Chemistry Major
Chemistry Major 1 2 3  Faculty
Curriculum Messages from Graduates
Syllabus Institute of Chemistry

 Astonishing advancements in scientific technology continue to support the development of human civilization. Basic chemistry has played an important role in recent technological innovations, and new materials developed through chemistry research are now in use as commercial applications. Scientists of chemistry study chemical phenomena at the molecular and electron level in order to find the universal rules of the natural world, and these basic research activities lead to the formulation of new chemical compounds, solutions to environmental and energy issues, and an understanding of life phenomena at the molecular level. Chemistry will become increasingly important in scientific developments of this century. 
 Many graduates of the Chemistry Major continue their research in graduate schools, and later on at university research centers, national institutions, and private laboratories. At the College of Natural Sciences, Chemistry Major students are trained in the basic knowledge and skills required to succeed as researchers in the international community.  
 In Year 1, students will take the common basic subjects and specialized basic subjects designed for all College of Natural Science students. In Year 2, classes in Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry will provide more specialized teaching and experiments in basic chemistry. In Year 3, there will be a range of specialist subjects so students can focus on a specific field within chemistry.

In class

 Students will be spending more time on experiments. Experiments in Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry are compulsory, and these will take up three afternoons per week, training students in the experimental skills required for research. In Years 2 and 3, students read research papers in English in courses such as Basic English in Chemistry and Advanced Reading of Foreign Literature in Chemistry, using materials both in basic chemistry and their selected field within chemistry. This helps prepare the student for the final graduation research project, which will require English academic reading.  
 The main focus in Year 4 is the graduation research project. The Chemistry Major is divided into the fields of inorganic chemistry, inorganic physical chemistry, inorganic biochemistry, coordination chemistry, physical chemistry, organic physical chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, structural organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, functional organic chemistry, and nuclear and radiochemical sciences, each conducting basic research in material structure, properties, reactions, and composition, as well as developing wide perspectives through interdisciplinary research. Each student joins a research laboratory according to the planned research topic, receiving one-to-one tutoring to complete the graduation thesis. Undergraduates will be encouraged by the lively research environment that involves not only faculty but also graduate students and researchers from Japanese and overseas institutions. By presenting their research results at laboratory seminars, the thesis presentation, and at the Chemical Society of Japan, you will be taking your first steps as a chemistry scientist.

Graduation thesis research

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