Faculty of Science

Message from the Dean

Professor Kazuo Yamaguchi

Dean of the Faculty of Science,
Kanagawa University
Professor Kazuo Yamaguchi

“From intellectual curiosity to the realization of a rich, globalized society”

The Japanese word for “science” as an academic field of study is “rigaku,” and this term is written using two Chinese characters: 理, which means “reason” or “logos,” and 学, which means “study” or “learn.” As these characters imply, rigaku is a fundamental field of study in the pursuit of truth, and a form of inquiry that originates in humanity’s intellectual curiosity. Students who choose the faculty of science presumably enjoyed or found they had an aptitude for subjects such as mathematics, information sciences, or the natural sciences when they studied them in high school. In our Faculty of Science there are four departments ー Mathematics and Physics, Information Sciences, Chemistry, and Biology ー and we have prepared curricula for students who would like to learn about these specialized fields. There is also an “Integrated Science Program” for those who would like to study science and mathematics on a broader basis or who are not yet able to decide on a specialization. First and foremost, I want students to engage in their studies in the Faculty of Science with a strong sense of intellectual curiosity.

As a result of technology developed through science, the first, second and third industrial revolutions, brought about by the steam engine, electricity, and the computer respectively, made great contributions to human life in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It has been said that the fourth industrial revolution will be the “Internet of Things (IoT).” Artificial intelligence (AI) has also received a lot of attention, and modern scientific technology is progressing so rapidly it is almost impossible for human beings to keep up. In such an era, too, it is science that forms the essential foundation of progress and enables technological innovation.

I would like to mention two things I hope our students will also acquire outside of our specialized subjects: a broad cultural education and strong communication skills. In collaboration with the Faculty of Business Administration located on the same campus, we offer liberal arts courses in foreign languages, the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We even encourage students to minor in one of these subjects offered by the Faculty of Business Administration. It is through this kind of international, interdisciplinary flow of ideas that a rich, globalized society capable of reaping the benefits of scientific technology becomes possible.