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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The aim of this field is to instruct students for the professional achievement and deep insight in scientific studies based on mathematics, physics, chemistry, earth science and biological science. Significant stress is laid upon the pursuit of fundamental researches, the development of frontiers in closely related topics and the challenge to boundaries between different branches in modern science.

Department of Mathematics

Educational Goals
Department offers programs leading to PhD and DSc degrees. Graduate students are encouraged to participate in numerous seminars in addition to their regular course work.
Educational Characteristics
We provide diverse opportunities for multiple and advanced research in algebra, geometry, analysis, stochastic processes, and informatics.

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A fractal set

Department of Physics

Educational Goals
Our educational goal is to provide a background to understand the various phenomena occurring in nature, from microscopic to macroscopic, from the viewpoint of basic physical science and to help the students to become professional and independent scientists.
Educational Characteristics
Our research topics include elementary particles and elementary interactions, cosmology, plasma physics, physical properties of structurally disordered systems, computational physics, quantum optics, solid-state spectroscopy, thin films, mesoscopic physics, and condensed matter photo-physics. To pursue these topics, we develop basic research from various viewpoints such as experiments (low temperature, magnetism, and laser spectroscopy), pure theory and numerical simulations.

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Hydrogen production from water with metal catalyst

Department of Chemistry

Educational Goals
This graduate course covers chemistry and natural environmental science. Programs in physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical environmental chemistry and polymer chemistry include topics such as solid state chemistry, spectroscopy under high/low pressure, molecular structure and physicochemical property, syntheses and properties of functionalized molecules and assemblies, material science of hydrocarbon, method of chemical measurement, transfer and reaction of environmental pollutants. The course aims at producing researchers able to promote interdisciplinary research and to contribute to both local and international societies.
Educational Characteristics
The department of chemistry is a small village featuring intimate graduate learning and research. Leading research works developing in the fundamental areas of chemistry: physical chemistry, advanced physicochemical spectroscopy, solid state physical chemistry, electronic property, coordination chemistry, supermolecule, magnetic property of complex, advanced inorganic chemistry, synthetic organic reaction, organic structure determination, material science of alkanediols, structural organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, mutual interaction between hydrophobic solutes, environmental analysis, contamination of ecosystem. The department trains student researchers through academic programs, research and thesis.

Chemistry Course
Atmospheric chemistry of biogenic volatile compounds

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Educational Goals
We perform education to give students the latest science and technology for the basic research on the Earth’s environment to develop creative research faculties. Especially, our emphasis is on developing a multidisciplinary talent who can contribute toward solutions for the present environmental issues.
Educational Characteristics
The Earth system has been composed under complex and close interactions among subsystems including lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere in the 4.6 billion years of the Earth’s history. Human disturbance to the Earth’s environmental systems has been becoming an increasingly vital problem for humans. The key solution for the problems should be comprehensive understanding of the Earth system. However, the present status and history of the Earth’s environment still conceals extensive and profound undiscovered worlds. In this division, we perform education and research to give students ability in understanding various subjects on the present and past Earth. Our emphasis is on training to be a multidisciplinary talent who can create new research subjects and contribute toward solutions for environmental issues.

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Abundant groundwater recharged from the Aso mountain produce rich water environment in the Kumamoto area, an artesian well in Lake Ezu.

Department of Biological Sciences

Educational Goals
Biological science has been rapidly advancing and becoming closely associated not only to basic biology but also to a wide variety of applied sciences, including medical science, agricultural and marine biology and engineering. It has become further affiliated with humanities, including economics and law. Accordingly, biological sciences are going to have huge influence on human society and industry. Therefore, the mission of our program is to produce world-leading scientists who have international sense and specialized skills based on basic biology and environmental biology coupled with a broad range of knowledge, so that one can adapt flexibly to human society despite its dynamic changes.
Educational Characteristics
Toward understanding integrated biological systems, the biological science has been rapidly advancing from cellular to community level. Following these advances, in this department, we perform the education and research of the extreme field of life science on the molecular mechanisms of functions of organisms and cellular differentiation at the cellular or individual level, such as the fundamental understanding of molecular metabolism and signal transduction in biological systems. Our research also undertakes the analysis and conservation of biodiversity through the study of genes, populations or species.

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Meiobenthos, the smallest marine metazoans: (a) Nematoda, (b) Copepoda, (c) Tardigrada, (c) Kinorhyncha. Scale bars = 0.2 mm.

Educational and Research Characteristics

Department of Mathematics

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A dynamical system with .fluctuations

We provide diverse opportunities for multiple and advanced research in algebra, geometry, analysis, stochastic processes, and informatics.


