Studies at the Department of Applied Biological Science

The Faculty of Agriculture is organized into one unified department, the Department of Applied Biological Science. Undergraduate education is conducted by the Department of Applied Biological Science in cooperation with the Marine Environment Research Center, the Plant Genome Research Center, the Rare Sugar Research Center and the University Research Farm. The Faculty of Agriculture offers undergraduate studies leading to a Bachelor of Science (Bsc) in five areas:  
Applied Life Science ⋅ Bioresource Production Science ⋅ Bioresource & Functional Chemistry ⋅ Environmental Science ⋅ Food Science

Applied Life Science

The Applied Life Sciences Course focuses on biological phenomena and the functions of a variety of life forms, from microorganisms to plants and higher animals. Remarkable progress in life science and biotechnology has made it possible to elucidate life phenomena, including the properties and functions of substances created by organisms on the molecular level for sophisticated applications. Applied life sciences cover a wide range of topics subjects. Life sciences investigate the activities of various life forms, from microorganisms to plants and higher animals at both the molecular and genetic levels. Fundamental biological research on the development of useful organisms and the efficient use of bioresources is applied utilising the latest technology to investigate the development of useful organisms and the more efficient use of bioresources. More information.

Bioresource Production Science

The Bioresource Production Sciences Course focuses on the principles and technology of bioresources production, post-harvest and environmental control including economics. The Bioresource Production Science Course aims to help ensure a safe and stable food supply for the development of affluent societies and the production and development of horticultural resources to ensure a sustainable lifestyle in the 21st century. It provides a systematic and practical program of study covering the evaluation of genetic resources, selective breeding, production technologies & environment, and logistic & utilization systems for products, including both fieldwork and biotechnological training. This unique course allows students to learn basic and applied theories systematically and verify these theories through well-designed experiments and fieldwork at the University Farm. More information.

Bioresource  Chemistry & Functional Chemistry

The Bioresource & Functional Chemistry Course focuses on essential knowledge and application of various chemical substances with biological functions, and on developing an understanding of the chemistry and biology of various ecosystems. This course aims at developing student understanding of biological functions from physical aspects, and teaching fundamental knowledge for the efficient utilization of diverse bioresources. Particular emphasis is placed on ways to find biologically derived chemicals that have useful functions; chemical techniques to elucidate how such substances are generated and achieve such functions; and intelligent ways of using biomass as reproduction resources. More information.

Environmental Science Course

The Environmental Science Course focuses on essential knowledge and application of various chemical substances with biological functions, and on developing a solid foundation in the chemistry and biology of various ecosystems (from the terrestrial land to the seas). This course focuses on interactions between organisms and the environment and material circulation in the environment. With particular emphasis on village forests and populated coastal areas, students work in fields, laboratories and on test farms to investigate and analyze using techniques and theories from various fields, such as chemistry and biology. This program allows them to acquire practical ability to work on the utilization, management, and conservation of the environment and life forms. More information.

Food Science Course

The Food Science Course focuses on using and understanding technology for development new food and food related products. Students will gain a mastery of fundamental  organic and applied chemistry. This will lead to a thorough understanding of food functions, functional foods, chemical interactions in food, properties of processed foods, sensory evaluation, and food safety. The Food Science Course aims to help students gain an understanding of various biological regulating functions related to food, with a focus on food functionalities; safety; consumer food preferences; and the processing characteristics of food. This program is designed to foster individuals with abilities to develop food products and an understanding of the key food issues by combining lectures, experiments, and practical training (including internships and visits to production plants and laboratories outside the university) and by providing a diverse range of subjects including basics, applications, and practice.  More information.

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