Earth and Planetary Systems Science

In the Department of Earth and Planetary Systems Science, through detailed field investigations and through research using computers and high performance analysis instruments, it has become possible to understand the formation processes and evolution of the planets of our solar system more systematically. 

In the midst of these developments, this department is committed to providing education and research across a wide range of fields including past and current geoscientific phenomena that occurred in the Earth’s surface layer and in the interior of the Earth (including orogeny, formation of resource substances, igneous activities, efflorescence, and sedimentation), the early evolution of the solar system, the Earth’s interior structure and mantle dynamics, earthquakes, changes in extinct organisms and global environments, natural disasters, etc. 

Many newly-enrolled students do not study geoscience at senior high school. Because of this, the curriculum is formulated so that even students like these who are starting from scratch will develop an interest in the subject and deepen their understanding. In lectures on specialized subjects, attempts are made to cover the range from an introduction to the most basic tasks in these fields to presentations on topics on the frontiers of Earth and planetary sciences, which are in the course of development. 

The techniques that are used cover a wide range extending from field geological surveys to numerical simulation using state-of-the-art analysis instruments and supercomputers. Education utilizing a large number of research outcomes that have received high evaluations in international conferences is provided. 

Meanwhile, students are also expected to steadily study basic mathematics, physics, and chemistry, all of which are required in the study of Earth and planetary science. 

It is an important mission for us humankind to clarify the history of the Earth, humankind was born and brought up, and of the other planets, and to predict future scenarios for the Earth and other planets. We look forward to the enrollment of large numbers of students with flexible mental capacities and creative minds who are interested in these sciences and filled with eagerness.