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Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Engineering//理工学部応用化学科

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Educational Goals

The Department of Applied Chemistry is designed to educate students to be innovative and practical researchers and engineers, with fundamental skills spanning broad disciplines of chemistry, such as nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, food, energy and environmental sciences, in order to respond to the demands of a rapidly changing society.

Overview

In recent years, the importance of intellectual property, as related to knowledge and experience, has been recognized in our society. In addition, the importance of manufacturing has also been established. Technology and knowledge of chemistry have been developing quite rapidly in recent years, in a quickly shifting environment in which today's cutting-edge technologies will be obsolete almost overnight.

To deal with such rapid changes, the Department of Applied Chemistry emphasizes the importance of studying basic scientific knowledge and skills, and of developing basic academic abilities. Through an in-depth education encompassing the fundamentals of chemistry, with the integration of pure and applied chemistry, we aim to educate and train the next generation of technicians and engineers to have the ability to flexibly apply their skills to realistic problems in our society. Our key goal is to provide students with an overall knowledge in broad fields of applied chemistry, such as nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, food, energy, and environmental sciences, to facilitate innovation in the twenty-first century. Our major subjects are divided into three main courses: Advanced Material Chemistry, in which students study subjects related to organic and inorganic advanced materials, medicines, and cosmetics; Bio-Health Chemistry, related to chemical technologies pertaining to life, organisms, food, and nutrition; and Environmental Chemistry, in which students study subjects related to resources, the environment, and recycling. These three courses are classified in such a way that students can choose classes according to their interests and future careers.

Characteristics of Our Education

As future researchers also need writing, expression and presentation abilities, writing assignment creation guidance is also given to all students. The Bio-Nano Science Fusion Course and the Robotics Course can also be chosen under Cross-Departmental Education Programs (Minors) in the Department of Applied Chemistry. For the first- and second-year students, we assign Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry as required subjects. For such subjects, we focus on small-group education closely linked with experiments. In addition, basic academic abilities will be developed even further by offering various opportunities, including supplementary courses, to gain a thorough understanding of the subjects. For second- and third-year students, our educational program is split into three subject streams as mentioned above: Advanced Material Chemistry, Bio-Health Chemistry, and Environmental Chemistry, in which the students can gain broad technical knowledge in applied chemistry. In addition, we offer third-year students an opportunity to visit and stay at research laboratories in our department to learn how cutting-edge, advanced research as well as graduate research studies in such laboratories is being performed. This can be regarded as an "internship for research" in which the students acquire practical knowledge of chemistry through actual participation in research activities. In each semester of every academic year, students are required to take experiment-based courses so that practical skills can be gradually mastered over the course of the entire degree.

It is important to have good writing and presentation abilities for future researchers and engineers, thus we offer a writing course for all students in our department.

In the Department of Applied Chemistry, the students can also choose the Bio-Nano Science Fusion Course and Robotics Course under the Cross-Departmental Education Programs (Minors).

教育目標

ナノテクノロジー・先端材料、バイオテクノロジー、食品、エネルギー、環境など変革する社会の幅広いニーズに対応できる、広範な化学の基礎能力を身につけ、「化学」の力で社会貢献ができる、創造的かつ実践的な研究者・技術者を育成します。

概要

近年は、ものの生産を重視する社会から、知識・経験などの知的財産を重視する社会へと変化しています。また化学技術の進歩は目覚しく、先端技術もすぐに古くなってしまう時代です。この変化とスピードに対応するため、応用化学科では、さらに理学的な学習に重点を置き、基礎学力の習得を強化。純粋化学と応用化学の融合により、化学の基礎を深く学ぶことで、柔軟な応用力を養います。対象は、21世紀を支える応用化学全般、具体的にはナノテクノロジー・先端材料、バイオテクノロジー、食品、エネルギー、環境など、現代の社会が求める幅広い分野を学びます。また、専門科目については、有機無機の先端材料、医薬や化粧品などを学ぶ「先端材料化学コース」、生命や生物、食品や栄養に関する化学技術を学ぶ「バイオ・健康化学コース」、資源、環境、リサイクルをキーワードとする「環境化学コース」の3コースを設置し、学生の興味や進路に応じて学べるように分かりやすく分類しています。

特色

1、2年次では、「有機化学」「物理化学」「無機化学」「分析化学」を必須とし、実験とリンクした少人数教育と補習を繰り返し行い、理解できるまで徹底的に学習。基礎学力の向上をはかります。一方、2、3年次からは応用化学の幅広い専門知識を身につけるために3コースに分かれます。3年次には、学科の各研究室に学生自身が出向いて、卒業研究や先端的研究がどのようなものかを体験します。これは体験で化学を学べる実践的な教育、いわば“研究のインターンシップ”。各学年各学期に実験科目を置き、実践力を段階的に習得できるようにしています。

また、これからの研究者には自分のアイデアや実行できる「文章表現力」と「プレゼンテーション力」が必要です。「レポート作成指導」などを通して、自己表現力を丁寧に育成します。

なお、応用化学科は「学科横断型教育プログラム(副専攻)」として「バイオ・ナノサイエンス融合コース」を選択することができます。