Faculty of Science

Faculty of Science

Education and Research Aims and Key Policies (Whole Faculty)

Faculty Education and Research Aims
Faculty of Science The educational aim of the Faculty of Science is to produce graduates who possess the ability to logically and empirically analyze and investigate things at their root level, the skills to coordinate and practically apply the results of this analysis/investigation, and the capability to accurately convey opinions and knowledge to others. In order to achieve this, as well as being taught a careful selection of scientific knowledge, students are given the chance to experience cutting-edge research environments, and to perform practical exercises in order to increase their discussion and presentation-giving skills. In terms of research, the faculty’s aim is to contribute substantively to the advancement of science, while giving maximum possible consideration to educational effectiveness and influence on society.
Diploma Policy
The Faculty of Science deems students who have completed the required number of years of study and acquired the prescribed number of credits to have acquired fundamental knowledge in their respective fields, and—by experiencing a taste of full-fledged scientific study in their graduation research—to have developed the knowledge, inquisitive ability, and applied skills befitting of a bachelor of science, and thus awards them degrees.
Curricular Policy
Each department at the Faculty of Science offers an ideal curriculum for systematic specialist learning, and these curricula are constantly being improved based on changes in the content studied at high-school, scholarly trends, and so forth. In each department, emphasis is placed on teaching in small classes, and many seminars, lectures, and experiments are held in small groups.
Admissions Policy
The educational aim of the Faculty of Science is produce graduates who possess “the ability to logically and empirically analyze and investigate things at their root level, the skills to coordinate and practically apply the results of this analysis/investigation, and the capability to accurately convey opinions and knowledge to others.” In order to achieve this, students are taught in small classes, with great time and effort expended to ensure that—rather than simply applied knowledge—they develop a genuine, solid foundation that can be applied to any situation in the key fields of modern science—mathematics, physics, chemistry, and life science.
Although ability and knowledge in the scientific disciplines is of course expected, what we are looking for most of all is young people who are brimming with enthusiasm and curiosity; who are able to properly think about things for themselves; who observe the natural and mathematical worlds with their own eyes, and who enjoy carrying out experimentations and calculations for themselves. Proactive students will, very soon after enrollment, be able to talk together with faculty members—first-class researchers—and discuss the scholarly world with them like colleagues. This is a luxury that can never be experienced at mammoth universities with huge numbers of students.
In order to provide this education to as many enthusiastic young people as possible, the university allocates places to a wide range of students through standard entrance examinations, recommended admission for designated schools, general recommended admission (Faculty of Science), internal recommended admission, admission for students from overseas high schools and students returning to Japan from overseas, adult admission (mathematics only,) and transfer admission. We do our best to ensure that when selecting students we do not simply test the amount of knowledge they have memorized, but that we assess whether or not they possess the way of thinking and fundamental knowledge that form the basis of scientific study. Furthermore, above all else, we place great importance on fairness and equal opportunities when selecting students. All we require of students is that they fulfill the respective department’s criteria for productive study, and that they possess sufficient fundamental academic ability. All other factors have no bearing on our student selection process.
It is our belief that we should give a diverse range of students with a variety of different qualities the chance to enjoy an education in the ideal learning environment offered by Gakushuin University’s Faculty of Science. It is our duty as educators to help develop each student’s qualities so that they are able to become active at the forefront of society, while providing an environment in which they can work together with the aforementioned diverse range of students. With standard entrance examinations that judge students based on test scores alone, it is clear that our objectives for impartiality are adhered to, but for other applicants applying through interviews and so forth, we follow a strict selection process that chooses students based solely on their fundamental academic ability and enthusiasm for studying at our university.
Furthermore, education at the Faculty of Science offers many opportunities for reading materials in English, and for announcing or compiling in papers the results of one’s research. Before enrollment, we expect students to not only focus on so-called scientific studies, but to also put effort into developing Japanese and foreign language ability, and to read books in a wide range of subjects.

