Chemistry is the study of the structures, properties, and reactivity of substances at the atomic and molecular level. While expanding our understanding of nature, we chemists create new materials, explore unknown phenomena, and elucidate biological functions and molecular mechanisms. High school chemistry introduces various types of chemical phenomena and reactions, yet does not fully explain how they occur. At university, students will be able to profoundly understand how those chemical phenomena occur, thinking through logical implications.
The College of Chemistry at University of Tsukuba provides the ideal environment for students to apply their education through research. What we are pursuing at our College of Chemistry is science, which is the source of new technology. We invite you to explore the world of science from a chemical perspective with us. Through your learning and research experiences at our College of Chemistry, we hope that you will take the first step toward becoming a chemist, while discovering beauty of chemistry.
In the College of Chemistry, faculty members put great effort into leading and educating students to improve their fundamental academic achievement and become international researchers. We train our students to acquire the broad and fundamental knowledge of chemistry—which is necessary to explore the universal laws of nature and unknown substances and phenomena—to create functional materials and develop new materials, solve environmental and energy problems, and elucidate biological phenomena at the molecular level. The program also aims to develop individuals with flexible thinking skills and the ability to work on a global scale, backed by this knowledge and understanding.
To cultivate a professional and working knowledge of chemistry over four years, we organize and implement a curriculum that builds upon the basics. The curriculum includes the core courses of lectures and experiments along with practical training courses and graduation theses for students to actively engage in learning and develop comprehensive skills in chemistry. In experiment classes, students are comprehensively evaluated for their achievements through reports, attitudes towards experiments, and performance in question-and-answer sessions.
The College of Chemistry confers the degree of Bachelor of Science on students who have acquired the knowledge and abilities required for achieving the educational goals of the University of Tsukuba’s Bachelor’s program and those who have attained the following goals, in accordance with the human resource development objectives of the University of Tsukuba.
I was interested in materials development, so I entered the College of Chemistry. Through experiments and lectures, I was able to gain a lot of experience in synthesizing various materials and measuring and explaining their properties. Although sometimes I was busy, I am very glad that I was able to study chemistry in this department. Even now, daily life is filled with new discoveries and opportunities for learning. I think that the study in the university is an "all-you-can-eat" experience. We have a minimum set of what we need to learn in order to acquire a chemical perspective, but it is up to you to decide how much else you want to learn in four years. I took additional classes required to obtain a high school teaching license (science). If you have the will and initiative, you can learn anything, and I believe that the College of Chemistry is such a dreamy place.
In the first year, the students are required to take classes from other departments in addition to the College of Chemistry; in the second year, the students are required to take more specialized chemistry classes, starting with chemistry experiments; in the third year, the students are required to do experiments three days a week, which is hard work, but it helps us to acquire laboratory skills. In the fourth year, the students do their graduation research using what they have learned so far. There are only about 50 students in the College of Chemistry, so you can take classes in a friendly environment where you know everyone. If you like chemistry and experiments, please come to the College of Chemistry at the University of Tsukuba!