Departments and Majors covering a broad range of science and engineering fields

Departments and Majors

Departments and Majors


What is the difference between the Physics Department and the Applied Physics Department?

The Physics Department focuses on the essence of natural phenomena and the study of universal laws.

Examples of such fields:
Elementary particle physics and nuclear physics Molecular motors, proteins and biophysics Condensed matter physics (superconductivity, magnetism, dielectrics and crystal growth) Astrophysics

The Applied Physics Department studies the application of physics to a diversity of fields.

Examples of such diverse fields:
Mathematical physics
Statistical physics and the science of complex systems Surface and condensed matter physics by neutron scattering Optics Optical communications and semiconductor spintronics Robotics and computer graphics Liquid crystal and soft matter


What is the difference between chemistry / biochemistry and applied chemistry?

Everything starts from atoms and molecules

"Chemistry" is a discipline that studies material synthesis, reaction and functions at a molecular level. It has made a significant contribution to prosperity through the development of many useful materials such as medicines, synthetic fibers and plastics. Conversely, it is also a fact that a number of these materials have caused drug-induced suffering and pollution problems. The call on twenty-first century chemistry is for high-level technologies that produce materials that benefit society with minimum environmental impact. Accordingly, chemistry must not only continue traditional knowledge and technology, but also establish new methods for elucidating phenomena related to materials composed of atoms and molecules while exploit those methods in the development of new technologies. Chemistry and biochemistry aim to "adroitly design, synthesize and evaluate molecules."

Contributing to humanity through chemistry

Applied chemistry goes beyond academic chemistry to study "usable chemistry". Based on the academic discipline of chemistry, applied chemistry looks for ways of producing useful products and seeks to optimize the methods used for manufacturing such products. Aiming to support and promote the development of society and daily life through chemistry, applied chemistry encompasses specialized fields including ceramics, plastics, catalysts, foodstuffs, medicines, and electronic materials. It also enables students to become knowledgeable in chemical engineering, and to acquire the skills needed to apply such knowledge in design of manufacturing processes. This discipline aims for mastery of chemistry that is beneficial to mankind and the environment, and can be applied to a variety of problems.


What are the differences between the three "life" related departments?

The current rapid development of life sciences is built on integration of research in diverse research areas. The achievements and discoveries of leading-edge research cannot be made by conventional methods carried out within isolated areas of research. At Waseda University's School of Advanced Science and Engineering, three departments actively promote bio-related education and research. Each department conducts education and research in line with a curriculum reflecting the characteristics of that department and its student education policy. Shared characteristics include the advancement of life science research that exploits the strengths of science and engineering research. The characteristics of the three departments are as follows.

Department of Electrical Engineering and Bioscience

The department pursues cutting-edge research not only in electrical engineering and bioscience but also in areas where they intersect. Of the two areas, bioscience includes circadian clocks, structural biology, systems biology, neurons and translational medicine, among others, while the areas where they overlap include SQUID-based brain mapping, hyperspectral imaging-based medical equipment, brain–machine interfaces and bioinformatics. A notable aspect of the department is that it encourages students to present their research results at international and domestic conferences as early as possible. This is one of the main reasons that the graduates of this department are confident of themselves, in both technical and presentation skills. These qualities are highly appreciated by many institutions. Our students play active roles at the forefront of society.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Together with the dramatic progress of life sciences, the conventional field of academic chemistry has entered a significant period of reform, with biology-based chemistry attracting renewed interest. To promote widespread understanding of life phenomena from fundamentals to application using chemistry and biochemistry – i.e. atoms and molecules – as a starting point, we have put together an excellent curriculum to provide education and research guidance to students.

Department of Life Science and Medical Bioscience

The Department of Life Science and Medical Bioscience has devised a curriculum to facilitate the study of medical science basics from an understanding of molecular science relating to life phenomena, as well as a diversity of fields in the sphere of physics and biotechnology. Using this as a base, the department strives to foster development of human resources capable of elucidating life phenomena and diseases, and of developing new medicines and medical equipment as well as diagnostic and treatment methods.

Fields of research conducted in these departments cover a broad range of topics. Therefore, please refer to each department's homepage for specifics about research being conducted.

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