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Faculty of Science

Our faculty is comprised of six departments: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences and Environmental Biology and Chemistry. Each department has worked hard to provide a good environment for fundamental and international education and research.

The Mathematics Department has 18 faculty members (including ten full professors) and accepts 50 students each year; the Physics Department has 14 faculty members (including eight full professors) and accepts 40 students each year; the Chemistry Department has 13 faculty members (including five full professors) and accepts 35 students each year; the Biology Department has 15 faculty members (including seven full professors) and accepts 35 students each year; the Earth Sciences Department has 13 faculty members (including seven full professors) and accepts 40 students each year; the Environmental Biology and Chemistry Department has 12 faculty members (including five full professors) and accepts 30 students each year.

As a student of the Faculty of Science, you will benefit from high quality teaching. In addition, the number of students in each class is relatively small, which has the advantage of creating an effective and friendly educational atmosphere.

The University of Toyama has a long tradition of excellence in scientific education. Our faculty members are active in researching unique topics and have published many notable papers in international journals across diverse fields. We encourage young people to join us and experience the satisfaction of studying cutting-edge science.

The goal of our undergraduate program is to provide young people with the ability to pinpoint and solve diverse scientific and technical problems, and to join in active research fields in the international scientific community. A student begins the first year by taking liberal arts courses and basic scientific courses, which are less specific, but important for obtaining perspective and learning the background of current scientific fields. More specialized and intensive courses for each specialized subject are offered mainly from the second year on.

Organization

Departments Education, Areas of Research
Department of Mathematics Mathematical Analysis,
Mathematical Science of Information
Department of Physics Solid State Physics,
Quantum Physics
Department of Chemistry Inorganic and Physical Chemistry,
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Department of Biology Structural Biology,
Regulatory Biology
Department of Earth Sciences Geosphere Physics,
Geodynamics,
Geological Science
Department of Environmental Biology and Chemistry Environmental and Analytical Chemistry,
Environmental Biology

Mathematics

In an information-oriented society, we live with various standards that are constantly changing. Computer supports the development of this society. Information science has a close connection to pure mathematics - a highly creative work developed by human beings. We are working to provide an educational system that meets the needs of the times. Our department offers two different courses: a Mathematical Analysis Course based on pure mathematics and a Mathematical Science of Information Course for analyzing mathematical phenomena with the help of computers.

Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Toyama offers two courses: the Condensed Matter Physics Course and Quantum Physics Course.
The Department of Physics offers its students a solid curriculum in Physics. The undergraduate program helps provide students with a good grasp of the fundamentals and general methods of physics. Classes are offered in the form of lectures and laboratory and problem-solving sessions. Fourth-year undergraduate students are involved with research projects. The Graduate School of the Department of Physics at the University of Toyama offers advanced programs leading to master's and doctoral degrees in Physics.
The Department of Physics consists of 14 faculty members, and department staff have established research collaborations with scientists working at world-class institutions. Research projects for the department include the following topics: solid state physics, crystal physics, nuclear magnetic resonance, x-ray diffraction and x-ray imaging, low-temperature magnetism, magnetism of rare earth compounds, disordered systems and clusters, theoretical particle physics, gauge field theories, laser spectroscopy, microwave spectroscopy, atomic and molecular spectroscopy.

Chemistry

Toyama is famous for its traditional medicines and many chemical companies. We support this industry by supplying engineers and new knowledge.
We offer two courses: the Reaction and Molecular Field Chemistry Course and Synthetic Organic Chemistry Course. The Reaction and Molecular Field Chemistry Course consists of three groups: catalytic chemistry, photochemistry, and inorganic and solution chemistry. The Synthetic Organic Chemistry Course consists of two groups: structural organic chemistry and natural products chemistry.

Biology

Our department consists of two courses: Structural Biology and Regulatory Biology. In each course, we analyze a variety of life phenomena from genetics to population dynamics.

[Structural Biology Course]
Living organisms in nature change over time. These changes include processes of individual development (i.e. ontogenesis) and long-term processes (i.e. phylogeny). Investigating the reasons why organisms change is one of the major themes of biology. In the Structural Biology Course these aspects are studied generally with the aim of developing an understanding about the diversity of living organisms. The research themes presented in this course are as follows: taxonomy of Angiospermae; systematics and morphology of insects; phylogeny and taxonomy of algae; cytotaxonomy of Polygonaceae and Rosaceae; plant morphogenesis in tissue culture; morphology of plant cells; reproductive and developmental biology of echinoderms; evolutionary ecology, molecular phylogeny and biogeography of social wood-feeding insects; evolutionary biology and population genetics in fishes.

[Regulatory Biology Course]
A wide variety of animals and plants develop and grow from a single fertilized egg to an individual multi-cellular organism that takes a specific form. Cells of animals and plants diversify in a variety of ways to play many particular roles. In the Regulatory Biology Course we study various types of organisms from a variety of angles to try to understand how a variety of cells can be put in order to make up an individual organism. The research themes for this course are as follows: plant cell walls and their growth; osmoregulation and kidney functions in lower vertebrates; physiological functions of neuropeptides in lower vertebrates; molecular biology of holoparasitic plants (dodder); the molecular mechanism of fatty-acid desaturation in sesame; photoperiodic time measurement in insects; the molecular mechanism of morphogenesis in plants; purification, characterization and physiological function of neuropeptides in animals; molecular neurophysiology for the circadian clock system.

Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which center upon course work in geology (mineralogy, paleontology, petrology, structural geology and volcanology) and geophysics (geo-electromagnetic physics, physics of rocks, glaciology and meteorology). The department offers three courses: the Geosphere Physics Course, Geodynamics Course and Geological Science Course. These courses offer a program of study in earth sciences involving field studies, experimental research, data analysis and numerical modeling. Our earth science programs are designed to prepare students for careers in earth sciences and related professions.

Environmental Biology and Chemistry

Various organisms in the biosphere maintain a delicate balance and harmony with the environment. Since the beginning of the previous century, human activities have been disturbing this balance and have caused many environmental problems. Interdisciplinary knowledge is now required to solve these problems. In 1993, we established a new department within the Faculty of Science to deal with environmental issues. This department is dedicated to better comprehending the environment through the utilization of basic sciences including chemistry and biology.
Many environmental problems are closely related to material movements and chemical reactions. To comprehend these problems, it is vitally important to understand material movement in the natural world, biological reaction and the interaction between organisms and various elements of the environment. Consequently, this department offers two courses. One is the Environmental and Analytical Chemistry Course, which aims to discuss and resolve environmental problems using chemistry, while the other is the Environmental Biology Course, which approaches environmental science from the viewpoint of biological science.