Graduate School of Science and Technology
Kumamoto University
2-39-1 Kurokami, Chuo-ku,
Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan
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The Field of Science provides the succession and development in scientific studies based on mathematics, physics, chemistry, earth science and biological science. The underlying objective is to produce specialists, who obtain common knowledge and independent thinking and contribute widely to human society. The Field encourages students to Doctoral Course for higher research activities in a world-wide community. The aim is also to instruct students able to tackle a large variety of problems contained in the boundaries between different branches in modern science.

Physics Course

Educational Goals
Our educational goal is to create, develop and spread the physical way of thinking and to raise students to become highly professional scientists and engineers able to contribute in the construction of a safe and wealthy society. Educational programs in physics course include topics such as quantum field theory, quantum optics, computational physics, astrophysics, theory of general relativity, physics of structurally disordered systems, solid-state physics, among others. Irregular lectures held almost once a month will also be of some help to students.
Educational Characteristics
With a history of a few thousand years, the field of physics was established through a tremendous number of discoveries and inventions by great physicists, and is still being developed even now. In particular, since the advent of quantum mechanics at the beginning of the 20th century, the microscopic properties of matter have been gradually disclosed, and the main interest of modern physics has turned into studying behaviors of matter under various circumstances such as low temperatures, strong magnetic fields, and optical and radio-frequency radiation. In this course, we carry out research mainly on elementary particle physics, astrophysics, plasma physics, and solid-state physics from both theoretical and experimental viewpoints. In particular, the research topics we currently cover include quantum field theory, black hole astrophysics, cosmology, solid state ionics, computational physics, quantum optics, solid-state laser spectroscopy, superconductors, mesoscopic physics, condensed matter photo-physics.
Physics Course
Liquefier and storage tank for liquid helium used for ultra-low temperature experiments

Chemistry Course

Educational Goals
This graduate course covers chemistry and natural environmental science. Programs in physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical 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 to produce specialists 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 education. Leading research works developing in the fundamental areas of chemistry: physical chemistry, advanced physicochemical spectroscopy, solid state physical chemistry, electronic property, coordination chemistry, supermolecule, advanced inorganic chemistry, synthetic organic reaction, organic structure determination, material science of alkane, structural organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental analysis, contamination of ecosystem, kinetics and reaction mechanism. The department trains science-educated graduate students through academic programs, research and thesis.
Chemistry Course
Atmospheric chemistry of biogenic volatile compounds

Earth and Environmental Sciences Course

Educational Goals
In this course, we develop students’ faculties to understand the Earth’s environment based on a solid and broad foundation of natural sciences. Our emphasis is on teaching both the specialized knowledge and techniques for the field survey and laboratory analysis, and broad horizons to be a talent with the creativity to face various present problems.
Educational Characteristics
The Earth system has been composed under complex and close interactions among four spheres, lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere, with occasional disturbance by extraterrestrial factors in the 4.6 billion years of the Earth’s history. Current environmental issues are starting to present seriously vital problems for human being. The key solution for the problems should be a comprehensive understanding of the Earth system. However, the present status and history of the Earth’s environment still conceal extensive and profound undiscovered worlds. In this course, we perform education and research to give students a solid foundation in understanding various subjects on the present and past Earth. Our emphasis is on training in the latest techniques including field survey, laboratory analysis and numerical analysis to be a well-rounded talent who can contribute toward solutions for environmental issues.
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Isoclinal folding of a metabasite in a serpentinite melange of the ancient subduction zone, the Nagasaki Metamorphic Rocks.

Biological Sciences Course

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 a huge influence on human society and industry. By encouraging students to perform laboratory experiments as well as field assessment that deal with every aspect from genes to communities as the assemblage of the various species populations, our course will groom a person who has great insights concerning biology as well as logical thinking ability, thereby can contribute enthusiastically to human society with a very clear future plan.
Educational Characteristics
For understanding integrated biological systems, a broad range of fundamental knowledge from the molecular life system such as genes or signal transduction until the diversity in communities as the assemblage of the various species populations is necessary. In this course, we perform the education and research of the broad range of basic and applied life science. In terms of basis of life, the fundamental truth on which several biological phenomena are based will be studied. In terms of biodiversity, the analysis and conservation of diversity of life will be studied.
Biological Sciences Course
The change in the subcellular localization of the RNA-binding protein RBM3 induces apoptotic cell death
(Upper panels) The localization of RBM3 (green, left panel, RBM3) in intact nuclei (blue, right panel, DAPI) of healthy cells not occurring the cell death (middle panel, TUNEL-negative).
(Lower panels) The change in the localization of nuclear RBM3 to the cytoplasm (green, left panel, RBM3) in cells not displaying the cell death (blue, right panel, DAPI) and in those with apoptotic nuclei (red, middle panel, TUNEL-positive).

Educational and Research Characteristics

Department of Physics

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Liquefier and storage tank for liquid helium used for ultra-low temperature experiments

With a history of a few thousand years, the field of physics was established through a tremendous number of discoveries and inventions by great physicists, and is still being developed even now. In particular, since the advent of quantum mechanics at the beginning of the 20th century, microscopic properties of matter have been gradually disclosed, and the main interest of modern physics has turned into studying behaviors of matter under various circumstances such as low temperatures, strong magnetic fields, and optical and radio-frequency radiation. In this course, we do research mainly on elementary particle physics, astrophysics, plasma physics, and solid-state physics from both theoretical and experimental viewpoints. The topics we cover include quantum theory of gravitation, black hole astrophysics, solid-state ionics, superconductors, low-temperature physics, nuclear magnetic resonance, laser spectroscopy of solid states and gases.


