Life Sciences

The English word “life” has multiple meanings. Not only does it refer to living organisms, it also denotes the everyday lives we lead, as well as the overall life of a person. The Life Sciences Department provides an education in the broad meaning of the word “life.” Research in this program includes the science that pursues the basic mechanisms of living organisms as well as the science that makes use of these findings in actual everyday life, without any attempt to separate the two fields. In addition to the courses listed below, this major also offers minor programs in global science and engineering, core science teaching, and dietary education.


Biological Sciences

This course covers research areas at a variety of different levels, including genes, genomes, biomolecules, cells, and individual organisms, in order to study the universality and diversity of living organisms, thereby achieving an understanding of the true nature of organisms in changing environments. Students in the master’s program attend graduate school lectures and participate in research, thereby cultivating the skills necessary to perform research and development in a wide range of fields, including biological sciences, for the good of society.

Human-Environmental Sciences

This program seeks to solve a variety of problems in our lives by applying different types of engineering technology through a multifaceted research approach. Research topics include the promotion of technologies to enable sustainable cities, buildings, and homes, the design of ergonomic devices based on an analysis of body functions, the development of high-function fibers that can deodorize or perform other useful functions, environmental assessment that can guarantee safety and security, the development of technologies to remove harmful substances from water, and the analysis of human evolution with a focus on physical aspects. The program fosters experts who can examine the interfaces between humans and the environment, look for methods to improve our lives from scientific and engineering perspectives, propose concrete designs based on research results, and pass on the benefits to society.

Food and Nutritional Science

The goals of this program include the fostering of specialists in food and nutrition who can conduct basic research, develop applications, and even find solutions to clinical by analyzing and resolving issues, including the discovery of methods for how to eat foods more deliciously, the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases, and securing food safety. In addition, the Department of Food and Nutritional Science seeks to foster university teachers, researchers and developers at food corporations, dietitians, and other leaders in the field. The program uses the techniques of organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, statistical epidemiology, and other fields to educate and conduct research into food functions, preferences, safety, health, and the relationship between food and disease.

Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling is a process that helps people adapt to disorders associated with genetics based on an understanding of their medical, psychology, and familial implications. The genetic counseling provides both information and psychological support by analyzing family and clinical histories to evaluate the probability of a disorder occurrence or recurrence, provides education related to medical genetics and welfare, and promote informed choices by clients based on a sufficient understanding of the available options and the risks involved. This program offers specialized education to foster talented genetic counselors who can flourish in a wide range of fields, and conduct research in various themes and contribute to education of genetic counseling.