Master's program

Agrobiology
 

Agriculture is a vital activity for humans, and plays an important role in supplying safe and high-valued food to humans, protecting the global environment, and conserving bioresources for sustainable use. We aim to develop efficient and environmentally-friendly agricultural techniques. The techniques include those for protecting crops from insect pests and diseases. Moreover, to develop the above techniques, we try to discover possibly useful functions equipped in living beings at levels of genes, cells, organs, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems by using various approaches based on genetics, physiology, systematics, and ecology.

Geosciences
 

Changes in the earth's environment such as climate changes and abnormal weather work in concert with ecological environmental systems and earth systems that are made up of the atmosphere, the oceans, the soils, plants, the hydrosphere, the ecosphere, and the activities of humans and other animals. We conduct research on the basic structures, change processes, symbiotic relationships, and interactions that make up these systems, such as the evolution of the earth, climate and terroir, conservation of the global environment, the physiological ecology and ecological harmonization of flora and fauna, and human activities, all with reference to observation, measurement, experimentation, investigation, remote sensing, and numerical analysis. We provide education and research to train people who can use the new scientific knowledge gained from this research and the thinking and practical skills learned through research to contribute to the creation of the next-generation culture and construct a sustainable society.

Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Our goal is the effective use of bioresources over a wide area that includes foods, health, drugs, lifestyle, and the environment. Using the strategy of bioscience and biotechnology, we look at the diverse systems of life phenomena, whether animal, plant, or microorganism, as well as their molecular structures and functions of the materials that these organisms produce. Our aim is to establish theories and skills for applying these results to the development of new functional molecules and foods, and environmental technologies. To that end, we carry out specialist research and education from the perspectives of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and bioengineering, with a focus on research into structures and functions of new functional materials, the genetic expression mechanisms of animals and microorganisms, bio-information sensing and processing technologies, and the development of technologies for using unutilized bioresources.

Forest Resources and Environmental
 

Covering 30% of the earth's surface, forests are a massive collection of biological life that accounts for 90% of all life on land. This is why forests both play a large role in sustaining the global environment and are important as a renewable resource. In addition, not only do they function to adjust the environment through land conservation, water resource cultivation, and climate mitigation, forests contribute a great deal to our lifestyles by, for example, providing us with green spaces to gain mental relaxation. In this course, we seek to understand the features of forests, with their multifaceted functions, and find methods for using these resources and diverse functions sustainably while maintaining harmony with the natural environment. We do this through lectures, seminars, and practical training in the university's forest. Topics covered include ecology, botany, microbiology, soil science, chemistry, physics, and information science.

Environment Oriented Information and System Engineering

In order to allow humans to develop sustainably while coexisting with other organisms and preserving the environment, our course uses systems engineering as a method for education and research related to complex systems, the control of production systems, and the measurement of environmental information with a core of information processing technology, building on knowledge of bioecology. In other words, we offer research and education on symbiotic technology and plants that are related to environmental improvement. In addition, we carry out research and education on applied technology such as the production and processing of bioresources using low environmental load technologies through precise management.

Marine Biotechnology
 
 

Along with providing explanations for the marine biological functions on a chemical level, we also aim to effectively utilize marine bioresources such as seafood, algae, marine microorganisms, etc., and to integrate biological information through analysis and isolation of their components. In addition, we use these as materials to create functional food resources, cosmetics, etc. through biochemical and genetic engineering techniques. In our course, we provide research and education on biochemistry, molecular biology, and the analytical techniques. Furthermore, we carry out research and education so that students can learn and master abilities to handle these techniques into practice.

International Regional Resource Science

We carry out research and education to use unique local assets appropriately in rural villages around Japan and the world, with the aim of creating sustainable socio-economic development. Specifically, we emphasize fieldwork, providing education and research on socio-economic fields with the aim of constructing a social system to achieve sustainable use of local resources. We also carry out education and research related to practical utilization technology for regional resources targeted at developing nations in particular, on a foundation of biology.

Rural and Environmental Engineering

In our course, we provide education and research with the goal of creating a rich rural environment as place for sound, healthy material circulation, preserving the rural regions where agriculture is practiced. Specifically, we carry out research and education on the appropriate and sustainable use of water, soil, and space in rural areas where the workings of nature and humans directly interact, planning and conservation for rural environments, development and management of rural areas and facilities, the effective use of regional resources, the theories and technologies required for preventing or mitigating natural disasters and recovering from them, explanations of topographical formation processes through long-term changes in the substratum, investigation and analysis of overland and subsurface flows, and explanations and forecasts for the flow of water, chemicals, heat, and gas in rural areas.

Marine biology
 

In our course, we research marine life on a range of scales, from cellular and individual to biotic communities and ecosystems. Our research fields cover all marine environments, including fresh water, but with an emphasis on the oceans. The subject of research consists of different biology with plankton, algae, crustaceans, shellfish, finfish, and marine mammals. We conduct research and education on understanding the workings of each of these life forms at the genetic, cellular, individual, and community levels, as well as on methods for preserving ecosystems and biodiversity and on the sustainable use of marine life. We also aim to enrich human life through the appropriate management of marine life as resources, and effective increase and farming methods for them.

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