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Specialized Courses

The new framework adopted by the departments differs from the traditional system of learning. Students can decide which department they wish to enter on the basis of the high school subjects they excelled in and the field of specialization they plan to major in when they advance to graduate school.

  • The Department of Materials and Life Sciences combines physics, chemistry, and life sciences. Students study the fundamental elemental composition of matter and elucidate phenomena and stages of atoms, molecules, macromolecules, and life. They also apply what they have learned to promote industrial advancement and environmental protection.
    High school subjects that one excelled in
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Biology
    Contents of key themes students choose in the third year
    • Materials and Nanotechnology
      Based on physics, chemistry, and life sciences, students analyze fundamental particles in the form of atoms and molecules, matter, and life phenomena, and effectively use knowledge thus acquired to promote advances in industry.
    • Harmonization of Life and Environment
      Students understand the correlations among science and technology, the environment, and life phenomena, and contribute to resolving such global issues as the reduction of environmental impact and the preservation of ecosystems.
    • Creation of Highly Functional Materials
      This theme combines knowledge in chemistry, physics, biology, materials science, and environmental science to create materials having innovative functions that support today’s advanced society.
    Examples of specialized courses for the key themes
    Laser Science
    Lasers are indispensable to people’s lives as they are widely used in various areas, including information and communications, healthcare, energy, basic sciences, and electrical appliances. Students understand the principles and characteristics of lasers and acquire knowledge required for their application.
    Plant Biotechnology
    Students deepen knowledge of genetic engineering using plants within the themes of plant tissue culture, gene transfer technology, development of genetically modified crops, and safety and technical issues that have continued to evolve to this day.
    Medicinal Chemistry
    (Organic Chemistry of
    Biomolecules and Medicines)
    Students learn methods to synthesize organic compounds that have the properties, reactivities, and functional characteristics of heteroatoms. Such compounds are useful for the development of pharmaceuticals.
    Organic and Natural Product Chemistry
    Students learn methods to chemically synthesize natural organic compounds with diverse biological activities and complex structures.
    Phylogeny & Evolution
    Diverse organisms that live on Earth today have evolved while adapting to the environment. Students learn how these organisms have arisen by relating their evolutionary processes to genes.
    The purpose of biophysics is to understand life phenomena and chemical reactions governing them based on physics. Through lectures, students develop the ability to understand the relationship between three-dimensional structures and the functions of biological macromolecules from the perspective of atoms and molecules.
    Fine Polymer Chemistry
    Students learn how to synthesize polymer materials with unique characteristics and functions, such as electron and ion conductivity, luminescence, hyperintensity, and biocompatibility. They also examine the application of polymer materials to fuel cells, electroluminescent devices, artificial hearts, and so forth.
    Soft Matter
    Students learn the unique characteristics of soft matter, such as liquid crystal, gel, and surface-active agents, which have properties intermediate of those of solids and liquids, by linking them with their chemical structures and physical characteristics.
    Cell Biotechnology
    Students learn material production capabilities useful for environmental management and human life and such processes as metabolism and its applications, using mainly microorganisms with diverse metabolic pathways despite having a simple regime and a small genome.
  • The Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences combines applied sciences and engineering as the foundation for research in physics. Students explore the truth by understanding natural phenomena, such as heat, electromagnetism, and motion, and develop science (physics) and engineering (machinery, electricity, and electronics) that underpin the progress of humankind, by controlling such phenomena appropriately.
    High school subjects that one excelled in
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    Contents of key themes students choose in the third year
    • Generation and Utilization of Energy
      Methods to efficiently generate, transmit, and use thermal, fluid, electrical, and renewable energies are pursued, contributing to realizing a recycling-oriented society that coexists with nature.
    • Understanding Substances and Creating Materials/Devices
      Students gain an understanding of the properties of materials, such as superconductors, semiconductors, metals, and magnetic substances, and create optical and electronic devices with new functions and other functional materials.
    • Manufacturing and Creating Systems
      The objectives are to pursue futuristic manufacturing that is friendly to humans and the environment, and to develop creative systems that control design, analysis, and experiments.
    Examples of specialized courses for the key themes
    Thermal Energy Conversion
    Using internal combustion engines as an example, students gain a profound understanding of the process by which thermal energy is converted into power and the parameters that affect energy efficiency as they attempt to maximize it.
    Power Electronics
    This course enables students to learn about power electronics—electricity conversion control technology that uses power semiconductors. This technology has been adopted recently by systems that handle electric power, including those that drive motors of electric trains, robots, and other machines, as well as renewable energy systems.
