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Master's / Doctoral Program in Life Science Innovation

Biomolecular Engineering
Food Innovation
Environmental Management

Introduction to the undergraduate school School of Life and Environmental Sciences

We foster graduates with the skills and outlook required to become future global leaders, and a strong capacity to discover and solve problems.
Students develop a comprehensive understanding of biological phenomena of various organisms including humans, the evolution of the earth and dynamics of the environment, and methods of conservation and sustainable use of biological resources.

Introduction to the undergraduate school

College of Biological Sciences

Degree: Bachelor of Science

We foster graduates who can bridge society and advanced sciences, with a well-developed mechanistic understanding of living organisms and biological systems, research methods for biology, and the significance of advanced research.
Our graduates are equipped to become researchers, educators, engineers, and business people who are globally active in various academic fields related to biology.
In addition, a bachelor's degree can be acquired through an Interdisciplinary Program in Life and Environmental Sciences taught only in English.

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College of Agro-Biological Resource Sciences

Degree: Bachelor of Bioresource Science

In the College of Agro-Biological Resource Sciences, we foster personnel who can contribute to a stable food supply as well as sustainable development and conservation-based use of biological resources in harmony with the environment from a regional and global viewpoint through comprehensive learning related to biological resources that are a foundation for human existence and for safe and enriched lives.
In addition, a bachelor's degree can be acquired through an Interdisciplinary Program in Life and Environmental Sciences taught only in English.

Degree: Bachelor of Agricultural Science

In the College of Agro-Biological Resource Sciences, we foster personnel who can contribute to a stable food supply as well as sustainable development and conservation-based use of biological resources in harmony with the environment from a regional and global viewpoint through comprehensive learning related to biological resources that are a foundation for human existence and for safe and enriched lives.

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College of Geoscience

Degree: Bachelor of Science

We foster personnel who vigorously play active parts from an international standpoint in fields pertaining to society.
Such personnel are required to have comprehensive knowledge and ways of thinking concerning the Earth’s evolution from its birth to the present time, and various phenomena and processes occurring in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere.
In addition, a bachelor's degree can be acquired through an Interdisciplinary Program in Life and Environmental Sciences taught only in English.

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Introduction to the graduate school Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences

The Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences cultivates researchers, university faculty members and highly specialized professionals who possess deep knowledge, research ability and research skill in the field of specialization in life science, geoscience or agricultural or environmental science, and on the other side, can see the life and human, and their foundations which are the earth, nature and society that surround them from a broad point of view, and also have the ingenious inspiration to find research tasks and the ability to solve them.
To realize this education, the following Master’s and Doctoral Programs are organized.

Introduction to the graduate school

Master’s Program in Biology

Master of Science

In the eight research areas, Taxonomy & Evolution, Ecology, Plant development & physiology, Animal development & physiology, Molecular cell biology, Genome informatics, Advanced cell biology, Advance molecular biology, the students in doctoral program, teachers in junior high schools/high schools and advanced professionals etc. who have wide knowledge and fundamental research ability and ability to explore issues and practical skills shall be trained.

Doctor of Philosophy in Science

Based on understanding diversity of the living world, by fostering the human resources that have an ability to gain a comprehensive understanding of universality and uniqueness in individual living things from biological perspectives, we shall aim at producing researchers in biology area and the world top leaders who can play an active role in research/development site in life science area.

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Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology

Master of Agricultural Science

As the first stage to train the researchers etc. in agro-biological resource sciences relating to agriculture/living things/environment, the human resources who learn fundamental specialized knowledge relating agro-biological resource sciences, can contribute to stable living and sustainable development of human beings such as stable food supply and development, maintenance and sustainable use of bioresource etc., have highly creative and excellent research/development ability and additionally have distinguished ability to have responsibility for advanced professional work shall be trained.

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Master’s Program in Geosciences

Master of Science

To train the human resources who understand various natural phenomena on the earth both in the past and at present, have a broad basic knowledge and a specialized research ability to contribute to the settlement of various issues on a global scale, and have scientific intelligence necessary to overcome such issues in modern society.

Doctor of Philosophy in Science

The students who understand various global natural phenomena in the past and at present, have advanced expertise and research capabilities that can contribute to solution of various problems on a global scale, and can contribute to the scientific development of Japan as researchers who can internationally play an active role.

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Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences

Master of Environmental Sciences

It is necessary for highly specialized professionals who solve local and global issues to have a research/survey ability to analyze/understand the background of the problems from the higher/cross-sectional views, and further, an ability to suggest the solution of the said problems.
In details, by fostering specialization and creativity on an international level cultivated from fusion of sciences, engineering, agricultural science and social science etc, and cultivating ability to see from a higher perspective, to practice, ability for immediate assets and communication skills, the capacity as a global leader shall be fostered.

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Master’s Program in Mountain Studies

Master of Science in Mountain Studies

To train the persons who are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for developing prosperous and robust communities and industrial development in mountainous areas including forestry and abilities for judgement and action to be able to take accurate measures with a wide vision and expertise, in order to cope with various problems relating to natural resources such as geosphere/hydrosphere, ecosystem and forests associated with natural variation/human activities in mountainous areas.

