1.      An introduction to biological sciences

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The biological phenomena exhibited by living organisms are diverse and indeed filled

with mystery. The appeal of biological sciences lies in the elucidation at various levels,

from the microscopic scale of molecules to macroscopic scales of whole organisms and

ecosystems, of the mechanisms of these biological phenomena. At the Department of

Biological Sciences, students gain an understanding of the mechanisms of universal

biological reactions shared by different species, learn the diversity of organisms that

evolved in accordance with the environment, and question the meaning of life. The 21st

century is considered the era of biological and life sciences. The Department of

Biological Sciences provides an education and research environment that enables you to

become a specialist in biological sciences while valuing your personal interests.

2.      What do students learn at the Department of Biological Sciences?

@@@@How did you become interested in pursuing courses in biological sciences? It could be

for a variety of reasons, for example the mystique surrounding the biological phenomena

you saw in TV programs at an early age, the wonder of various fauna and flora you

encountered in the wild, or the spectacular array of today�s biotechnology products.

The faculty at the Department of Biological Sciences is united in its efforts to establish

an innovative and modern educational system that provides cutting edge life science while

valuing these diverse interests of students in the field of biological sciences.

A solid foundation is essential for gaining deep insight into biological sciences. In addition,

the wider the base, the deeper insight can be accumulated. Those with an interest in ecology

or biodiversity need to first understand the underlying principles of various biological

phenomena to attain a sufficient knowledge of their fields. The Department of Biological

Sciences aims to provide students with a systematic and broad basic knowledge of biology
by their second year. For this purpose, the curriculum consists of various laboratory courses

and training in areas ranging from field studies to molecular biology in addition to lectures.

Furthermore, courses such as instrumental analysis related to the latest analytical methods

essential to life science are also included.

After acquiring this basic knowledge, students deepen their knowledge by selecting specialized

lectures, laboratory courses, and training in their areas of interest, generally from their third year.

Students then develop a theme for their graduation research, the individual accomplishment of which

will mark a significant milestone in their lives. The faculty at the Department of Biological Sciences

hope,and are committed to ensuring, that these experiences contribute greatly to the future of students

at graduateschools as well as their careers.