Graduate School of Science and Technology
Kumamoto University
2-39-1 Kurokami, Chuo-ku,
Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan
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Department of Science

Education Goals

Students will not only contribute to the academic succession and development of human intellectual property in the fields of mathematics, physics, and chemistry, but also scientifically explore the truth behind the core of the many issues our modern society faces, such as the phenomena of life, the global environment, and the energy problem.
To this end, our goal is to equip our students with the necessary knowledge, way of thinking, and philosophy common to sciences in order to train them to be able to contribute to society internationally and widely as highly ethical scientist specialists.

Education Objectives

Our objective is to help students gain advanced scientific knowledge and experimental techniques in science in fields related to mathematics, physics, chemistry, earth science, and the biological sciences and to acquire the logical reasoning abilities and research abilities necessary for solving diverse problems.
Our students will also actively participate in international conferences and symposiums and gain both the ability to interact actively in English with researchers and students overseas and the communication skills that will allow them to contribute both to local communities and to the international community.

What We Offer

We will endeavor to train self-reliant professionals who have the ability to take up and further develop advanced expertise in the field of science while maintaining a broad and practical perspective and who are equipped with the capacity to solve the many problems facing society.
We have therefore prepared groups of specialized courses through which students can delve further into their chosen topic of study based on our concept of a six-year program of consistent education.
On top of a foundation of undergraduate education, we have established specialized courses that include special exercises and seminars specific to each program, and we have established special research as a common subject, in which students will further their expertise in each field and expand their knowledge from the theoretical to the practical through their own individual efforts.

Mathematics

Education Goals

Our goal is to equip students with a broad understanding of advanced mathematical theories and the ability to effectively use these theories and to train students to become self-reliant professionals who can sufficiently respond to the needs of society and who have logical reasoning abilities and problem solving abilities.
Furthermore, our goal is to train students to become motivated to take on issues in academic fields such as science and engineering using the common language of mathematics.

Education Objectives
  1. Students will engage in actual research in mathematics through lectures and seminars.
    Through intensive study of the latest mathematical theories, students will train to become professionals with mathematical perspectives who can respond to the needs of society.
  2. Through giving presentations at seminars and the like, students will train to become professionals with advanced communication and presentation skills.
  3. Students will train to become professionals who can uniquely demonstrate in various aspects of society the skills they have acquired through research in mathematics.
What We Offer

In addition to the group of specialized courses with content continuing on from undergraduate studies, we have established Math Seminar I and II and Special Math Recitation I and II according to our objective of training students to become researchers and educators who can—as specialists responsible for the creation, preservation, and development of knowledge in the field of natural science—incorporate theories of natural phenomena and the analysis thereof into their points of view; to conduct educational research on the fundamental theories of mathematics; or to become professionals who can use their scientific training to contribute widely to society. Math Seminar I and II cultivate students’ abilities to individually investigate and teach advanced concepts, and Special Math Recitation I and II cultivate students’ abilities to individually take on and solve requested tasks.

Physics

Education Goals

Our goal is to train highly specialized professionals who can contribute to building a safe and prosperous society through their efforts to create, preserve, and develop knowledge in the field of physics.

Education Objectives

We will endeavor to train students to become professionals able to contribute to local societies and to the international community while constantly questioning the true principles of the natural world and considering their applications of these principles and their social responsibilities.
From this perspective, our department has established the following objectives.

  1. We will offer enriching lectures and seminars and help students become fully grounded in physics as the foundation of materials science so as to be able to respond flexibly to rapidly changing advanced technologies.
  2. By guiding students through the research phase of their master’s thesis preparation, we will foster students’ logical reasoning abilities, problem discovery and solving abilities, expressive abilities, and passion for self-driven discovery.
  3. We will encourage students to improve their language abilities in English or other foreign languages, make full use of IT, and always keep an eye on the global trends in cutting-edge research so that they can respond swiftly to the globalized and information-oriented society of today.
What We Offer

The world of physics academia began thousands of years ago and continues to be further advanced through the revolutionary discoveries and inventions of many leading figures.
Beginning mainly with the appearance of quantum mechanics in the early 20th century, the microstructures that make up substances were gradually revealed.
Today, one of the focuses of modern physics is the investigation of the behavior of substances under various environments (temperatures, magnetic fields, light irradiation, etc.).

Among the diverse fields within modern physics, this course focuses on condensed matter physics, quantum field theory, and astrophysics and offers students a diverse education from both theoretical and experimental perspectives.
Specifically, the main themes are astrophysics, elementary particle theory, condensed matter theory, superconductivity, magnetism, and solid laser spectroscopic studies of solids.

