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School of Biological Sciences

Key features

  1. Equipped with the latest research facilities and equipment to support high-level research into marine and terrestrial life forms.
  2. Substantial fieldwork component in locations throughout Japan, from the vast expanses of Hokkaido in the north to the tiny island of Iriomotejima in southern Okinawa.
  3. Limited to small group sizes for effective learning.

Message from the Dean

Professor Shinichi Amino

  • Department: Biology
  • Specializations: Plant physiology, plant cell biology

The world today has a great need for biology theory and techniques in a number of fields. Optimal development cannot take place without a consideration of biological diversity. The School of Biological Sciences offers a comprehensive and multifaceted study of life on the land and in the sea, with the vast expanses of Hokkaido providing the ideal environment for experiential learning. Through practical exercises and field studies, students acquire fundamental skills and attributes for functioning in society, such as teamwork and positivity. If you have an interest in plant and animal life in its myriad forms, we will satiate your curiosity and provide you with a concrete pathway towards a fulfilling career in this exciting field.

Admission criteria

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to self-motivated study and a desire to achieve the learning objectives of the School of Biological Sciences as follows. The School of Biological Sciences aims to develop internationally competent men and women with a strong desire to promote biological diversity and the sustainable utilization of bio resources, along with the ability to translate this desire into concrete actions, in line with the founding philosophy of Tokai University and a broad appreciation of the natural environment on earth as well as human civilization and culture. Through fieldwork programs on land and at sea, students acquire a theoretical and practical understanding of the many challenges for humankind and our planet, and develop a sense of independence and autonomy for tackling challenges, with subjective and multifaceted interdisciplinary cultural knowledge and specialized knowledge and techniques in areas ranging from chemical substances to ecosystems.

Department of Biology

Key features

  1. Life Sciences track
  2. Natural Ecosystems track
  3. Extensive program of experiments and practical exercises

The Department of Biology features both fieldwork and laboratory work, allowing students to test their understanding through direct experience.

Department of Biology

The Department of Biology offers a combination of fieldwork activities such as observation and sampling exercises of life forms in the vast expanses of Hokkaido, and laboratory experimental work using the latest facilities and equipment. The Life Sciences track includes basic theory subjects such as cells and genetics, as well as biotechnology subjects such as cellular engineering, genetic engineering and food science. The Natural Ecosystems track teaches techniques for studying natural ecosystems in the wild and analyzing animal behaviors, and includes a number of outdoor exercises such as observation and collection of flora and fauna samples and studies of small animals in the forest.

Department of Marine Biology and Sciences

Key features

  1. Environment and Ecology track
  2. Fisheries track
  3. Understanding the oceans, utilizing the oceans

Learning about marine life, the ocean environment, and oceans as a source of seafood

Department of Marine Biology and Sciences

The Environment and Ecology track (Understanding the oceans) studies different ecosystems for aquatic organisms in the oceans, rivers and lakes of the world, including chemical analysis of water composition and the impacts of waves and water flows. The Fisheries track (Utilizing the oceans) looks at the physiological structures and attributes of aquatic animals, as well as principles of aqua farming such as how to boost the number of species and how to exhibit aquatic life. Students participate in a variety of environmental ecosystem studies and outdoor activities including fishing and whale watching in the stunning surrounds of Hokkaido and diving in Okinawa. This is augmented by opportunities for work experience at aquariums, local fishing cooperatives and environmental research firms. In this way, the Department of Marine Biology and Sciences equips students to become professionals in the field of marine science.