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The Faculty of Science has the five departments of Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Materials and Biological Chemistry, Biology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences. The faculty endeavors to understand the origin of mathematical principles and nature, including the universe. It conducts education and research on the basics of natural sciences and related areas with an eye to achieving the development of man and society through harmonious coexistence with the natural environment and solving various problems of the planet Earth.
The faculty is convinced that a deep understanding of natural sciences is essential to cultivate creativity that is the driving force of innovation in science and technology. It thus strives to develop people who are well versed in basic sciences and able to flexibly deal with related academic fields and application areas. It provides special subjects common to all the five departments, small group education and individual graduation work tutoring to let students acquire a basic knowledge of natural sciences in general as well as rich humanity.
Mathematical sciences based on mathematics are becoming increasingly important. At the Department of Mathematical Sciences, students acquire basic knowledge and methods of mathematics both in theory and application through lectures and seminars, small-group seminar-style mathematics studies and graduation work.
The department makes it its goal to foster educators, engineers and researchers with abundant creativity and comprehensive judgment, who can play active roles in various areas of society on the basis of mathematical knowledge.
Physics is a branch of science that attempts to elucidate the basic laws that control all natural phenomena. The goal for students of the Department of Physics is to acquire abilities to solve problems needed to elucidate the basic laws and create new ideas. They are important also in society. Through lectures, seminars and experiments, the department teaches students in such a way as to let them acquire basic academic ability in the end even if they suffer a setback midway. Students will also acquire the ability to tackle problems on their own initiatives by doing their graduation study for a year. As a result, students will be equipped with comprehensive ability to solve problems in the field of natural sciences.
The Department of Material and Biological Chemistry conducts active education and research on a wide range of fields from material to the living body on the basis of chemistry. On top of lectures, the department stresses experiments and seminars using computers. The department is also marked by sincere efforts by its teachers to give study and career guidance. Upon turning seniors, students belong to a laboratory of physical chemistry, organic chemistry, organic synthetic chemistry, high polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, complex chemistry, materials chemistry, electrochemistry, biochemistry, biophysics or biogeochemistry to experience actual research activities. The Department of Material and Biological Chemistry hopes for applications from students eager to try a new field.
In order to deepen understanding of biotic diversity and the mechanism of the maintenance of life, the Department of Biology conducts education and research on the classification and evolution of animals and plants, affinity and systematics of organisms based on genes and proteins, symbiosis and adaptation, movement of plant communities, evolutionary ecology of animal behavior, reproduction and development of fishes and amphibians, behavioral principle of arthropods, growth of plants and origin of the cell.
The department aims at nurturing people who can play creative roles in various areas of society on the basis of biological knowledge focusing on the origin of life and understanding of the laws of nature.
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences thinks about the interaction between human beings and the earth from a global point of view with an understanding of the earth's past and today. The department emphasizes students' exposure to nature and they deepen their knowledge of the earth, global environment and disasters. The department hopes that students will forecast the future of the earth and find effective ways to solve problems facing the global environment after studying what the earth is.