of Biological Science
The Division of Biological Science
In terms of the objects of study, Biology today is developing
in two directions: one is from the cell to organic molecules
and the other from an individual organism to an ecological
population and a global environment. The divergence of analytical
means and procedures between the two objects continues to
grow. However, there are still many points at which researchers
in different fields of Biology meet on common ground in
order to open up new fields through interdisciplinary approach.
Considering these types of progress and features of modern
Biology, we offer two courses in our Department: one is
the course of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the other
Integrative Biology. We are convinced that a highly individual
and professional process of education will be produced through
the mutual interactions of these different fields of Biology.
|The Course of Molecular and
|This course provides graduate students with opportunities
to study biology from molecular and cellular viewpoints.
The topics of this course cover how the structure and
function of genes, nucleic acids and proteins play a
role in morphogenetic process of cells, tissues, and
organs, how physiological functions correlate to cellular
structure and how cell proliferation, aging, variation,
life cycle and cell-to-cell interactions are organized.
|The Course of Integrative
|This course offers opportunities to study biological
phenomena shown by both individuals and populations.
The topics of this course cover how the nervous system
develops and regenerates, how the body plan is established
during individual embryonic development, how individuals
communicate, how environmental factors affect the physiological
functions of individuals and communities, how populations
and communities are organized, how the global ecosystem
works and how to preserve the ecosystem.
Revolutionary technological advances in molecular and cell
biology have provided a greater understanding of the structure
of genes and their various mechanisms, as well as an understanding
of genomes. This in turn has led to new insights into the
structures and functions of cells, and development and behavior
of individual organisms.
At the same time, there is an increasing demand for efforts
targeting issues deeply related to the biological sciences,
for example relating to the environment, biotechnology,
The Department of Biological Science at Nara Women's University
provides students with the basic concepts, knowledge, and
experimental methods required to understand various biological
phenomena in the context of these rapid developments. At
the same time, we will provide guidance throughout the process
of research in individual themes, ensuring that the student
acquires the ability to seek out themes, select research
methods, analyze data, and discuss the results in a logical
[Expectations of Students]
The Department of Biological Science expects potential students
to have a fundamental knowledge of biology and basic skills
in reading and writing English. Equally important, however,
is a strong desire and enthusiasm to gain a better understanding
of various forms of living organisms, and to unravel the
riddles of life.
of Biological Science, Faculty of Science