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Department of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering

■Purpose of the discipline

The new department consists of 6 programs, which covers basic scientific fields that were a popular topic among Nobel prizes, to engineering fields that sustain a technology-oriented nation, Japan. Students begin to study basic subjects that nourish scientific and engineering points of view and ways of thinking and that are also common contents for all programs. The curriculum helps students to move from basics to their major smoothly. The second year is the actual start of studying a major; physics, life science and chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, architecture, or environment and ecology. Applicants are able to take general admission exams with either nomination of major or without it (the latter is known as flexible admission). In the case of a flexible admission, students study basic subjects and then choose a major program just before starting the second year.


■Features

The curriculum for the first year is based on the common subjects for the 6 programs, which consist of basic science and engineering that are regarded as an application of science. It emphasizes hands-on based learning.
Experience based subjects such as “experimental session”, “project” and “independence and experience” include essences of each specialized programs are a guideline to select a major for students. Also, we provide subjects of mathematics, physics and chemistry to review because these areas become the base of any major. As they are one-on-one based sessions, students have chances to overcome a weak subject through their use.


■School of Science and Engineering / Department of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering

Department of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Program in Physics
Devices such as TVs and mobile phones were developed by revealing the behaviour of electromagnetic waves, atoms and electrons. The mission of physics is to figure out invisible laws of nature. Starting out of curiosity and inquiry, students uncover mysteries and wonders.
Program in Life Science and Chemistry
Chemistry works out structures, reactions and behaviours of substances at molecular and atomic levels. Life phenomenon can be understood as interactions among biological molecules such as DNA and proteins. With a solid knowledge of chemistry, students can expand their study to Bioscience, Molecular Science, and Environmental Science.
Program in Mechanical Engineering
This field is the centre of Engineering. Mechanical Engineering is one of Japan’s specialities, leading the world in automobiles, home appliances and the cutting edged robotic technologies. This program nurtures engineers who take over and develop mechanical technologies covering design, developing, and manufacturing.
Program in Electrical Engineering
The program covers a wide range of fields; electrical energy including power development and facility design, atoms which are the key for personal computers and mobile phones, information processing, and communications. The program provides a unique and simple explanation of matters often regarded as difficult.
Program in Architecture
The program covers a wide range of fields; architecture including design and construction of buildings and houses, environment, urban design, and interior design. This leads to obtaining a qualification which helps to become an architect or designer.
Program in Environment and Ecology
Issues on global environment and biodiversity are the top priority of tasks that should be discussed, exceeding borders between academic fields and areas. While students acquire technical capabilities to solve the environmental issues, they also develop an eye for social science. The program fosters environmental engineers to contribute to establish a sustainable society.

 

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