Chemistry

Education Goals

Our goal is 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 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 professionals with a constant awareness of both the international community and local communities who can make the contributions for the advancement of the field of chemistry necessary for the next generation.

Education Objectives

In order to train students to have broad but deep fundamental knowledge and to be able to apply this knowledge, our department has established the following objectives.

  1. Through lectures and seminars, we will teach students not only fundamental but also advanced chemistry so that they have a constant awareness of society and are able to respond flexibly to societal changes.
  2. We will help students to improve their presentation skills through giving presentations of their research at seminars and the like.
  3. We will provide students with guidance for special research to foster their planning abilities, inquiring minds, logical reasoning abilities, creativity and application abilities, and self-expression abilities.
    Additionally, we will help students develop their communication and expression skills in English through international conferences and international collaborative research.
What We Offer

In addition to the group of specialized courses with content continuing on from undergraduate studies, we have established Chemistry Seminar I and II and Special Chemistry Recitation I and II as compulsory courses. Chemistry Seminar I and II cultivate students’ abilities to individually investigate and teach advanced concepts, and Special Chemistry Recitation I and II cultivate students’ abilities to individually take on and solve requested tasks.
Upon the completion of these courses, students will receive credit for the compulsory special research units.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Education Goals

We will train students to become professionals who have an understanding of the global environment founded on fundamental science and who have acquired broad fundamental knowledge of natural science. We will train students to become professionals who have sound fundamental academic abilities for understanding problems that traverse through complex areas, who continually refine their creative abilities for further analysis and integration, and who have broad perspectives and specialized knowledge and skills, including detailed analysis in field research and in the laboratory, for addressing the diverse problems facing modern society.

Education Objectives
  1. Through lectures and seminars, we will teach students the latest information in the fields of earth system science, earth materials science, earth history science, environmental science, natural disasters, hydrology, and so on in order to equip them with advanced knowledge and broad perspectives.
  2. To foster students’ logical reasoning abilities, problem solving abilities, expressive abilities, and passion for self-driven discovery during the process of guiding students through the research phase of their master’s thesis preparation, we will provide fulfilling opportunities for student presentations and discussion seminars.
  3. To further regional collaboration with industries, government administrations, and educational research institutions, we will incorporate regional issues into the themes of classes and master’s theses.
What We Offer

In the 4.6-billion-year history of the earth, the environment on our planet has been formed as a system established through the complicated and intimate interactions interwoven in the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere and through occasional influence from outside the planet.
The key to solving the manifesting problems concerning human survival lies in the correct understanding of this system.
However, the world remains a vast, unsolved mystery when it comes to our environment’s past and present.

This course aims to promote education and research using state-of-the-art methods including field surveys, laboratory analysis, and quantitative analysis in order to train students to become professionals who can understand the many problems concerning the past and current situation surrounding our environmental system and contribute to resolving these problems from a multifaceted viewpoint.

Biological Sciences

Education Goals

Through conducting laboratory analysis and field surveys of various levels, from the gene to the crowd level, we will train students to become professional who have a deep knowledge of the life sciences and advanced reasoning abilities and who can engage in society actively with a clear vision.

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, have logical reasoning abilities, and work on their own to find a resolution.
  2. Through preparing doctorate dissertations and attending seminars, students will obtain high-level knowledge on the timeliest issues surrounding the life sciences and develop expert-level research abilities and logical reasoning abilities.
  3. Through encouraging students to proactively give presentations at international conferences, we will train students to become professionals who are proficient in international communication. We will actively promote opportunities for students to do research abroad.
  4. We will train students to become professionals who have a high level of expertise and the ability to organize research as a whole and who can fulfill social needs including those in the industrial world. We will also provide students with an education that will further their ability to discuss scientific matters with laymen.
What We Offer

Our objective is to provide an education to help students understand living phenomena at various levels, ranging from microscopic to macroscopic, from the role of genes to the diversity of ecosystems, in order to train students to become professionals who have a broad knowledge of the biological sciences and advanced reasoning abilities and who can engage in society actively with a clear vision. Therefore, in addition to the group of specialized courses with content continuing on from undergraduate studies, we have established Biology Seminar I and II and Special Biology Recitation I and II as compulsory courses. Biology Seminar I and II cultivate students’ abilities to individually investigate and teach advanced concepts, and Special Biology Recitation I and II cultivate students’ abilities to individually take on and solve requested tasks.
Upon the completion of these courses, students will receive credit for the compulsory special research units.