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Educational Objectives of Each Department

The departments of the Faculty of Science have set up the following educational objectives.

Department of Mathematics

Mathematics is a logic- and universality-based discipline that represents human culture. With the recent advancement of a computer-based information society, mathematics has been playing an increasingly important role in a diverse and advanced range of areas. With this situation in mind, the Department of Mathematics is committed to providing education focused on the development of creativity, aiming at fostering individuals equipped with a basic knowledge of mathematics and the ability to make comprehensive judgment based on a mathematical sense and a broad range of general knowledge.

To this end, we focus our efforts on:

-     Providing systematic, step-by-step educational programs from the basics to specialized areas, with due consideration given to connections from senior high school to university and graduate school education.

-     Encouraging individual initiative and providing the ability to express oneself in mathematics.

-     Offering individual career counseling that responds to the various needs of students, from those aspiring to become a researcher or a junior/senior high school teacher, to those with an interest in neighboring disciplines or computation simulation.

-     Improving our educational environment: mathematics library, computer room, seminar room, etc.

 

Department of Physical Science

<Educational objectives at each year level in the undergraduate program>

We provide step-by-step education based on students’ learning progress and understanding.

Basics: In the first year, students learn the foundations of physics and mathematics.

Specialization: In the second and third years, students learn the foundations of modern physics (electromagnetics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, etc.) and perform specialized experiments.

Applied and hands-on learning: In the fourth year, students acquire problem-solving abilities and improve the presentation skills through graduation work etc.

<Goals on the completion of the undergraduate program>

The Department of Physical Science has set the goals students are expected to achieve during their four-year undergraduate program, depending on the future career each individual aims for.

At the completion of the undergraduate program, student will have:

-     The basic ability to identify potential problems across a wide variety of phenomena, make a logical approach and understand the principles behind such a problem in terms of physical science, and solve the problem. (Development of comprehensive ability)

-     The ability to apply the knowledge and skills in physics required to play an active part in the industrial, educational and other worlds. (Development of practical and applicable skills)

-      Fundamental knowledge of physical science and the ability to develop a methodology to approach an issue, both of which are required to pursue research activities at graduate school level. (Development of specialized skills)
 

Department of Chemistry

Chemistry has been playing an increasingly important role in the natural sciences as a field of study that serves as a key foundation for materials science and as a platform to elucidate the highly complex and sophisticated area of life science at the molecular and mass levels. To respond to this, the Department of Chemistry aims to foster human resources who have a basic and systematic knowledge of chemistry and who also have practical and applicable skills and problem-solving abilities based on an extensive and in-depth knowledge of chemistry. We place importance on a systematic education involving the development of basic experimental technique. We are also committed to the development of human resources equipped with a broad perspective that allows them to adapt to the development of a broad range of sciences and contribute to enhancing chemistry education (including responding to various environmental issues and meeting the needs of the advanced information age) and reinforcing the fundamental education of life science.

Taking the issue of students becoming increasingly diversified in their motivation and ability to learn as a good opportunity to develop individuality, the Department of Chemistry provides students with advice and instructions based on the directions they pursue and personal qualities, under the slogan, “face-to-face education.”

Our concrete objectives are as follows:

-     Provide a comprehensive education, including offering guidance and advice on campus life in general, by promoting communication between students and instructors.

-     Promote systematic education of the basics in key areas of chemistry.

-     Equip students with experimental techniques that will enable them to respond to the latest science and technology in a wide range of areas, by placing importance on laboratory work.

-     Offer education that responds to informatization and internationalization.

 

Department of Biological Science

At the Department of Biological Science, we aim at developing human resources who can play an active part as researchers and highly specialized experts, by providing education and research using various living organisms so that students can understand the fundamental laws that govern a wide variety of biological phenomena from the molecular level to the mass level. To this end, we provide lectures and laboratory work with a focus on the following:

-     A curriculum that minimizes the number of compulsory courses for specialized education and allows more optional courses in order to enhance students’ motivation to learn.

-      Importance placed on basic experiments so that students can learn various types of experimental methodologies from fieldwork to laboratory work at a molecular level.

-     Attach great importance to graduation research as a subject that brings profound educational effects by providing students with an opportunity to realize how interesting it is to pursue research and acquire specialized knowledge and skills.

Department of Earth and Planetary Systems Science

The Department of Earth and Planetary Systems Science is designed to provide a systematic education on the basis that the Earth is a planet in the Solar System, covering a wide array of studies on the evolution of the Solar System, the formation and development of the Earth, exploration of the Earth’s interior, changes in the Earth’s environment, underground resources, natural disasters, and the natural environment. Our concrete objectives are as follows:

Specialized knowledge/skills and analytical ability in the area of Earth and planetary systems science

We will develop human resources equipped with a wide range of knowledge, specialized techniques, and analytical ability in the area of Earth and planetary systems science, by offering lectures to develop basic and broad knowledge in the first year of the four-year undergraduate program and giving lectures with a focus on the development of more specialized knowledge in the later years.

Curriculum that meets diverse student needs and interest

At the later stage of the undergraduate program, we will provide students with an education that meets their diverse needs and interests and allows students to develop expertise, by expanding the range of elective courses for laboratory work, practical work and seminars.


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