The College of Science was founded in 1994 from the former College of Arts and Sciences. Currently it comprises the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Department of Psychology, and the Department of Computer Science, as well as the Graduate Institute of Neuroscience and the Graduate Institute of Applied Physics. Furthermore, it also includes the following university-level research centers and programs: the Research Center for Mind, Brain and Learning, Master Program in Digital Content and Technologies (in conjunction with the College of Communication), Patents Course Program (co-founded with the College of Law in 2010), MA Program of Counseling and Guidance (co-founded with the College of Education in 2011), Bachelor Program in Digital Content and Technologies (co-founded with the College of Communication in 2011), and the Financial Mathematics Program (co-founded with the College of Commerce in 2011). In 2012, together with the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, the international and pioneering cross-disciplinary Language, Cognition and Brain Program was established. In 2014, the Social Networks and Human-Centered Computing (SNHCC) Ph.D. Program was founded in joint collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, Academia Sinica, and National Tsing Hua University.
Direction of Development
The research and teaching focus of the College is on the integration of theory and practice, where theory serves as the corpus and practice as the method. We strive to proactively continue with the development of innovative and pioneering research as well as teaching objectives. Furthermore, we will design relevant programs and research facilities which meet both international academic research trends as well as the needs of domestic talent cultivation. We are committed to nurturing academic and practical talents with a foundation in informatics, mathematics and humanities in order to fulfill the needs of the country as well as the society. It is the hope that they will utilize their skills fully and become the future pillars of our society.
Currently the main focuses of the College are as follows:
To implement an effective support system to the teaching staff for establishing cross-disciplinary teams, which in turn bring forward the academic drive and showcase the academic features of the College of Science.
The main interdisciplinary research areas of the College are as follows:
Data Science cross-disciplinary academic development
Social Network and Service cross-disciplinary academic development
Cross-disciplinary Psychology and Neuroscience, incorporating humanities and social sciences
Financial Mathematics and Computational Science cross-disciplinary academic development
To implement the Elaboration Theory of Instruction and emphasize natural and liberal education
To provide comprehensive teaching resources and infrastructure as well as to expand academic resources
To enhance the visibility and impact of the College of Science and all of its affiliated departments and institutes
To strengthen academic internationalization and global exchange
To increase inter-college cooperation
Vision of Development
To become a first-rate international educational and research institute in computational science, psychology and neuroscience, which incorporates humanities and social sciences
To provide a sound scientific foundation for the students of the entire University
Establish an effective mechanism and encourage teaching staff to implement interdepartmental and intercollegiate cooperation, starting out with current research directions of each Department; develop teaching and research methods to incorporate humanities and social sciences to the College of Science.
Maintain comprehensive infrastructure, teaching resources and facilities as well as expand external academic resources to ensure a long-term level of competitiveness.
Cultivate outstanding academic talents and leaders, proactively promote external participation and cooperation, and enhance academic and social visibility and impact.
Integrate courses to effectively decrease teaching load Emphasize the harmonious development of teaching and research, and improve quality of education; emphasize natural and liberal education.
Focus on the value of diversity -- apart from teaching and research, in accordance to their own strengths and interests, encourage students and staff to engage in careers which create value, such as international exchange and cooperation, industry cooperation and technology transfer, and professional consultancy and service.
Strengthen academic internationalization and global exchange to increase international visibility.