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School of Natural Science and Ecological Awareness [Doctoral Course]

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Human lifestyles are conducted within interrelationships between humans and a range of environments, with the goal of achieving health, safety, and comfort based on a theme of harmony with the environment. In this backdrop, humans maintain a state of homeostasis in terms of both the physical body and life activities. The goal of this School is to accumulate knowledge from a natural science perspective to achieve a harmony between physical life activities and the environment. In order to conduct comprehensive education and research targeting problems related to human environments from a microscopic and macroscopic perspective and seek a path of coexistence between humans and the environment that surrounds them, we must not only conduct deeper research into the interactions among these stratified organic phenomena, living organisms, and the environment, but also undertake both integrated and interdisciplinary education and research aimed at achieving a harmony between these elements.
With this goal in mind, the School of Natural Science and Ecological Awareness offers the following three Departments.

 
Department of Interdisciplinary Materials Science
This Department focuses on materials from an organizational and comprehensive perspective, ranging from micro constructions and reactions on a molecular level to micro functions. Specifically, it undertakes both theoretical and experimental education and research on such themes as the relationships between material and chemical characteristics and micro constructions; dynamics of changes in form in the microcosm, and changes in materials due to chemical reactions and synthesis. This type of education and research field forms the foundations for developments with a harmony between materials and human environments. As such, the goal of the Department is to foster individuals that can contribute to society with advanced knowledge in a broad range of fields, including the human environmental problems mentioned above.
To this end, education and research is promoted through collaborations among teaching staff in the fields of fundamental chemistry and functional chemistry.
 
Department of Biological Science and Environment
This Department undertakes research and education aimed at clarifying environmental response functions and interactions demonstrated by a wide range of biological organisms, including humans, in a variety of living environments, as well as by groups of organisms, cells, and biological molecules. The Department covers a broad range of education fields from fundamentals to applications, with a specific focus on issues related to how the activities of humans and other organisms are regulated by environmental factors, and how these environments (ecological systems) can be protected. To achieve this goal, education and research conducted by this Department targets fields including biomacromolecules, which focuses on the construction and physiological functions of biomolecules; bio-information, which targets genetic information and the changes in structures and functions that result from the expression of that information; the field of biofunctions, which focuses on the various biological phenomena expressed by organs and organizations; and the field of group functions, which focuses on behaviors and ecosystems in the context of biological organisms and groups.
 
Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
This Department offers a wide range of educational opportunities in the fields of food and nutrition. We provide academic training and research opportunities in a full spectrum of subjects from basic to advanced studies in the areas of general and clinical nutrition, food functionality and safety, and relationship between food and behavior. We aim to educate students to become experts in their fields, and contribute to food-related disciplines such as medicine, agriculture, biology, pharmacology, engineering, life science, and social medicine. It is our hope to encourage the cultivation of the experts who can actively take the initiative in food and nutritional issues.
 
Department of Environmental and Life Sciences
This Department deals with education and research on humans and their immediate environment, and aims to foster individuals to contribute to society as well as to the construction of such human living conditions as being healthy, safe, pleasant, and well-balanced lives within natural environments. The methodology of the research in this Department is mainly of natural science. For the research on humans, methods of biochemistry, physiology, and bioscience are taken, and for those on the immediate environment, methods of chemistry, physics, biology, design studies are used, and for those on the relationships between these two areas, all the methods are combined and on top of them, other related subjects like health education are added to achieve these aims.
 

[Educational Philosophy]
The primary mission of the School of Natural Science and Ecological Awareness is to conduct research and education focusing on the establishment of safe, comfortable human lifestyles and healthy human living environments; the creation of functional materials and material conversion systems characterized by a minimal environmental load; and the study of biological phenomena and harmonious living environments.
To achieve this goal, the School fosters individuals who can contribute to the construction of healthy human living environments, for example through the application of foods, chemical substances, and lifestyle materials to safe and comfortable human lifestyles, or through the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases based on bioscience methods or an understanding of organic reactions at the molecular or solid-state level; individuals who can apply nano-molecular science to create functional materials and material conversion systems characterized by a minimal environmental load; and individuals who can conceptualize harmonious environments and organisms through an understanding of the genetics and biological characteristics of organisms, biological phenomena, and the interactions of other organisms with environmental substances.

[Expectations of Students]
The School of Natural Science and Ecological Awareness aims to foster individuals with an interest in investigating relationships between humans and their environment based on methods rooted in the natural sciences. We thus welcome students with the following objectives:

○ Persons wishing to contribute to the preservation of a harmonious human living environment
○ Persons wishing to establish healthy and comfortable living environments in terms of food, clothing, and shelter in an aging society
○ Persons wishing to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills related to the synthesis of materials and chemical reactions with attention to harmony with human environments, and to develop new materials that offer a high level of function and performance
○ Persons wishing to develop healthy, safe, comfortable, and harmonious environments based on an understanding of live processes, and to resolve issues related to human lifestyles
○ Persons wishing to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills related to lifestyle-related materials
○ Persons wishing to pursue careers in university education or research at institutions related to the fields of environment or basic sciences such as biology and chemistry
○ Persons wishing to participate in government policymaking processes related to the preservation of the environment and the improvement of living conditions
○ Persons wishing to establish environmental indexes and conduct environmental risk and benefit assessments
○ Persons wishing to acquire the latest knowledge and skills in biotechnology, and to contribute to society through activities in academic fields or industries such as food and pharmaceuticals
○ Persons wising to take on leadership roles in planning healthy environments for individuals and communities based on behavior modification theory




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