Basic
3 General Physics Lab I 1 General Physics Lab I PH151 1 Mandatory Basic
4 General Physics Lab II 1 General Physics Lab II PH152 1 Elective Basic
5 Calculus I 3 Calculus I MAS101 3 Mandatory Basic
6 Calculus II 3 Calculus II MAS102 3 Mandatory Basic
7 Linear Algebra II 3 Introduction to Linear Algebra MAS109 3 Elective Basic
8 General Chemistry I 3 General Chemistry I CH101 3 Mandatory Basic
9 General Chemistry II 3 General Chemistry II CH103 3 Elective Basic
10 General Chemistry Lab I 1 General Chemistry Lab I CH102 1 Mandatory Basic
11 General Chemistry Lab II 1 General Chemistry Lab II CH104 1 Elective Basic
12 General Biology I 3 General Biology BS120 3 Mandatory Basic
13 General Biology I 3 3 Elective
14 General Biology Lab I 1 1 Elective
15 General Biology Lab II 1 1 Elective
16 Programming 3 Introduction to Programming CS101 3 Mandatory Basic
Honor Program(Article 16, Paragraph 2 of the Guidelines on Curriculum Management)
  • The Honor Program defines undergraduate students with certain qualifications as 'Honor Students' to honor their excellence and allows them to complete master's and Ph.D. courses during their undergraduate years.
  • Students who have completed six or less semesters and earned 81 or more credits up to the most recent semester and have recorded a GPA of 3.7 or higher are referred to as 'Honor Students' based on recommendations from their research advisors and the heads of their respective departments.
  • Benefits
    • Honor students are allowed to take master's and Ph.D. courses with the approval of instructors in charge of the courses; credits earned from these courses are included in their GPA upon graduation.
    • Credits the student earns from the master's and Ph.D. courses during their undergraduate years may be recognized as master's credits by applying for credit recognition within one year following their enrollment into the master's program, provided that their final GPA upon graduation exceeds 3.7/4.3.
  • Application method: During the registration period of each semester, Honor Program applicants are requested to submit their application form and academic record to the Academic Registrar’s Team – via the offices of their respective departments or majors; along with letters of recommendation from their research advisors and the heads of their departments/majors enclosed in the application.
Bridge Program

The courses cover the basic knowledge and skills needed for taking regular courses so that graduates of international schools and foreign students can gain basic academic skills and fulfill their regular course requirements successfully. The courses are also offered online for prospective students of the 1st round of undergraduate applications.

Courses

Courses
Course Classification Course Number Course Name Lec.:Lab.:Credit Opening Semester
Elective PH101 College Physics 3:1:3 Fall
Elective MAS105 College Mathematics 3:1:3 Fall
Elective CH107 College Chemistry 3:0:3 Fall
* Starting point: Fall 2009
Interim Measures and Other Measures
  • Depending on the year of enrollment, the mandatory courses and basic courses are different. Therefore, refer to each enrollment year's requirements.
  • Please refer to the departmental course completion requirements in case of unification or separation of departments, change in departments, and revision of the curriculum, etc.
  • In case of changes to the course requirement catalog or guidelines, follow departmental policies. Respective committees should decide issues of cases of objection or adjustment.
The education at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST) is focused on cultivating problem solving capability and independent creative research ability in addition to traditional education through lectures. The curriculum is organized and integrated to lead from bachelor’s to master’s to Ph.D. courses; mutually recognized subjects between each course are established and determined by the applicable department (major) and specified in the department (major) curriculum.

