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Applied Chemistry




Foundation History

The Department of Applied Chemistry was founded in 2010 with the mission of becoming one of the leading research centers in traditional medicine as well as other applications in Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry, both regionally and nationally. The main duty of the Department is covering all Chemistry related courses in IU and producing high quality research projects. The Department’s vision and mission are taken from the School of Biotechnology and are consistent with those of International University and Viet Nam National University – HCMC. Members of the Department of Applied Chemistry are active in research. Major areas include optimization of extraction methods from traditional plants, bioinformatics, computational simulation, chemical synthesis, genetic extraction and modification, and bioactivity testing. They are authors or co-authors of many research papers published in distinguished international and national journals as well as many international conferences.


Achieving leadership in education, research, and social responsibility at the national and international levels and becoming the research and world-class School/Department.


Innovation and excellence in education and scientific research in biochemistry, Knowledge creation and human talent cultivation, the graduation of students highly skilled scientifically and technically, and the contribution to the service and development of the community.

Program Objectives

The biochemistry undergraduate program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in science and applied biochemistry, with an emphasis on scientific research, practical skills, and a multidisciplinary approach. It is tailored to meet the needs and demands of the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and nutrition industries in Vietnam.

This program strives to expand the frontiers of scientific knowledge to improve the production and quality of drugs, cosmetics, and food products, and to contribute to the economic growth of the country and the global advancement of pharmacy, cosmetics, and nutritional sciences, safety, and sustainability.

Graduates of the program will be equipped with the proper knowledge and skills in biochemistry, as well as professional integrity. Therefore, the Program Objectives (POs) have been clearly formulated. Graduates of the program will obtain those quality:

PO 1: Training students to gain basic knowledge of mathematics, natural and social sciences to be ready to join the international workforce, and meet the demand of economic development, national industrialization and modernization.

PO 2: Training students to have theoretical and practical knowledge with solid expertise and professional ethics; to have management, critical thinking, communication, and multi-disciplinary teamwork skills.

PO 3: Training students to be capable of working in the biochemical and chemical organization such as factories, research institutes, hospitals, universities, high schools, and in businesses of related fields such as cosmeceutics, nutrition, biotechnology, agriculture, environment, food and pharmaceutical, etc...

PO 4: Training students with adequate knowledge and lifelong learning spirit, to continue to study in biochemistry, chemistry, biotechnology graduate programs in Vietnam or abroad.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The ILOs detailed by BC Program are detailed below:

(1) Upon graduation, our students should be able to:

Identify Biochemistry-relevant fundamental knowledge of mathematics, economics, social, and the natural sciences. (Generic knowledge)

(2) Display methodological competence and apply this in other contexts to identify and solve subject-specific problems effectively. (Generic skills)

(3) Acquire fundamental and professional knowledge of core subjects in Biochemistry. (Specific knowledge)

(4) Perform independent practical work safely in laboratories in Biochemistry and related fields; and gather, interpret, and evaluate scientific data. (Specific skills)

(5) Adhere to safety, environmental and ethical issues and responsibilities as well as the associated legal fundamentals. (Attitudes)

(6) Conduct research projects, apply modern techniques in development of biochemical products. (Application)

(7) Recognize the need and engage in life-long learning and professional life preparation. (Life-long learning)

(8) Function in interdisciplinary teams and acquire communication, leadership, management skills. (Development)


Video clip introducing the program facilities and equipment