    Physics of Superconductivity
    To understand superconducting phenomena, students learn the fundamentals of electric conduction properties and superconductivity at low temperature as well as master knowledge that would serve as the basis of superconducting materials design. Furthermore, students learn engineering applications that will play roles in next-generation energy.
    Energy & Materials
    Students alternately study metal materials used in extreme environments ranging from thermal and nuclear power generation to future hydrogen energy societies, and basic sciences that serve as the foundation for such studies.
    Students learn the basic structures Students learn the basic structures of optoelectronic devices, such as semiconductor lasers and photo detectors, and the principles of operation, as well as optical fiber communications and other systems and their applications.
    Quantum Statistical Mechanics
    Students learn how to handle groups of particles that follow the principles of quantum mechanics—a body of knowledge that is indispensable to understand how materials, particularly microscopic ones, behave at low temperatures. Focus is given to metals and semiconductors in order to deepen students’ understanding of materials.
    Robotic Systems
    Students acquire basic knowledge to analyze and control robotic movement. In particular, they study the fundamentals of robot kinematics, trajectory planning, attitude control, and trajectory tracking control.
    Machine Design
    Students learn in concrete terms the process of drawing industrial solutions that satisfy performance and functional requirements when they design and develop new equipment and systems based on users’needs.
    Students learn nanomaterials in particular, which are discussed at the same level as nanotechnology, a technology based on new concepts that are expected to produce new functions.
  • With mathematics as the main pillar of research, the Department of Information and Communication Sciences combines computer science, electrical and electronics engineering, and life sciences and even covers the humanities and social sciences. Students use information science, which enables diverse analyses and studies by expressing phenomena numerically and structuralizing them for processing, to promote learning, contribute to the advancement of industry, and harmonize and develop society.
    High school subjects that one excelled in
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Information Science
    Contents of key themes students choose in the third year
    • Human Information Science
      Students analyze humans from the perspective of information science and understand their essence. They also use informatics for humans to achieve sound social development.
    • Communication
      The aim is to learn information and communication technology (ICT) that enables high-speed exchange of digital information by interconnecting computers, people, and things, and to contribute to its development.
    • Social Information Science
      In this theme, students consider information as the foundation for businesses, organizations, and societies, and aim to use it efficiently and establish information systems that would benefit both humans and the society.
    • Mathematics
      Students learn mathematics in depth from the basics, which is indispensable for all sciences including information engineering and for the development of modern society.
    Examples of specialized courses for the key themes
    Learning, Memory, and Cognition
    Students study a wide range of brain functions, including emotions and thinking, and emphasis is placed on the aspect of networking.
    Students study the mechanisms of intercellular and intracellular signal transduction and their changes in relation to disease, and the construction of neural networks and their application.
    Welfare & Information
    The aim of this course is to deepen students’ understanding of support for physically challenged persons from the perspective of information science. Students think of ways to communicate with persons with hearing impairment or speech disorder, and analyze the relationships between current welfare/healthcare and information.
    Fundamental Signal Theory
    The aim is to learn about signals that transmit information, from basic information theory (amount of information, coding, etc.) to various techniques used in actual information communication (Fourier transform, signal analysis, etc.).
    Information & Communication Engineering
    Students learn basic technologies such as modulation and demodulation methods for transmitting signals by radio waves and transmission methods and network configurations for mobile phones and wireless LANs; and their application to practical services.
    Computing Architecture
    Students learn network computing, which provides advanced services through the cooperative operation of multiple computers via an information network.
    Information Systems Engineering
    Students gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and systematic aspects of the purpose/ definition, type, configuration, processing unit, component, and form of development, according to the requirements for developing information systems.
    Production Engineering
    Students learn process systems, such as the design of factory layout and production lines, which involve the flow of goods from raw materials to finished products, and management systems, such as production planning and inventory control, which involve the flow of information.
    Simulation Engineering
    Students learn from various angles simulation technologies that reproduce reality in a virtual environment, and conduct various experiments. The topics discussed include the types of simulation, such as discrete and continuous ones, and their validity.
    Algebra (Galois Theory)
    Students learn the basics of the Galois theory, which is considered to be the “Sugaku no Hana” (the most attractive branch of mathematics) and the foundation of various theories in modern mathematics, and plays an essential role in the coding theory and cryptography used in information mathematics.
    Geometry (Manifolds)
    A manifold is a space in which a position is specified locally on a map like the surface of the earth. Students learn calculus on manifolds, which is essential for understanding the whole space by connecting local geometric structures.
    Basic Mathematical Finance
    Mathematical finance is used for risk management and financial business, such as exchange, interest rates, derivatives, and insurance. Students use basic concepts of the probability theory to learn the fundamentals of mathematical finance with focus on the determination of option prices.