The Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Program in Life and Environmental Sciences has a modular organization, which allows students to study a wide variety of subjects in early years, before specializing in one particular field in later years.

First year offers a broad general education with students taking foundational courses in biology, chemistry, physics and math, along with courses in Japanese, English (for non-native speakers), cultural studies, sports and arts. We strongly encourage students to continue their Japanese language studies throughout their degree.

In second and third years, students can choose from a range of specialized subjects offered by the College of Agro-Biological Resource Sciences, while broadening their understanding by selecting courses offered by the other Colleges in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. Core transferrable skills courses provide training in how to prepare conference posters, give oral presentations, and prepare a manuscript for submission to a scientific journal. In the final year, students undertake a research project supervised by one of our professors.

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Introduction of Courses

Course of Biological Sciences for Agrobiology and Forestry

In this course, students study the various properties of Agro-biological resources from the individual molecule up to substance and ecosystem level, based on biology and life sciences. Our students gain knowledge of the theory and technology for sustainable food production and the preservation and maintenance of ecosystems.

Course of Applied Biological Chemistry

In this course, students study various functions of living substances from individual substances down to the cell, gene and molecular level based on chemistry and life sciences. It is aimed at fostering people who may become leaders in the fields of medicine, food production, agriculture, the environment, etc.

Course of Environmental Engineering

Based on engineering, students study the theory and technology for the efficient use of the earth resources such as water, food, forests and land. This course aims to foster people who are able to contribute to the fields of food, the environment, and the existence and well-being of humans.

Course of Economics and Sociology

Based on economics and sociology, students study the mechanisms of production, distribution and consumption and business marketing regarding agriculture, forestry and fisheries in Japan as well as developed and developing countries. This course aims to foster personnel who may become leaders in the fields of rural development, environmental preservation and international relations.