Message from the Dean
Dean of the Faculty of Science,
Professor Nobuhiro Kihara
“From intellectual curiosity to the realization of a rich, globalized society”
Throughout history, science began and evolved from the continual, underlying question asked by human beings: Why is the world like this? To answer this question, we established a comprehensive program comprising four departments—Mathematics and Physics, Information Sciences, Chemistry, and Biological Sciences—in the Faculty of Science at Kanagawa University. These departments encompass all the natural science fields that concern the study of the phenomena, systems, principles, and logic of the world. The frameworks of these subjects are compatible with each other; moreover, these departments correspond to the science classes in high school, such as mathematics, science, and informatics. The Faculty of Science also offers the Integrated Science Program—which is unique to our faculty—for those students who want to major in all the scientific fields. Students in this program study every field of science in their first two years and subsequently select one major in the third grade to write their graduation thesis. Accordingly, the various options available at the Faculty of Science will meet any wishes of students.
Technology based on science has markedly developed over the centuries. For example, we have stopped using paper maps, and instead use an automotive navigation system or a similar application installed on a smartphone. These systems and applications are based on the Global Positioning System (GPS) and are quite accurate. The GPS relies on the gravity theories established by Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Needless to say, these two pioneers developed their gravity theories from the question, Why is the world like this? Newton and Einstein never directed their studies toward the GPS or any other useful modern technologies. They simply followed their personal curiosity—in other words, the aforementioned question—and their science changed the world. This is the importance of science.
At the Faculty of Science, you will experience a scientific point of view, which is the way to navigate and understand the world. Any technology is useless without scientific skills, and even though science itself has no economic advantages, you can contribute to society by utilizing your considerable knowledge and essential understanding of science.
Science is one of the most basic of human endeavors; it is a common language between people. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to study several liberal arts classes—including foreign language classes. Thorough knowledge of cultures and the ability to communicate with others are necessary for you to contribute to the global society and receive the rewards of your efforts from our science-based society.
The quality of the research activities of the Faculty of Science is exceptional. In the High-Tech Research Center, we have large, high-level instruments that are necessary for innovative scientific research. Furthermore, these valuable instruments are used for undergraduate educational applications.
A well-rounded education is the goal of our program. Our basic science classes, which are provided for students who could not take some science classes in high school, comprise various scientific fields. Moreover, these classes are effective for students who lack sufficient knowledge of a certain area of science. The Educational Support Center employs experienced high school teachers who support the students as they relearn essential educational subject matter.
Another feature of our program is that the faculty closely relates to the students; accordingly, every class is carefully prepared for them. All students must belong to a laboratory to write their graduation theses; education in the laboratory is personal, substantial, and comprehensive. The teacher-directed students are registered in the Teacher-Training Course and are personally guided by specialized professors.
All the students largely develop their abilities during the four years they spend in our program. Their personal and educational development is too extensive to even measure. It is the most delightful pleasure for us to say that we are very proud of the achievements of our graduating students.