School of Marine Science and Technology


Area : Tokyo | Campus : Shimizu

The School of Marine Science and Technology is where students realize their ideas and dreams through the study of the ocean.
This faculty encompasses a wide range of research fields including marine culture, environment, science, resource development, fishery stock enhancement and marine transport. To be able to solve the various current problems related to our oceans, we need to cooperate internationally aiming at harmonization and symbiosis between the oceans and humankind. To achieve this objective, the School of Marine Science and Technology is organized with a study system that fosters individuals with expert capabilities in various fields related to oceanic studies. We offer a curriculum for acquiring well-balanced knowledge of both literature and science and for fostering the studentfs capability to solve issues from expert viewpoints. We also offer a special program and sub-major professional course for learning about marine business and marine sports at the Marine Frontier Education Center.
Another major feature of the School of Marine Science is that students have the opportunity to sail the vast ocean on the Bosei Maru, a research and training ship owned by Tokai University, feel the scale of the ocean and experience the importance of bonding with other students while helping each other in the special environment onboard the vessel.

Department of Maritime Civilizations

As various problems occur in modern society, society seeks the ability to look toward civilization at an in-depth level for ways to solve those problems. In this department, students develop a deep knowledge of the wisdom and technology that humankind has developed in relation to our oceans and about the methodologies for using them to solve social problems. Students will acquire the ability to understand problems such as the destruction of the environment and regional disputes, to be abele to associate marine culture and technologies with focusing the society-wide issue, and to fully utilize social skills to act with a sense of responsibility and moral values based on the strength of their thinking. The study of maritime civilizations is based on the concept of understanding the social background for harmonization and symbiosis between humankind and the oceans.

Department of Environmental and Societal Affairs

To solve the problems that impact the environment it is necessary to review the value of humankind and social criteria as well as conduct scientific investigations of the causes of problems and progress of technology. In this department, students study the specific objectives and methods of various ways for humankind to achieve harmonious coexistence with the global environment, and they will acquire the ability to use the knowledge obtained in real-world situations. Students learn about environmental issues in modern society from two viewpoints, "Environment and Society" and "Environment and Nature." The course consists not only of lecture subjects but also of practical training and exercises enhanced to enable students to acquire in-depth comprehension and performance capability through their experiences.

Department of Marine and Earth Science

Solving global environmental problems and achieving sustainable and harmonized usage of the oceans are urgent tasks for humankind. This department aims to foster individuals with inquiring minds, foresight and leverage to understand resources, energy and the global environment based on global sciences while providing field experiments and hands-on study. Students first learn math and science subjects including biology, chemistry, physics, geology and mathematics that form the basis for studying the oceans and the Earth. Students will take specialty subjects and gain interdisciplinary knowledge and learn techniques in oceanography and geosciences. At the same time they will acquire a scientific way of thinking and the ability to perform in seminars.

Department of Fisheries

Course of Applied Biological Science
Food is crucial for everyone's survival. Humans used to depend on the ocean and caught fish and other seafood, however, this is a finite resource. In this course students study the breeding systems of aquatic creatures and their environments, and develop knowledge and techniques necessary to protect and breed marine life. The field of study encompasses a wide range - from fundamental fields such as physiology, biology and classification of aquatic creatures to the theory and practice necessary to utilize creatures as valuable resources. The course is not only for fostering specialists who will protect and breed aquatic creatures, but also enables students to acquire knowledge with the viewpoint of understanding the connection between these organisms and humankind and utilizing such knowledge in society.

Course of Food Science
To be able to produce food that is safe and beneficial to human health, it is necessary to study the relationship between food and human life. In this course students will attempt to understand the chemistry that forms the basis for food and acquire specialized knowledge related to the storage, usage and processing of food and hygiene control. Students begin by studying organic chemistry and biochemistry from an elementary level and increase their understanding of fishery products used as raw ingredients in food. Students continue to improve their expertise through the evelopment of subjects such as "Fishery Food Products and Nutritional Science" for growing organisms in a safe and healthy way and the "Structure and Functions of Humans and Food" to study the structure of the human body and the functions of food, while focusing their work on career options up to and after raduation.

