Unique curriculum with a broad spectrum of subjects in a specialized field and beyond
The curriculum of the School of Agriculture comprises a group of subjects for general education common to all departments and a group of specialized subjects for each department. The group of general subjects includes subjects in foreign language and health and physical education, and common subjects in four areas, for which each department designates the required subjects. This curriculum structure ensures that students acquire both special expertise in agriculture and general knowledge in broad fields of science and culture, which provides a foundation for further study in their major field.
The group of specialized subjects for each department comprises basic subjects, major-specific subjects, and graduation paper-related subjects. For specialized subjects, students start taking basic subjects from the first year. In the second year, in addition to the basic subjects, students are required to take a greater number of major-specific subjects, including designated electives. Experiment and practice classes begin in the second year as well. In the third and fourth years, students study to further enhance expertise in their major field. From the third year, students take a course related to graduation, where they belong to a laboratory in their specialized field and work on graduation research for which they will write a graduation paper. This course serves to deepen their relationship with professors, seniors, and other students.
Thus, in its pursuit of professional education, the School of Agriculture also focuses on the holistic development of students by promoting face-to-face academic interaction between a professor and a small number of students in each laboratory.
Course selection based on “what one really wants to learn”
For the major-specific subjects of each department, there is a course model in place to facilitate systematic study of required and related subjects. For details, please refer to the Guide to the School of Agriculture. The model is designed to clearly show how the basic and major-specific subjects in the second year are related to the major-specific subjects offered in the third and fourth years. Moreover, it ensures that students belong to a laboratory in their field of interest, study subjects related to the graduation paper, and work on graduation research.
The Department of Agriculture offers the Food Production and Environment course and Comprehensive Agriculture course. The Food Production and Environment course offers an education program geared to the future accreditation by JABEE (Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education).