The Faculty of Science is dedicated to instilling basic academic ability in the sciences coupled with general knowledge, with further priority given to specialized education aimed at development and synthesis pursued with practical applications in mind.
The faculty is comprised of four departments (that respectively focus on mathematics and physics, information science, materials science, and biology) and one interdisciplinary program, all of which strive to educate individuals who pursue their work with a comprehensive perspective in the context of society.
Established in 2006, this new program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that cuts across the boundaries of the four existing departments to ensure a well-rounded education that combines broad knowledge of the sciences with exposure to the liberal arts. During the first two years, students acquire a firm grounding in mathematics, physics, information science and other natural sciences. During the last two years they are assigned to specific laboratories within one of the four departments, where they pursue more specialized study.
Students in this department focus primarily on the key principles of computing mechanisms and operating systems, and on the fundamental theories and core technologies of software, such as algorithms and software design. They are also given broad exposure to the latest technologies and applications in areas such as Internet/web technologies, encryption and security, parallel distributed architecture, and intelligent systems. This allows them not simply to acquire expertise in information science, but also to develop conceptual and analytical strategies and the capacity to apply information science approaches throughout wider society.
This department was established to cultivate researchers and engineers who can play key roles in the development of core technologies for the new industries of the 21st century.
Mathematics and physics provide the disciplinary foundations of science and engineering. Through study in these fields, students acquire theoretical approaches and fundamental knowledge with a wide range of applications. In their first year of study, students select from one of the following two courses in which to pursue their subsequent learning and research.
● Course in Mathematics
Designed to produce well-balanced, capable graduates, the curriculum of the Course in Mathematics combines mathematical fundamentals at the beginning of the course and various fields of pure and applied mathematics toward the end, complemented by a wealth of small-group classes and seminars.
● Course in Physics
Lectures in this course are linked closely to activities in seminars and laboratory sessions, providing students with a solid grounding in physics from the fundamentals through to specialist fields. Graduates will have the capacity to mobilize their theoretical knowledge in a variety of applications.
The discipline of chemistry, which clarifies the structure and characteristics of matter and enables the creation of new
substances, lies at the very heart of many sciences and technologies. This department offers both lectures and laboratory work that enable students to learn chemistry as a basic science, while also helping them to master such practical fields as materials science and environmental chemistry.
The laboratory work i.e. experiments using advanced equipment are also carried out at the High-Tech Research Center. In addition, new project “Research for the creation of Green/Life Innovation based on sunlight” has started in 2012. This project is dedicated to the development of novel reaction systems and energy conversion systems based on solar energy as well as utilization of unused biomass.
A knowledge of the biological sciences is essential in the quest to solve various issues related to human coexistence with nature, including environmental conservation, the securing of biological resources, and the development of regenerative medical treatments, to name a few. This department offers three courses that provide specialized knowledge of the biological sciences, enable students to apply that knowledge, and cultivate in them the ability to use new technologies.
● Course in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Students in this course study biological phenomena from the perspective of molecular properties.
● Course in Individual and Cellular Biology
Organisms are investigated in terms of cellular structure and characteristics.
● Course in Natural History and Ecology
Emphasis is placed on the study of the biosphere created by groups of organisms and their living environment.