Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology

Outline

Researches by biochemists who are trying to observe living organisms at the molecular level have made steady progress, and the outcome has created not only applications in medical science, but also new engineering research areas, such as protein engineering, biogenetics, and cell engineering. Research outcomes acquired in these areas are part of what is called biotechnology, and it is expected to solve a variety of problems related to energy, food stuffs, and medical care that humankind faces toward the 21st century. Rapid progress in biotechnology and commercial viability can only be made possible, of course, where cultivation of researchers and engineers applying biochemistry to the sufficient basics of chemistry. The objective of the department is to cultivate such researchers and engineers.

Students in the department will first learn mathematics, physics, basic science, and biology as natural science, which should be the foundation of engineering. Thereafter, they receive educational programs in the specialized area of biochemistry, while adequately mastering basics related to applied chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and chemical engineering. Based on the learning outcomes, students will utilize the functions of biological bodies or participate in research executed within the department, including development and control of mimic chemical processes, utilization of materials derived from ecology, and elucidation of functions of biological bodies on the molecular level, thus aiming for engineers who can manufacture things.

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Features of Curriculum

The objective of our education is to cultivate persons who have acquired both a wide range of cultural accomplishments and specialized knowledge in a certain area. To achieve the objective, the department draws up a curriculum under the principle “not to teach too many subjects," but “to teach thoroughly what should be taught." Weight is attached to basic subjects, experiments, drills, and graduation research, and consistency and continuity are assured within the curriculum. Priority is given not to learning more knowledge only, but to cultivation of the ability to apply general principles to specific events after fully understanding the principles.

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