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.
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.
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.