The Department of Chemistry was established in 1955 with an undergraduate program offering a Bachelor of Science degree. From 1974, a graduate degree in Applied Chemistry was jointly offered by the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. This program was separated in 1981 with these two departments offering their own graduate programs. In 1983, a doctorate program was established. In 1999, a material chemistry division was added to the department along with an evening program for masters degree. The department provides a full complement of undergraduate and graduate courses in important aspects of modern chemistry. The department sees itself as one of the contributors to Taiwans technological and economic development by attaining academic achievements in chemistry and for matriculating highly qualified chemists.
The undergraduate programs of this department provide the fundamentals in chemistry required for students who either embark on a chemical vocation within educational, governmental, or industrial institutions, or further pursue advanced study in chemistry or related areas. The department focuses on research projects including, but not limited to, (1) studies on preparations and properties of novel materials, (2) method developments for analysis, (3) biomedical chemistry, and (4) synthetic chemistry.