Division of Science
Pursuing truth and the challenge of the unknown fosters advanced knowledge and skills.
Great progress has been made in recent years in science, in particular mathematics and physics, in the pursuit of the truths of nature. This theoretical achievement has led to many kinds of societal progress and highlighted the importance of science to the world. The Division of Science seeks individuals who have a curiosity and strong interest in science, and who are keen to discover new problems and look for ways to solve them.
The Division of Science employs a dual major system in mathematics and physics, and seeks individuals who possess a broad base of knowledge in one field or the other and a rich, deep knowledge and competency in one particular area. Based on close guidance from tutors, students develop the abilities needed by researchers and other professionals to discover problems, resolve them, and share their findings. The division also aims to train individuals to be fully aware of making a contribution to society and the responsibility belonging to science in that capacity.
The Mathematics Course has experts in basic mathematics such as algebra, geometry, and analysis; and in applied mathematics for learning the mathematics behind nature and society and exploring math for programming.
The Physics Course covers a wide range of fields, including material science, astrophysics and cosmic physics, and earth sciences and environmental sciences. The school’s astronomical observatory, used for teaching and research, features one of the largest reflecting telescopes at a private university in Japan.
In the first year of the pre-doctoral program, students take a wide range of basic subjects to gain basic knowledge in either mathematics or physics, after which they take specialized courses to learn advanced theory or methods of experimenting or observation in specialized areas. Under the guidance of a faculty member, students will read literature on a specialized topic or conduct experiments or observations, through which they develop the necessary qualities for becoming a researcher or skilled professional. Students are encouraged and given support to participate in conferences both in Japan and overseas and to present the findings of their work and construct networks with other colleagues in their field.
The syllabus will be enhanced and the curriculum revised to improve educational quality assurance for the future.