Greeting from the dean

Masayuki Nihei Dean of College of Chemistry,

Welcome to our website.

You are all here to study chemistry, to gain deeper knowledge, understanding, and higher specialization, a science dealing mainly with compounds. Roughly speaking, chemistry studies how to synthesize compounds, how they are composed, what kind of properties they have, and how they behave and react, and then expresses those things in human language—the language of science. Chemistry is a basic science that deepens our understanding of the natural principles governing compounds, both to satisfy intellectual curiosity, but, more importantly, to supply the fundamental understanding to establish basic background to create compounds which are indispensable for supporting our lives and society.

In the College of Chemistry, School of Science and Engineering, University of Tsukuba, you can study a wide range of chemistry, focusing on the three core fields of inorganic and analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry, including their interdisciplinary fields overlaps. This is an opportunity for exploration and discovery. You may have puzzled, “why is it like that?” when learning chemistry in high school; here, if you come to understand the reason why through studying chemistry here, the real pleasure of chemistry will be realized.

In addition, you will join a laboratory in the fourth grade and play an indispensable role in cutting-edge research of chemistry. When you are hands-on involved in cutting-edge research and experience the excitement of encountering something that no one knows yet or that only you know in the world, the level of pleasure and excitement will be yours to enjoy. The excellent faculty members and research environment of our department will support your growth as a person involved in chemistry. Wouldn't it be exciting to open up the forefront of chemistry with your own hands and work together with researchers around the world?

I am convinced that chemistry as a discipline will never disappoint you. In the process of studying chemistry and advancing research here, I think you will learn many important things for your life. Through your research activities, we encourage you to go on to our doctoral course to gain more and deeper knowledge about chemistry and develop your expertise in chemistry. At present, in University of Tsukuba, there are supporting programs for doctoral-course students (on-campus and off-campus) to provide sufficient environment to devote yourself to your own research by reducing worries about living expenses. At the very least, consider advancing to the doctoral course as one option for your future, to both further your study and give you the opportunity to contribute to our understanding of chemistry globally.

I am looking forward to enjoying chemistry with you at College of Chemistry, School of Science and Engineering, University of Tsukuba.

Code of Ethics on Education

Academic Policy


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.

  • In the College of Chemistry, first-year students study common courses designed for all students at the University of Tsukuba and required basic courses designed for students of science majors. Second-year students study specialized courses, such as Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry, and Biological Chemistry, together with the Basic Experiments of Chemistry. Third-year students study specialized subjects for a deeper understanding of the chemical fields in which they are interested.
  • In their third year, students spend more time on experiments. Experiments in Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry are compulsory subjects, and these will take up three afternoons per week, training students in the experimental skills required for research. Second- and third-year students read technical books on basic and specialized chemistry written in English in the courses of Basic English in Chemistry and English in Chemistry, respectively. This helps prepare them for graduate research, which will require English academic reading.
  • Fourth-year students mainly concentrate on their graduate research. The students are assigned to the laboratory and carry out their graduate research in an active atmosphere under a professor's leadership while maintaining close contact with faculty staff, graduate students, and researchers from Japanese and overseas institutions.
  • Most graduates from the College of Chemistry go on to graduate school to enhance their research capability. After that, they work for universities, national research institutes, or the chemical industry, engaging in basic research and the development of advanced technology.
In the first year, students are required to take a class "Freshman Seminar" to support their university life, and attend an "Invitation to Study" to learn about the origins and expansion of the university’s academic studies. Students can also choose to take "Bachelor’s Foundation Courses," which expose them to a wide range of ideas from society and the world.
In addition, one of the distinctive features of the College of Chemistry is that we have plenty of time for experiments in the third year. Three afternoons a week are devoted to specialized experimental training in chemistry that allows students to acquire a broad range of laboratory techniques in various fields of chemistry, including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry.
Quality assurance of education and measures for improvement
  • Each year, students voluntarily complete a class evaluation survey. We also conduct a university-sponsored survey. The results of these surveys and various issues related to the management of the school are discussed at the "Student-Faculty Roundtable," where students and faculty members meet. The results are made available to the public in the form of a report every year.
  • The faculty members in charge of each course individually conduct questionnaires to help improve the effectiveness of education.
  • Based on the questionnaires, we review the educational content and course linkages in each of the chemistry fields from time to time. In addition, we discuss in the Curriculum Committee to strengthen the linkages between each field.
  • The results of the final exams and reports are comprehensively evaluated, and rigorous credit approval is carried out.
Comprehensive selection to enter University of Tsukuba
If you are interested in not only chemistry but also other fields, or if you wish to choose the college you want to attend while actually taking classes, you can choose to enter the School of Comprehensive Studies at the University of Tsukuba.
If you meet the requirements, you will be able to join the College of Chemistry from your second year.
For more information, please see the website of the School of Comprehensive Studies.

Degree Conferral Policy

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.

  • The acquisition of basic knowledge of the natural sciences and scientific ways of thinking.
  • Understanding materials at the molecular, atomic, electronic, and chemical bonding levels.
  • The acquisition of basic chemical knowledge on universal laws of nature, unknown substances and phenomena, creation of functional materials and development of materials, finding solutions to environmental and energy problems, and clarification of biological phenomena.
  • Acquisition of flexible thinking skills and the ability to work internationally based on this knowledge and understanding.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others to solve chemistry-related problems.

Information materials of the College of Chemistry


Introduction by current students

From Students


  • Broad Learning About Chemistry
    Natsumi Matsumoto (Enrollment for 2020)

    Chemistry in university is different from “chemistry” in high school. In University of Tsukuba, you will take a variety of chemistry courses, including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, radiochemistry, and biochemistry, gaining the specialized knowledge required for future chemists. You will also have time to get a teaching license, enjoy club activities, and work part-time so that you will have your own way of making up your student life. In University of Tsukuba, you can not only enjoy a wonderful learning experience but also explore various other opportunities. Wouldn't you like to study at our university?

  • 4 Years for Chemistry Freaks
    Natsumi Watanabe (Enrollment for 2020)

    The appeal of Department of Chemistry in University of Tsukuba is that you can experience the fascination of chemistry through various lectures and that you can acquire specialized knowledge and technical skills. In lectures, you can comprehensively learn about a wide range of chemical fields. In laboratory experiments, you can challenge your research projects through experiments such as measurement and synthesis, using well-equipped facilities. In Department of Chemistry, students who love chemistry are gathering from all over the country and studying hard together. Why not spend your 4 years in Department of Chemistry and fully enjoy chemistry?