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First-Year Compulsory Courses

Compulsory courses for all first-year students of the Faculty of Science and Technology include the following in addition to the Experiments & Exercises in Basic Science
  • Outline of Science & Technology
    Students aim to acquire knowledge in a wide range of science and engineering fields and basic knowledge required for taking specialized courses offered by their department, as well as to learn safety and ethics in science.
  • Mathematics A1 (Linear Algebra)
    Students learn linear algebra, which provides the foundation for understanding all science and technology courses. This course not only serves as a foundation for learning engineering, physics, etc. but also is indispensable to study specialized courses.
  • Mathematics B1 (Calculus)
    Calculus is the basis of mathematics and should be studied continuously. This course includes multivariable calculus, vector analysis, differential equations, and complex analysis, and like Mathematics A1 (Linear Algebra), it is indispensable to studies of various fields, such as engineering and physics.
  • Mathematics Exercises 1
    In this course, students do exercises based on the contents of lectures on Mathematics A1 (Linear Algebra) and Mathematics B1 (Calculus).
  • Basic Physics
    Students review what they have learned in mechanics, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics, to understand basic concepts in those fields. They start by learning the basics of differential calculus and vector analysis, and then, starting from the equations of motion, the lecturer explains the conservation law for each equation. In electromagnetism, the lecturer discusses basic concepts of electric charge, current, and voltage, and the fundamental laws of electrostatic fields and static magnetic fields. In thermodynamics, the discussion focuses on the basic laws of heat, temperature, pressure, and so forth in the macroscopic descriptions of phenomena.
  • Basic Chemistry
    Chemistry is a discipline that deals with research on the nature of materials and their changes. The objective of this course is to study the three areas required for understanding basic chemistry: (1) the basics of chemistry and the structures of atoms, (2) the periodic nature of elements, and (3) chemical bonds and molecular structures. Specifically, the lecturer explains atomic structures, electron arrangements, and energy states; the concept of covalent bonds based on molecular orbitals and hybrid orbitals; and various types of chemical bonds, such as ionic, metallic, and hydrogen bonds.
  • Basic Biology
    The purpose of this course is to acquire basic knowledge in biology as part of higher education. Students review and confirm what they had learned in high school, including the structures and functions of molecules and cells that constitute living bodies; the transmission and expression of genetic information; and the activity and regulation of individuals. At the same time, lectures also touch on new developments in modern biology and the relationship between biotechnology and society.
  • Basic Informatics
    In order to enable students to understand technology and architecture that have given rise to the versatility of computers, the lecturer gives comprehensive lectures on hardware and software configuration and the structures of numerical and non-numerical data. (Specifically, lectures cover (1) hardware configuration; (2) machine language programs and the mechanism of CPU; (3) software; (4) various types of equipment, networks, and their interfaces; (5) operating systems; (6) programming language; (7) the structure of numerical data; (8) the structure of character data; and (9) the structure of visual and voice data.)