Department of Physics

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Alfven wave excited by a rotating black hole

Our research topics include elementary particles and its elementary interactions, physical properties of matter under various circumstances such as ultra-low temperatures, magnetic fields, and radiation of radio-frequency or optical fields, and the evolution of universe and black hole physics. To pursue these topics, we develop basic research from various viewpoints such as experiments (low temperature, magnetism, and laser spectroscopy), pure theory and numerical simulations.


Department of Chemistry

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One-dimensional d-f complex

The department of chemistry is a small village featuring intimate graduate learning and research. Leading research works developing in the fundamental areas of chemistry: physical chemistry, advanced physicochemical spectroscopy, solid state physical chemistry, electronic property, coordination chemistry, supermolecule, magnetic property of complex, advanced inorganic chemistry, synthetic organic reaction, organic structure determination, material science of alkanethiol, structural organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, mutual interaction between hydrophobic solutes, environmental analysis, contamination of ecosystem, polymer chemistry, polymer analysis. The department trains student researchers through academic programs, research and thesis.


Department of Earth and Environments

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A coral reef has records of fluctuations in Earth surface environment. (Ishigaki-jima Island, Okinawa)

The Earth system has been composed under complex and close interactions among subsystems including lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere in the 4.6 billion years of the Earth’s history. Human disturbance to the Earth’s environmental systems has been becoming an increasingly vital problem for humans. The key solution for the problems should be comprehensive understanding of the Earth system. However, the present status and history of the Earth’s environment still conceals extensive and profound undiscovered worlds. In this division, we perform education and research to give students ability in understanding various subjects on the present and past Earth. Our emphasis is on training to be a multidisciplinary talent who can create new research subjects and contribute toward solutions for environmental issues.


Department of Biological Sciences

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We identified novel nuclear structures TIDRs, which are represented by red color, in the nucleus (delineated by a broken line) of a mammalian cell. Green regions denote nuclear domains involved in RNA processing. The inset shows the enlarged photograph of TIDR.

Toward understanding integrated biological systems, the biological science has been rapidly advancing from cellular to population level. Following these advances, in this department, we perform the education and research of the extreme field of life science on the molecular mechanisms of functions of organisms and cellular differentiation at the cellular or individual level, such as the fundamental understanding of molecular metabolism and signal transduction in biological systems. Our research also undertakes the analysis and preservation of species-diversity through the study of species, populations or their interaction.

Classes

Department of Mathematics
Finite Group Theory and Combinatorial Structures
Algebraic Design Theory
Analytic Number Theory
Arithmetic geometry
Algebraic Geometry
Representation Theory
The Theory of Surfaces
Theory of Harmonic Mappings
Geometry of Geodesics
Special topics on complex geometry
Partial Differential Equations
Oscillation Theory of Differential
Differential Algebra
Global analysis
Dynamical systems I
Dynamical systems II
Theory of stochastic Processes
Department of Physics
Advanced Course of Electron Theory in Solids
Advanced Course of Ultrafast Spectroscopy
Advanced Course of Computational Physics
Advanced Course of Quantum Optics
Physical Properties of Structurally Disordered Systems
Advanced Course of Elementary Particle Physics
Nonlinear Analysis
Advanced Course of Condensed Matter Photo-physics
Advanced Synchrotron Radiation Research
Advanced Course of Fundamental Physics
Advanced Course of Mesoscopic Physics
Department of Chemistry
Physical Chemistry VIII
Physical Chemistry IX
Inorganic Chemistry VI
Inorganic Chemistry VII
Advanced Organic Chemistry IV
Advanced Organic Chemistry V
Advanced Organic Chemistry VI
Advanced Environmental Analysis
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Polymer Chemistry VI
Polymer Chemistry VII
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Physical Geochemistry
Deep Sea Paleoenvironment System
Evolutionary Paleontology
Geomodeling
Earth Surface Environment System
Advanced Earth Material Science
Environmental Mineralogy
Micropaleontology
Advanced Climatology
Advanced Lectures on Analysis of Atmospheric Environment
Geotectonics
Advanced Physics and Chemistry of Volcanic Products
Isotope Hydrology
Marine Volcanology
Advanced Mantle Petrology and Geochemistry
Advanced Geomagnetism
Advanced Watershed Environmental Science
Department of Biological Sciences
Plant Molecular Biology II
Developmental Biology II
Development and Regeneration II
Molecular Genetics II
Molecular developmental biology II
Molecular cell biology II
Developmental Engineering III
Marine Ecology II
Diversity and Evolution of Animals II
Diversity of Plants II
Animal Evolutionary Ecology
Plant Genetics II
Molecular biology of genetic information
Cytogenetics II
Plant physiology II
Biodiversity II
Regulation of Photosynthetic Products
Molecular Biology II