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Master’s Program in Life Science Innovation (Food Innovation)

Master of Food Innovation

This program shall train “the persons with basic ability for doctoral thesis research and highly specialized professionals in order to acquire the ability to explore the functionality of food, the ability to process foods to efficiently manifest their effects, the nutritional and physiological ability to evaluate the effects of their functionality on the human body, and the functional food market and aim to become globally active human resources who can create new value for food”. Innovative functional food development is expected to contribute to realization of a healthy and long-lived society, and promotion of life innovation that contributes to international competitiveness and economic growth.

Doctor of Philosophy in Food Innovation

The Doctoral Program in Life Science Innovation cultivates highly specialized professionals or researchers who possess the world’s top-class advanced specialized research ability with cross-disciplinary mind from a higher perspective, open up a new strides in life science research using bioresources, produce internationally highly appraised research outcomes, and are globally active in the areas of research and development of innovative pharmaceutical products and functional foods and in the areas of their maintenance and administration.

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Master’s Program in Life Science Innovation (Environmental Management)

Master of Environmental Management

Life, including humanity, is determined to survive and grow depending on the surrounding environmental conditions. In recent years, keywords such as food safety and sustainable use of bioresources, which have attracted social attention are closely related to appropriate control of the environment. Therefore, “the persons with basic ability for doctoral thesis research and highly specialized professionals aiming at becoming researchers and learn widely from the relationship between life survival and growth and environmental conditions, that is, from microscopic environmental physiology to microscopic environmental ecology on a global scale, and the latest expertise and research basic ability on environmental impact assessment and control, and play an active role globally in the area of research and development related to appropriate control of the environment” shall be fostered.

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Management

The Doctoral Program in Life Science Innovation cultivates highly specialized professionals or researchers who possess the world’s top-class advanced specialized research ability with cross-disciplinary mind from a higher perspective, open up a new strides in life science research using bioresources, produce internationally highly appraised research outcomes, and are globally active in the areas of research and development of innovative pharmaceutical products and functional foods and in the areas of their maintenance and administration.

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Master’s Program in Life Science Innovation (Biomolecular Engineering)

Master of Bioengineering

This program shall train “the persons with basic ability for doctoral thesis research and highly specialized professionals who have thorough knowledge about the application development of biomolecules to the functional materials, acquire management technology related to them, can contribute to realization of innovative analytical technologies and functional materials with high environmental and biocompatibility and plan an active role globally”.

Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering

Highly specialized professionals or researchers who acquire cross-sectional and bird’s eye view of life science, acquire world-class advanced specialized research capabilities, use all bioresources and globally play an active role in the areas of R&D of innovative functional materials that open up new developments in life science research.

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Doctoral Program in Agricultural Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Science

Highly specialized professionals/researchers who acquire a broad knowledge in agricultural sciences comprehensively, and issue-pursuing and problem-solving abilities, and the capability to independently conduct research, providing grounds for solving problems related to agriculture, food, environment on a global scale.

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Doctoral Program in Life and Agricultural Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Life and Agricultural Sciences

The researchers and faculty members that can achieve a molecular-level understanding of biological phenomena controlled in cells and living organisms, acquire specialized ability to be able to implement technology development for the purpose of utilization of such functions and to be able to contribute to stabilize living foundation and sustainable development of human beings.

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Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Biotechnology

Based on bioindustrial sciences, the researchers shall be trained that have a research and development ability that can contribute to creation of novel bioindustry technologies and creation of new technologies and intellectual property rights etc. to ensure/distribute/use bioresources as their materials.
Additionally, also in the social scientific aspects, such as international transaction and various kinds of regulations essential for industrial usage of bioresources and technological support/transfer to the developing countries, correspondence to social acceptance etc., the researchers shall have an ability to aim at solving problems while seeing the relationship with life ethics and protection of biodiversity with bird’s eye, and practical intention with international leadership of specialized engineers and policy makers.

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Doctoral Program in Environmental Studies

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies

The persons who logically elucidate the causes and process of the problems regarding the local/global-scale issues, based on scientific and clinical insight and can suggest the measures for problem-solving from a global view. Along with the specialization and creativity of international standard in sciences, engineering, agricultural science and social science etc, an ability to see from bird’s eye, practical ability, an ability for logical constitution, expressiveness, and communication skills shall be cultivated and highly specialized practitioners, researchers and educators who can play an active role as global leaders shall be fostered.

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Joint Master’s Degree Program in Sustainability and Environmental Sciences

Master of Sustainability and Environmental Sciences

The program guides students to become a professional who can contribute to solving problems and realizing sustainable society in tropical Asia in the point of the global issues such as water resources/ aquatic environment, flood, and ecosystem in terms of specialized and comprehensive insights of sciences, agricultural sciences, engineering, and social science.

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Introduction to the faculty Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences

The "Faculty" is positioned as a "faculty organization".
All the teaching staff in Life and Environmental Sciences (LES) belong to the “Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences”.
Faculty members have dual roles: as active researchers, as well as educating and supervising students.
Professors are in charge of education in the “Degree programs in Life and Earth Sciences” for graduate students, and the “School of Life and Environmental Sciences” for undergraduate students.

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