Education and Research Aims and Key Policies (Department of Physics)

Faculty Department Education and Research Aims
Faculty of Science Department of Physics In accordance with the educational aims of the Faculty of Science, the Department of Physics produces graduates who will contribute to society by teaching them the logical thinking ability, experimental observation methodology, theoretical calculation ability, and so forth that are particularly important in physics. In terms of research, the department contributes to the development of culture and science through research in the wide range of fields covered by physics.
Diploma Policy
The Department of Physics deems students who have completed the required number of years of study and acquired the prescribed number of credits to have developed, by studying fundamental physics knowledge and carrying out full-fledged experiments, the ability to appropriately apply the physics knowledge and techniques that they have learned to a range of situations, and thus awards them degrees.
Curricular Policy
The Department of Physics offers a curriculum that gives students a fundamental understanding of physics and first-hand experience with full-fledged experiments, allowing them to study advanced content according to their interests. In their compulsory classes, students develop a solid foundation in physics, and in their elective classes they are able to study more advanced content. Between their first and third years, students are expected to proactively participate in the student experiments and seminar classes that are available. In their fourth year graduation research projects, students focus on a theme of their own choice, and experience the thrill of research.

Education and Research Aims and Key Policies (Department of Chemistry)

Faculty Department Education and Research Aims
Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry  In accordance with the educational aims of the Faculty of Science, the Department of Chemistry produces graduates who will contribute to society, by teaching students chemistry-based thinking ability and experimental techniques that focus on the composition, properties, reactions, and so forth of the atoms and molecules that make up all matter. In terms of research, the department contributes to the development of culture and science through research in the wide range of fields covered by chemistry.
Diploma Policy
The Department of Chemistry deems students who have completed the required number of years of study and acquired the prescribed number of credits to have developed, by studying fundamental chemistry knowledge and carrying out full-fledged experiments, the ability to appropriately apply the chemistry knowledge and techniques that they have learned to a range of situations, and thus awards them degrees.
Curricular Policy
The Department of Chemistry offers a curriculum that gives students a fundamental understanding of chemistry and first-hand experience with full-fledged experiments, allowing them to study advanced content according to their interests. In their compulsory classes, students develop a solid foundation in chemistry, and in their elective classes they are able to study more advanced content. Between their first and third years, students are expected to proactively participate in the student experiments that are available. In their fourth year graduation research projects, students focus on a theme of their own choice, and experience the thrill of research.

Education and Research Aims and Key Policies (Department of Mathematics)

Faculty Department Education and Research Aims
Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics  In accordance with the educational aims of the Faculty of Science, the Department of Mathematics produces graduates who will contribute to society, by teaching students the logical thinking and calculation ability, mathematical insight, and so forth that are particularly important in mathematics. In terms of research, the department contributes to the development of culture and science through research in the wide range of fields covered by mathematics.
Diploma Policy
The Department of Mathematics deems students who have completed the required number of years of study and acquired the prescribed number of credits to have developed the ability, through the study of fundamental mathematical theorems and training in logical thinking, to correctly apply the various theorems that they have learned to a range of situations, and thus awards them degrees.
Curricular Policy
The Department of Mathematics offers a curriculum that gives students an understanding of the fundamental theorems of mathematics, allowing them to study advanced content according to their interests. In their first year, students take foundational seminars that provide a smooth transition from high school to university mathematics; then, after taking regular lectures and seminars in their second and third years, in their fourth year they focus on a final graduation thesis based around a theme of their own choice. All of these seminars are held in small classes, and are structured to fully take advantage of the merits of small-group seminars.

Education and Research Aims and Key Policies (Department of Life Science)

Faculty Department Education and Research Aims
Faculty of Science Department of Life Science In accordance with the educational aims of the Faculty of Science, the Department of Life Science produces graduates with an in-depth understanding of life phenomena by educating them about the molecules and cells that living things are composed of, and the structure, function, interaction, and so forth of living organisms. In terms of research, the department contributes to the development of science and furtherment of society through fundamental and applied research in the wide range of fields covered by the life sciences.
Diploma Policy
The Department of Life Science deems students who have completed the required number of years of study and acquired the prescribed number of credits to have developed, by studying fundamental life science knowledge and carrying out full-fledged experiments, the ability to appropriately apply the life science knowledge and techniques that they have learned to a range of situations, and thus awards them degrees.
Curricular Policy
The Department of Life Science offers a curriculum that gives students a fundamental understanding of life science and first-hand experience with full-fledged experiments, allowing them to study advanced content according to their interests. In their compulsory classes, students develop a solid foundation in the life sciences, and in their elective classes they are able to study more advanced content. Between their first and third years, students are expected to proactively participate in the student experiments that are available. In their fourth year graduation research projects, students focus on a theme of their own choice, and experience the thrill of research.