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Under the flexible curriculum, students can study in an unconstrained manner and discover research topics they want to pursue. They can forge ahead smoothly with basic studies that would lead to specialization.
The faculty’s rationally designed curriculum seeks to equip specialists with interdisciplinary knowledge to lead in the future.
Important points in the curriculum
  • ◼️Establish a curriculum shared by the three departments in the faculty, thus lowering barriers among the departments and making it easy to take courses offered by other departments
  • ◼️Provide students with solid and fundamental education in science and technology and instill in them the necessary skills for experiments and exercises in order to gain a firm foundation of knowledge and technology
  • ◼️Enable students to smoothly select or decide the path they will take during the four years while broadening their interest, as they choose from among the diverse courses offered in the first three years and focus on their chosen field of study in their fourth year
  • ◼️Provide comprehensive English language education in order to develop researchers and engineers who will play an active role on the global stage
1.Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) General Subject Group 1
(Compulsory/Compulsory Elective Courses)
In General Subject Group 1, students receive intensive education in basic science and technology—mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and informatics—to ensure that the academic performance of all students reaches a certain level. At the same time, students learn the basic skills necessary for experiments and exercises in physics, chemistry, and biology. In addition, the English for Science/Engineering class and the Outline of Science and Technology class allow students to refine their language skills and acquire knowledge so that, as researchers and engineers, they can play an active role on the frontlines of science and technology in the future.
2.Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) General Subject Group 2
(Compulsory Elective/Elective Courses)
Some 70 common science and technology courses are offered to students so that they can acquire introductory knowledge in a wide range of fields. Students can decide their field of specialization as they broaden their interest in diverse fields by studying 14 to 17 courses or more from the autumn semester of the first year to the third year. They can refine their sensibilities for and knowledge of science and technology in general by looking into various fields of specialization.
3.Department Core Courses
(Compulsory/Compulsory Elective Courses)
Compulsory courses are offered by each department from the first year to the third year to give students an overview of each department’s field of study. Students also acquire techniques required for research and development through experiments and exercises unique to each department. Based on the experience gained, students conduct graduation research (see page on the right) in the field of their choice under their thesis advisor in the fourth year.
4.Department Specialized Courses
(Choice based on key theme)
(Choice based on key theme) Third-year students choose from among the key themes and fields of each department. The key themes provide guidelines for further study in specialized courses. By acquiring high-level interdisciplinary knowledge in various fields of study according to the chosen key themes, students finally decide their field of study and at the same time gain a wide range of knowledge in related fields. They can actually feel the true joy of acquiring interdisciplinary knowledge by applying the knowledge thus obtained in the related fields to their graduation research in their fourth year.
  • Graduation Research
    In graduation research, which is a compilation of studies done during the four years, students work on the field of study they finally choose. Graduation research provides those who wish to advance to graduate school with a vital environment for them to make their debut as a researcher. Because graduation research is an important training ground for students, the small-class teaching system unique to Sophia University, which has one advisor assigned to three or four students, is all the more effective. The thesis advisors fully utilize knowledge and experience gained at the graduate school to directly guide students in their graduation research throughout the year.
  • Courses Related to Qualification
    By completing these courses, students can obtain the following licenses or qualifications: a teacher’s license (junior high school, first class [mathematics and science]; high school, first class [mathematics, industry, information, and science]); qualifications for taking examinations for a hazardous materials engineer’s license (grade A); and first-class on-the- ground special radio operator, third-class special marine radio operator, first-class technical radio operator for on-the-ground services (partial exemption of examination subjects), first-class radio operator for general services (partial exemption of examination subjects), telecommunications chief engineer (partial exemption of examination subjects), and types 1 to 3 chief electrical engineer’s license (practical experience required).
  • General Studies and Language
    The general studies courses designed for all students at Sophia University enable students to acquire a wide range of knowledge and foster comprehensive judgment and insight, based on an in-depth understanding of humanity. For English language classes, students are divided into groups according to proficiency level, which is determined from the results of placement tests.