Graduate Course Requirements

Credits Required for Graduation (Article 66 of Academic Policies and Regulations)
  • Master's Program
    • Thesis Master's Degree Program: at least 33 credits <at least 21 credits for coursework+research credit (thesis research, thesis seminar, seminar)>
    • Coursework Master’s Degree Program: at least 33 credits <at least 21 credits for coursework+at least 6 additional coursework credits+research credit (independent research, seminar)>
  • Doctoral Program
    • At least 60 credits(at least 30 credits for coursework+at least 30 research credits)(dissertation research, dissertation seminar, and seminar).
    • ※ Curriculum credits acquired in master's courses may be added cumulatively to the curriculum credits during Ph.D. coursework.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 out of 4.3 in all course work is required for graduation
  • At least 3 credits for mandatory general courses must be completed for master’s and Ph.D. programs.
  • We recommend that all students at KAIST complete Ethics and Safety I(1AU) during their first semester at KAIST. Students completing their master's and Ph.D. may take the course anytime during their enrollment at KAIST.
  • Students in a master's program must complete the non-credit leadership course.
  • Major course(mandatory and elective) and research course requirements are different for each department. Refer to the course requirements of each department.
  • 8) The self-regulated departments(biological sciences and chemistry) have the same number of total required credits, but the specific major and research course requirements differ from other departments.
    • Departments/majors with self-regulated course requirements: biological science department(graduate course), chemistry department(Ph.D. course)
    • There is no change in the total required credits, but the required major course credits are reduced and the required research credits are increased
    • Subject of Application: Students enrolled in graduate programs beginning in March 2001.
Completion of the Coursework for the Master's Degree Program
  • Students in the coursework master's degree program do not need to submit the master’s thesis but have to complete additional coursework(at least 6 additional credits).
  • Operated depending on the requirements of each department/major (operated in parallel to thesis master's degree programs).
  • Accepted Coursework for Master's Degree Departments: Mathematical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Bio and Brain Engineering, Nuclear & Quantum Engineering, Innovation and Technology Management, Culture Technology, Science and Technology Policy, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Global IT Technology, Intellectual Property, Software, Software Engineering, Cooperative Telecommunication Education Program, College of Business(Techno-MBA, Executive-MBA, IMBA, Finance-MBA, Graduate School of Information and Media Management)
    • Life Science Coursework Master's Degree: Restricted to prospective Ph.D. applicants.
    • Nuclear and Quantum Engineering Coursework(Master's Degree): Restricted to international students completing a master's degree who have consulted with their advising professors.
    • Electrical Engineering Coursework(Master's Degree): Applied only to the Dual Degree Program.
  • Cases of Non-recognition of the Completion of Coursework (Master's Degree)
    • When applying from a department/major not operating the master's degree coursework.
    • Only completing course credits or completing research credits through thesis research or thesis seminars.
  • Subject of Application : Students enrolled in master's degree programs beginning in 2001(limited to the respective department/major).
Completion of the Interdisciplinary Program
  • The interdisciplinary program is classified into two categories: students who graduate with the name of the department(interdisciplinary program) and students who graduate only by the name of the interdisciplinary program and complete the requirements.
  • Students planning to graduate with the name of the department(interdisciplinary program) shall complete the curriculum of the department and interdisciplinary program at the same time. Students planning to graduate with the name of the interdisciplinary program shall complete the curriculum of the applicable interdisciplinary program. However, students enrolled before 2002 may graduate with the name of the department(interdisciplinary program) by completing the interdisciplinary program requirements.
Completion of the Integrated Master's and Doctoral Degree Program
  • The integrated master's and doctoral degree program refers to students who have the final goal of obtaining a doctoral degree. These students begin a master's program and are admitted to a Ph.D. program without the usual requirements of submitting a master's thesis and passing a Ph.D. entrance exam.
  • Completion of the Curriculum
    • Separate curriculum requirements are not established – follow the requirements of master’s degree and Ph.D. completion requirements.
    • Course Requirements of the Integrated Program: A total of 60 credits(including at least 30 curriculum and research credits) must be acquired in addition to the credits acquired in the master's program. In addition, students must satisfy the requirements of the Ph.D. program, regulated separately by the department.
    • Curriculum and research credit earned from the master’s course may be cumulatively counted.
  • Conferment of Degree: The doctoral degree is conferred after the student fulfills the course requirements and passes the comprehensive examination and dissertation examination.
  • For a detailed description of the full number of students and the student selection procedure, refer to the operation manual of the integrated course for master's and Ph.D., as well as the recruitment instructions for each year’s master’s and Ph.D. programs.
  • Action taken for People who Drop Out from the Program: In case a student drops out, a master’s degree can be conferred if the requirements have been met.
Renaissance Program
  • A system design-centric curriculum for fostering the comprehensive thinking of graduate students established in the Spring semester of 2009.
  • Eligibility: Candidates who wish to complete the Renaissance Program through the integrated master’s and doctoral degree program.
  • Benefits: Successful participants will be conferred a certificate demonstrating the completion of the Renaissance Program.

Course Requirements

Course requirements are to be set independently by each department, as well as taking the following mandatory courses(10 credits in total):

교과과정 이수
Completion Order Category Course Number Course Credit Semester
1 Mandatory Basic CC532 Collaborative System Design and Engineering 4 Fall
2 - - System Design Course 3 Spring
3 - - System Design Project 3 Fall
Total Credits Required 10
* After completing CC 532, it is recommended that students complete the following courses in sequential order: System Design Course and System Design Project.
* Students may take design courses of departments other than their own. Students not participating in the Renaissance Program may take the above courses.

System Design Project: With the approval of the associated department, credits may be transferred for research course(thesis research) credit of the associated department.

