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.
In addition to chemistry classes in the first year, first-year students are encouraged to take classes in mathematics, physics, English, and other academic subjects to acquire a broad knowledge of the subject, while second-year students begin specialized chemistry classes. In the fourth year, students are assigned to a laboratory and start preparing for their graduation thesis. In this way, students at the College of Chemistry can learn everything from the basics to applications, and they can also learn about their other interest areas besides chemistry. It can be hard work at times, but it is very challenging and rewarding.
When I was in high school, I loved chemistry and decided to enter the College of Chemistry. When I first enrolled in the college, I remember being puzzled by the differences between the chemistry in a university and that which I had studied until then. However, to my surprise, the variety of classes, professors, and students I encountered broadened my interest in chemistry. In addition, I feel that I am very fortunate to be in a good environment to study chemistry because of the excellent research facilities. This is a very stimulating environment for me to learn chemistry and expand my horizons. I hope you will enjoy your new encounters at the University of Tsukuba!