College of Agriculture
One of the important scientific challenges today is to accurately understand and apply the body of knowledge derived from genetic information. The Faculty of Agriculture has constantly evolved so that it can respond to the changing times and social demands. In 2005, it was reborn as a faculty capable of developing new sciences of the 21st century. The three concepts of the faculty, namely Life, Resources and the Environment, form a triangle, and mesh with one another to offer a place for study and research, to produce new proposals for the numerous issues we are facing today, from local to global concerns.
Department of Bioresource Science
At the Department, the functions of food crops, indoor plants, livestock, useful insects and other phenomena are studied at genetic levels. Biotechnologies are applied to research into more efficient biological production, the use of unused genetic resources and the development of new biological functions. Interdisciplinary and inter-departmental alliances have been formed also with the Applied Life Science Research Center and the Honeybee Science Research Center. Numerous achievements have been obtained from analyses of diverse biological functions and their application. The Department aims to give students a comprehensive knowledge of both new technologies such as those for gene recombination, and traditional technologies for cultivation, farming and breeding of plants and animals. It is also training people with the enthusiasm and creativity to open up new horizons in these areas, especially those capable of making contributions to the biological industries.
Department of Bioenvironmental Systems
Three sub-disciplines have been established in the Department, based on scientific knowledge of ecology, natural life forms, the environment, sustainable and recycling agriculture systems and food distribution. In the area of ecology, a deeper understanding of wildlife and flora is sought through analyses of group habitation and the structure and functions of ecological systems, as well as analyses of the lifestyles of wild plants and environmental monitoring. In the area of biological production and the environment, establishment and management of sustainable and recycling agriculture and of animal husbandry geared to the environment are being considered through the analysis, maintenance and management of functions of industrial ecological systems and mountainside villages. In environmental social sciences, the configuration of safe food distribution management systems, marketing models for agricultural products and optimum environmental management models for the food industry are being sought. Tie-ups have been formed among diverse disciplines and with the Department of Biological Resources, the Department of Life Science and the Applied Life Science Research Center. The Department aims at developing graduates who are capable of making systematic and theoretical judgments from global perspectives, to solve the issues of the day.
Department of Life Science
It has been said that the 21st century will be the century of biotechnology. Knowledge of biological phenomena has revealed the universal principles of biological phenomena based on DNA and genetic information that forms the bases of all living things. A new area in biology is being formed, in which biological phenomena are understood as protein molecular structures and as systems.
The Department of Life Science aims to understand biological phenomena from the perspective of chemistry. The basic rules regarding the structure of biological constituent substances and their diverse physiological functions, factors that control biological activities and derivation of substances for biological functions are among the topics covered by the Department, in addition to intracellular conveyance systems and gene inducing mechanisms. As can be seen, both basic and applied science as they apply to biological phenomena are taught at the Department, in the hope of forming a foundation onto which new areas of biology can be built.
Four disciplinary areas have been established in the Department of Life Science, which lead to more specific areas from the basic knowledge and techniques acquired during the first three years. Students attempt to establish methodologies, gather information (by reading academic papers), acquire technical skills and experience data processing and analysis, in the course of graduation thesis preparation. Through their endeavors, students are expected to expand their scientific views and to develop theoretical methods of thinking, in a comprehensive way.