Completion of Special Courses

Master's program students are allowed to take a total of 9 credits(the subtitles are needed for opening special courses and are recorded on academic records)

Opening and Operation of Master’s Course Leadership Lectures
  • Leadership lectures have been offered since 2002 to students in master's programs with the purpose of encouraging students to comfortably take on leadership roles after graduation.
  • Lecturers: CEO's from the industry and other well-known persons
  • Course Number and Lecture: Lab.:Credit:CC010(1:0:0)
  • Course Classification: Mandatory general course(students may graduate only after completion of this requirement).
  • Target Students: Master's program students(applicable to students enrolled beginning in 2002; general scholarship students, international students, and freshmen of the College of Business are excluded).
  • Graduation Requirement and Grading: Attend at least 5 non-credit lectures(changed from 4 lectures to 5 lectures in 2003) in order to fulfill the requirements and receive an 'S'(a grade of 'U' is given if the requirement is not fulfilled).
Opening and Operation of Ethics and Safety Courses
  • This course is for graduate students, which includes Research Ethics, Lab Safety and Human Rights &Sexual Morality. It has been offered since the Spring semester of 2009 specifically to help prevent research misconduct and accidents.
  • Course Number and Name: CC020(Mandatory basic), Ethics and Safety I
  • Target Students and Completion Period: All students at KAIST should complete Ethics and Safety I(1AU) during their before graduation at KAIST.(Students completing their master’s and Ph.D. may take the course anytime during their enrollment at KAIST)
  • Completion Procedure : Students do not have to register for the course. The course can be completed at the course website (https://eethics.kaist.ac.kr).
  • Examination Period : From the beginning of the semester through the end of it.(students may take the exam up to 10 times).
  • Evaluation : Students may complete evaluation at the course website. Students must achieve a grade of at least 80 out of 100(in at least 3 of the following Research Ethics, Lab Safety and Human Rights & Sexual Morality) depending on the requirements of the associated department.
  • Grading : Students can automatically check the course grade during the semester the course was taken(a grade of 'S' should be received).
Opening and Operation of Scientific Writing Courses
  • This course teaches graduate students English writing skills necessary for scientists and engineers. The requirements of this course are different depending on the department.
  • Course Number and Name: CC500 Scientific Writing(mandatory basic) * The course name 'Scientific Writing' was changed from 'Scientific Writing in English' in the Spring semester of 2009.
  • Credit and Grading: Lecture: Lab: Credit(3:0:3), Graded with 'S'/'U'
  • This course is managed by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • This course is recognized as a mandatory basic course – limited to the departments designating this course as a mandatory basic course.
  • International students are allowed to take HSS586(Introductory Korean for Foreigners I) instead; students from non-English speaking countries are recommended to complete CC500 and HSS586.
Opening and Operation of Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy
  • This course has been offered since 2002 to help students develop and heighten an entrepreneurial mindest and enhance their entrepreneurial & leadership skills for starting up their own global venture company filled with growth and success.
  • Course Classification and Credit: Mandatory general course(CC530), 3:0:3(3)
    • If a department has deemed this course mandatory, this course is classified as a mandatory general course.
    • If the department has not designated this course as mandatory, this course is recognized as an elective course.
  • Target: Students enrolled in a graduate program beginning in 2002.
Opening and Operation of Patent Analysis and Invention Disclosure
  • This course has been offered since the Spring semester of 2007 in order to provide graduate students with opportunities for theory and practice related to the investigation, analysis, and use of patent information necessary for scientists and engineers.
  • Course Classification and Credit: Mandatory general course(CC531), 3:0:3(6)
    • If a department has deemed this course mandatory, this course is classified as a mandatory general course.
    • If the department has not designated this course as mandatory, this course is recognized as an elective course.
Opening and Operation of Collaborative System Design and Engineering Courses
  • This course has been offered since the spring semester of 2009 as a mandatory course of the Renaissance Program, to provide graduate students with opportunities for systemic design-thinking.
  • Course Number and Name: CC532 Collaborative System Design and Engineering
  • Course Classification and Credit: Mandatory general course(CC532), 4:0:4
    • If a department has deemed this course mandatory, this course is classified as a mandatory general course.
    • If the department has not designated this course as mandatory, this course is recognized as an elective course.
    • The Department of Mechanical Engineering has deemed this course mandatory for students in the Renaissance Program and for students admitted to KAIST through the Changwon & KAIST University or as a general scholarship student.
  • All students in the Renaissance Program must complete this course.
Interim Measures and Other Measures
  • With the discontinuance of the general education course(CC030) in 1998, students must complete a seminar (1 credit) from any department(excluding general scholarship students).
  • Graduate students may complete up to 9 credits of undergraduate courses with the approval of their advising professor and department head.(Article 16, Paragraph 3 of the Guidelines on Curriculum Management)
  • General matters of curriculum requirements are based on the year of enrollment. Substitute courses must be completed in case of changes or discontinuance of courses.
  • In case of changes to the course requirement catalog or guidelines, follow departmental policies. Respective committees should decide issues of cases of objection or adjustment.