Graduate School of Science and Technology
Kumamoto University
2-39-1 Kurokami, Chuo-ku,
Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan
Phone:+81-96-342-3513,
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Department of Science

Education Goals

We aim to equip students with thorough expertise and insight in the natural sciences to educate them to become highly ethical professionals with broad perspectives who can independently advance their research internationally. After completing this doctorate program, our goal is for students to become practitioners able to create their own research agendas as self-reliant researchers and to apply their scientific expertise as practitioners pioneering cutting-edge research or as educators, government workers, or highly specialized company employees.

Education Objectives

Through this program, students will learn advanced, cutting-edge specialized knowledge in the field of science, gain logical reasoning abilities and broad academic perspectives, acquire the ability to give presentations at international conferences and write academic papers in English, and develop research capabilities that will allow them to conduct joint research and exchanges with researchers around the world and to play active roles at the forefront of education and research in both the international community and local communities.

What We Offer

Our goal is to train students to become professionals who are able to use their advanced expertise in the field of science to contribute to academic development and social progress as world-class, self-reliant researchers. Therefore, through each course of specialized subjects, we not only provide up-to-date information, we also strongly emphasize students’ engagement in individual research and preparation of their doctoral dissertations.

Mathematics

Education Goals

We aim to train students to become professionals who can contribute to the development of the field and the advancement of society by focusing on foundational research in each of the areas of algebra, geometry, mathematical analysis, probability, and mathematical physics, while equipping students with and continuing to build on the latest high-level theories.

Education Objectives

By learning the most up-to-date theories in algebra, geometry, mathematical analysis, and probability, students will develop their own unique view on mathematics and the qualities needed to be active on the front lines of the mathematics education and research world both at home and abroad, contributing to the development of the regional community.

What We Offer

Mathematics is an ever-expanding field that provides the basis for various sciences, including algebra, geometry, mathematical analysis, statistical mathematics, and information mathematics. While taking in new theories, we will promote foundational research that looks at the long term instead of being taken in by recent trends. We will also promote proactive interaction both in and out of Japan, conducting education and research that will allow students to work globally.

Physics

Education Goals

We aim to train students to become self-reliant researchers who have a deep understanding from the perspective of the physical sciences of the phenomenon that occur in the natural world from an ultra micro to an ultra macro scale.

Education Objectives

We will endeavor to train students to become professionals who have an understanding of science based firmly on physics and who will develop materials science and technology for the next generation. From this perspective, our department has established the following objectives.

  1. We will help students to acquire cutting-edge knowledge in fundamental and applied physics through lectures, seminars, and the like.
  2. By guiding students through the research phase of their doctoral thesis preparation, we will help students gain the abilities necessary for research as scientific technicians with advanced professional abilities, such as logical reasoning abilities and expressive abilities.
  3. We will endeavor to cultivate internationally minded research and human interaction through students’ proactive participation in presentations at international conferences and preparation of academic articles in English.
What We Offer

We strive to discover the physical properties of substances in various layers of our hierarchically structured natural world, including the discovery of structures in space, stars, and black holes, such as the basic particles and their basic interactions that make up substances, the physical properties in condensed matter systems, and the reactions and dynamics of substances under various extreme environments (low temperature, high pressure, magnetized fields, laser light irradiation). To this end, we conduct basic research and promote education from various angles such as experimentation (magnetism, superconductivity, optical properties, etc.), pure theory, and numerical simulation.

Chemistry

Education Goals

Our goal is to provide an advanced education through which students work toward discovering the basic principles of chemistry, investigate chemical reactivity and the expression mechanisms of physical properties using molecular scientific methods, and create new substances through controlling physical properties and reactivities based on an understanding of the fundamental properties of the various substances in the natural world from the perspective of chemistry. Furthermore, we will train students to become researchers with a constant awareness of both the international community and local communities who can build upon the field of fundamental and applied chemistry and make contributions for the advancement of the field of materials science necessary for the next generation.

Education Objectives

We will endeavor to train students to become researchers who have an understanding of chemistry from its very essence and who will develop materials science and technology for the next generation. From this perspective, we have established the following objectives.

  1. We will help students to acquire cutting-edge knowledge in fundamental and applied chemistry through lectures and seminars.
  2. By guiding students through the research phase of their doctoral thesis preparation, we will help students gain the logical reasoning abilities and expressive abilities necessary for research as chemistry researchers and scientific technicians with advanced professional knowledge.
  3. We will endeavor to cultivate internationally minded research and human interaction through students’ proactive participation in giving presentations at international conferences and preparing academic articles in English.
What We Offer

We will cultivate the ability to understand the fundamental properties of the various substances in the natural world from the perspective of chemistry, to investigate chemical reactivity and the expression mechanisms of physical properties from the perspective of molecular science, and to create new substances and establish new analytical methods through controlling physical properties and reactivities.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Education Goals

By providing foundational education in sciences related to the environment, we aim to foster in students the ability to conduct creative research and the overall research ability to tackle various issues in a number of disciplines in order to train them to become professionals who can contribute to the various issues facing modern society that relate to the environment.

Education Objectives
  1. We will offer enriched courses where instructors will impart the most up-to-date knowledge on our planet and its natural environment and foster logical reasoning abilities.
  2. We will provide students with opportunities to conduct and actively participate in a rich variety of research projects that cover several areas in order to imbue students with the ability to address issues across a number of disciplines.
  3. We will conduct research instruction through participation in joint research projects with scientists abroad and encourage students to present at international conferences in order to train them to become professionals who can contribute on the world stage.
  4. We will provide enriching opportunities by encouraging students to present their findings and take debate-centered seminars in order to foster creative and logical reasoning abilities.
What We Offer

Earth has a 4.6 billion-year history during which a complex environmental system was born, including the also complex subsystem made up of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Today, our planet hangs in the balance, with humankind’s effects on the environmental system threatening our continued existence. In order to tackle this problem, we must properly understand Earth’s systems. However, there are still many unsolved mysteries when it comes to our environment’s past and present.

This course aims to provide students with educational and research opportunities in order to train them to become professionals who can understand the past and current situation surrounding our environmental system and break new ground in areas of research while contributing to resolving problems across a wide array of areas.

Biological Sciences

Education Goals

We will endeavor to train students to be able to think logically and independently discover various issues related to the biological sciences and choose the appropriate method for solving them, using as a foundation the latest expert-level knowledge of the core elements that make up the various phenomena surrounding life activity and those which relate to the environmental adaptation of various organism groups.

Education Objectives
  1. We will train students to become researchers who have the ability to independently identify various issues related to biological science, choose the appropriate method for solving these issues, and work on their own to find a resolution.
  2. We will help students acquire high-level knowledge on the timeliest issues surrounding the life sciences and foster expert-level research abilities and logical reasoning abilities.
  3. We will actively promote opportunities for students to do research abroad in order to become practitioners who are proficient in international communication.
  4. We will educate students in not only the ability to carry out experiments, but also in maintaining a high level of expertise while being able to organize their research as a whole, in the process training them to become scientists who can meet the needs of society, including those of the industrial world.
What We Offer

The analysis of various life phenomena from the cellular to the community level aimed at gaining a comprehensive understanding of life is progressing at a rapid pace. We will provide an education that will keep students in the know on this progress, providing the most up-to-date information on the molecular structures and functions of cells and individual organisms, namely, the metabolisms of biological systems, a fundamental understanding of information transfer, and analysis and conversation of biodiversity as related to species and communities and their interaction.