Joint Science Program
The program was launched in 2008 and enrollment was started in July of the same year.
Today’s society requires a broad professional range and interdisciplinary abilities. As such, Joint Science Program is an integrative program that provides both in-depth studies through “Focus area” courses and versatility training through interdisciplinary elective courses. When new students enroll in our class, they are not placed into any particular department or a specific field for the first year. This is to enable the students to have sufficient time exploring their interests and abilities.
The courses in the first year emphasize studies on language, logic, basic science, and cultural literacy with additional trainings on independent study and research. The courses in the sophomore to senior years adopt the ‘research-oriented teaching’ method: each student will take professional courses from one specific field while emphasizing cross-disciplinary learning. The elective course selection is more flexible than that of the students in host departments.
Each student has to choose one of the four focus areas: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Optics and Photonics. Students are required to take fundamental courses and “Focus area” courses.