Department of Marine Biology

The educational theme of this department is gGetting to know organisms and the environment and exploring harmonization with our oceans.h The department offers many subjects that teach the relationships between the various creatures living in the ocean and the environment. The department is supported by two subject groups, Aquatic Bioscience and Biotic Preservation Science. Students receive practical study in a wide range of subjects including the structure of creature groups living in the ocean, their behavior and ecosystems, preservation and conservation of organism resources. A particularly attractive aspect of this department is that students have the opportunity to study characteristic themes including the behavior and ecology of large ocean creatures such as dolphins and deep-sea organisms, the protection of the natural environment and marine parks, and also that students are trained to be science teachers.

Department of Navigation and Ocean Engineering

Course of Navigation
For a country like Japan that survives by importing resources and food and exporting manufactured products, maritime transport of cargo can be considered a life-line. This course aims to foster the staff that operate sea-going vessels. The circumstances onboard ships are different these days and in most cases Japanese maritime trade companies hire foreign-flag ships. As such, the managing staff are required to have the ability to instruct and supervise foreign seamen. The curriculum is formed from a practical viewpoint and includes "Maritime Trade Practice Theory" and "International Logistics Theory" for learning ship management in addition to classes such as "Maritime English" and "Logistics English" to improve communication capabilities.

Course of Ocean Engineering
Manufacturing plays a key role in the preservation of resources lying in the vast oceans for future generations while enabling the further development of such resources. The themes of manufacturing vary widely from ships to offshore bases for underwater oilfields and undersea robots for deep-sea development. This course aims to foster manufacturing capability without a disproportionate emphasis on theoretical knowledge. Students will aim to understand nature and physical phenomena mainly in the ocean through various subjects and form ideas for solving problems, and then study expert topics systematically to become engineers capable of technological calculation, design and production control.

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Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering

Enrollment of new students will be suspended from academic year 2011.

Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering involve the design of the equipment, ocean vessels, and structures that mankind needs to make use of the oceans. Specialty mechanical engineering subjects like Control Engineering and Robotics Engineering, Ocean Vessel Engineering, Underwater Ocean Engineering, and Ocean Structure Engineering are offered. In addition, the design of offshore airports, equipment for oil field development, and underwater robotics, as well as research into the likes of sailing boats, canoes, and solar boats is being pursued.

Department of Marine Mineral Resources

Enrollment of new students will be suspended from academic year 2011.

Students in this department study earth sciences including the topography of the oceanbed, ocean currents, the earth's crust on the oceanbed, the structure of the earth's mantle, volcanoes and mineral resources. Students also study engineering subjects indispensable to ocean development such as ground engineering, oil resources and oceanbed energy. To learn about resources, it is necessary to study not only the ocean but also the planets in our solar system and space. Students study these three topics, and for their graduation research may choose from fields ranging from geology and paleontology to physical exploration and equipment.

Department of Marine Science

Enrollment of new students will be suspended from academic year 2011.

This department addresses the scientific study of the nature of the ocean and aims at the conservation of the marine environment and the effective use of the ocean. Among the scientific fields related to the ocean, students study the three fields of marine physics, marine chemistry, and marine biology at the molecular level. After studying the related specialized subjects, for their graduation research students can investigate environmental problems such as the el Nino phenomenon, global warming, and biotechnology for their graduation research. Students and their research are expected to contribute to the future of the earth.

Department of Navigation

Enrollment of new students will be suspended from academic year 2011.

This department aims to train ship's engineers that have an international outlook and persons who will be engaged in the international distribution of goods. For this reason, emphasis is placed on navigation, operation, electronic engineering, marine engines, land, sea and air distribution control, data processing, and shipboard training. The study of subjects such as nautical instruments and navigation laws involves both experiments and practical training. About 60% of our students go on to shipboard training after graduation with the aim of becoming Third Class Seamen (Navigators).

Japan imports a large quantity of its resources, energy and food from overseas, and mainly exports manufactured products. This course studies the sea, land and air transportation of imported and exported goods, as well as distribution in general, and trains persons who will be engaged in these fields. Distribution is an interdisciplinary field of learning and involves the study of a wide range of subjects, including economics, law, information technology and transportation engineering. This course also attaches great importance to language education with the aim of graduating students who will be able to work on the international stage as distribution managers in many different countries.

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