Department of Chemistry

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Synthesis of organic peroxide

The department of chemistry is a small village featuring intimate graduate education. Leading research works developing in the fundamental areas of chemistry: physical chemistry, advanced physicochemical spectroscopy, solid state physical chemistry, electronic property, coordination chemistry, supermolecule, advanced inorganic chemistry, solution chemistry, synthetic organic reaction, organic structure determination, material science of alkane, structural organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental analysis, contamination of ecosystem, kinetics and reaction mechanism, polymer chemistry, polymer analysis. The department trains science-educated graduate students through academic programs, research and thesis.


Department of Earth and Environments

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Aso caldera and Nakadake crater venting fumarolic steam. Formation of Aso caldera had strong influence on environment of northern Kyushu.

The Earth system has been composed under complex and close interactions among four spheres, lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere, with occasional disturbance by extraterrestrial factors in the 4.6 billion years of the Earth’s history. Current environmental issues are starting to present seriously vital problems for human being. The key solution for the problems should be a comprehensive understanding of the Earth system. However, the present status and history of the Earth’s environment still conceal extensive and profound undiscovered worlds. In this course, we perform education and research to give students a solid foundation in understanding various subjects on the present and past Earth. Our emphasis is on training in the latest techniques including field survey, laboratory analysis and numerical analysis to be a well-rounded talent who can contribute toward solutions for environmental issues.


Department of Biological Sciences

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Dryopteris hitoyoshiensis, a newly described fern, is endemic to Japan and is an apomictic diploid with 2n=82.

For understanding integrated biological systems, a broad range of fundamental knowledge from the molecular life system such as genes or signal transduction until the species diversity in populations of multiple living organisms is necessary. In this course, we perform the education and research of the broad range of basic and applied life science. In terms of basis of life, the fundamental truth on which several biological phenomena are based will be studied. In terms of biodiversity, the analysis and preservation of diversity of life will be studied.

Classes

Physics Course
Advanced Course of Physics I
Advanced Course of Physics II
Quantum Optics I
Quantum Optics II
Quantum Field Theory I
Quantum Field Theory II
Synchrotron Radiation Research
Physics of Electrons in Solids
Fundamentals of Computational Physics
Advanced Theory of Astrophysics
Theory of General Relativity
Physics of Structurally Disordered Systems
Condensed Matter Photo-physics
Ultrafast Spectroscopy
Mesoscopic Physics
Special Course of Physics
Seminar on Physics
Studies in Physics
Chemistry Course
Physical Chemistry V
Physical Chemistry VI
Inorganic Chemistry IV
Inorganic Chemistry V
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Advanced Organic Chemistry III
Environmental Chemistry I
Environmental Chemistry II
Environmental Chemistry III
Polymer Chemistry IV
Polymer Chemistry V
Special Course of Chemistry
Seminar on Chemistry
Studies in Chemistry
Earth and Environmental Sciences Course
Physico-chemical Petrology
Climate Systems
Historical Earth Sciences
Advanced Structural Geology
Paleoceanography
Sedimentology
Advanced Lecture on Hydrology
Advanced Kinetic Mineralogy
Advanced Igneous Petrology
Earth Material Science
Analysis of Atmospheric Environment
Geodynamics
Stratigraphy
Ocean Floor Geo-science
Advanced Geochemistry
Advanced Solid Earth Geophysics
Mantle Petrology
Advanced Hydrosphere Environmental Science
Practical Training on Earth and Environmental Sciences A
Practical Training on Earth and Environmental Sciences B
Special Course of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Seminar on Earth and Environmental Sciences
Studies in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biological Sciences Course
Plant physiology I
Developmental Biology I
Development and Regeneration I
Molecular Genetics I
Molecular developmental biology I
Molecular cell biology I
Developmental Engineering II
Plant Molecular Biology I
Plant genetics I
Cytogenetics I
Marine Ecology I
Biological chemistry
Diversity and Evolution of Animals I
Animal Ecology
Diversity of Plants I
Biodiversity I
Molecular Biology I
Special Course of Life Science
Seminar on Life Science
Studies in Life Science
All Courses
Intensive Course in Science AI
Intensive Course in Science AII
Intensive Course in Science AIII
Intensive Course in Science AIV
Intensive Course in Science AV
Intensive Course in Science AVI
Intensive Course in Science AVII
Intensive Course in Science AVIII
Intensive Course in Science AIX
Intensive Course in Science AX
Intensive Course in Science AXI
Intensive Course in Science AXII
Intensive Course in Science AXIII
Intensive Course in Science AXIV
Intensive Course in Science AXV
Intensive Course in Science AXVI
Intensive Course in Science AXVII
Intensive Course in Science AIXVIII
Intensive Course in Science BI
Intensive Course in Science BII
Intensive Course in Science BIII
Intensive Course in Science BIV
Intensive Course in Science BV
Intensive Course in Science BVI
Intensive Course in Science BVII
Intensive Course in Science BVIII
Intensive Course in Science BIX
Intensive Course in Science BX
Intensive Course in Science BXI
Intensive Course in Science BXII
Intensive Course in Science BXIII
Intensive Course in Science BXIV
Intensive Course in Science BXV
Intensive Course in Science BXVI
Intensive Course in Science BXVII
Intensive Course in Science BXVIII