Guide to the departments and adjunct facilities

Department of Applied Life Sciences

imageElucidating biological phenomena, and developing and producing useful substances with the power of biotechnology

The Department of Applied Life Sciences uses chemistry and biology as its foundation to investigate the characteristics of the components of life and the mutual interactions between those components and the environment, from a flexible, interdisciplinary perspective. Along with our deep understanding of biological phenomena, we produce useful substances by leveraging biotechnology and develop sustainable supply systems for foodstuffs and energy. We use such educational and research programs to train our students to contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life for mankind and to send them to industry and research institutions both locally and globally.

molecular breeding of white-rot fungi
By genetic engineering, we are investigating on the molecular breeding of white-rot fungi which can produce bioenergy and biochemical from woody biomass.
yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
By using yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we are investigating mechanisms of protein quality control during cellular stress.

The 3 Key Points of Study in the Department of Applied Life Sciences

1. Acquire the basic theories that form the foundation of applied life sciences

Students will acquire basic knowledge in chemistry and biology—the foundations of applied life sciences—through lectures and labs.

2. Elucidate the various control functions in living beings

Students will learn practical techniques and knowledge through experimentation at all levels: atomic, molecular, genetic, cellular, and biotic.

3. Develop useful substances using the latest biotechnologies

Students will not only understand the mechanisms of life, but also develop and produce new mechanisms and useful substances.

To build a foundation for study in life sciences, we provide a curriculum that is organized based on a gradualist approach. This curriculum closely links courses such as physical chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology, and bioinformatics with related laboratory and practicum courses that make use of the knowledge learned in lectures. Students also take applied, practical courses related to developing products such as food, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, and cosmetics; as well as courses concerned with how living in society and the environment have an impact on biological phenomena. The curriculum inculcates the immediate ability to respond to needs in industry and the adaptability to survive in society, both locally and globally.

Your Future After Graduation

Expected places of employment

Private companies working in fields that include food, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, chemistry, cosmetics, perfumes, and nursery stock; incorporated administrative agencies, high school educators, and other positions of public service.

Students may need to acquire qualifications by taking certain units before graduation, or by taking a test to receive accreditation. Contact us for more details.