Faculty of Life Sciences
Taking on issues affecting life and the global environment.
The Faculty of Life Sciences is comprised of three departments: the Department of Molecular Biosciences, the Department of Bioresource and Environmental Sciences, and the Department of Animal Medical Sciences. Students acquire an integrated understanding of the global environment and the life of plants and animals—including human beings—through which they become valuable human resources able to solve the problems that these fields must address. Furthermore, another focus is on improving language skills, through our Global Science Course, and data processing skills. In this faculty, an education is provided through small group seminars, and an effective combination of lectures and practicum courses.
Students take basic life science courses common to all three departments along with specialized courses in each department in order to acquire a wide range of knowledge from the molecular level to the organism to the surrounding environment, and become fully cognizant of bioethical issues and the social responsibilities of the biotechnology industry. The department prepares graduates with adaptable skills for working in high-growth areas related to the life sciences in a world of increasingly complex technologies.
Department of Molecular Biosciences
This department provides a basic education that focuses on promoting a comprehensive understanding of biological activity at the molecular, cellular, and organism levels—biological activity in terms of life systems.
Department of Bioresource and Environmental Sciences
In this department students get a basic education and also explore more efficient strategies, such as recycling, to maximize benefits from the limited bioresources on this planet.
Department of Animal Medical Sciences
In this department, students receive a solid education based on human welfare and food safety, by exploring the background of human-animal interaction, which includes diseases transmissible from animals to humans or vice versa (zoonosis).
The Faculty of Life Sciences is at present preparing to open a graduate school division in April 2014. The faculty strives to equip students with higher levels of knowledge and laboratory technique, and actively encourages its students to go on to post-graduate level.
The post-graduate course addresses such issues as the social mandate of the life sciences, namely elucidation of the mysteries of life’s fabric and structures, eradication of diseases that still plague humanity, the development of sustainable and recyclable resources to enable a shift away from resource depletion, and the discovery of ways to prevent infectious diseases.
The faculty, at both under-graduate and post-graduate levels, welcomes students from foreign countries and actively sends Japanese exchange students to other countries, thereby cultivating internationally capable graduates.