About Geoscience

Research themes at College of GeoscienceThe College of Geoscience of the University of Tsukuba is top-ranked in Japan and is known for its outstanding research at international level. Pioneering research of our College includes earthquake physics, weather forecasting, forest hydrology, permafrost creep, GIS Science (Geographical Information System Science) and many more.

The College comprises two main fields of study: Geoenvironmental Science and Earth Evolution Sciences. Geoenvironmental Sciences explore the nature of, and processes in, the atmosphere, hydrosphere and on the Earth’s surface as well as their interaction with human and biological activities. Earth Evolution Sciences study how the Earth’s materials, structures, processes and organisms have changed over time.

All disciplines of geoscience are covered in teaching and research, from mineralogy to human geography (see figure to the right), from applied to theoretical perspectives. While comprehensive education is one of the strengths of our college, natural hazards have become the main research subject of the College. All geohazards are covered in the teaching as well as in research.

The College has 45 academic staff members in the academic year 2018-2019. The staff number is high by international standards. By governmental regulations the College of Geoscience is allowed to accept only 50 students per year in total for both the Japanese and English undergraduate programs. This equates to a low student-to-staff ratio of 1.1 for the 1st-year intake. The low ratio helps students to cultivate closer relationships with their academic staff, have quicker access to feedback, and get involved in more interactive courses and disussion.