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Department of Biological Science [Master's Course]

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 Cellular Biology
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 Biology
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.
 

[Educational Philosophy]
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, and "bioethics."
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 scientific framework.

[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.


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