Science examines the principles of the natural world which surrounds human beings and initiates a quest for logic and laws. After completing their first year, students of the 1st academic group affiliate themselves with one of the five departments: the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Physics, the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the School of Science, or the Department of Mathematical and Computing Science in the School of Computing.
All five departments challenge the unknown on a daily basis, pursuing laws and principles that have a bearing on the fundamentals of phenomena — from the micro-world of molecules and atoms to the mechanism of the Earth and the universe. After studying the basics of natural sciences, students move on to more specialized knowledge. Fourth-year students affiliate themselves with a laboratory to carry out their Independent Research Projects.
The majority of students in this group go on to pursue master's degrees. Many graduates discover careers in the electronics, manufacturing, IT, finance, and insurance industries, or secure teaching positions. Many of those who complete doctoral degrees progress to research positions.
Science is often about the pursuit of reasoning. Developing an interest in all phenomena in the natural world and devoting oneself single-mindedly to research is important. Students of the 1st Academic Group may spend days on end measuring and observing, or fill a notebook front to back to solve one equation. Insatiably curious about the future and tenaciously pursuing the truth are two quintessential phrases to describe students in this group.
Tokyo Tech's TSUBAME2.5 is one of the world's best supercomputers in terms of both computational ability and energy efficiency. Professor Satoshi Matsuoka from the Department of Mathematical and Computing Science leads its development. Researchers and students in numerous fields utilize TSUBAME's capabilities for a plethora of tasks including climate and ocean simulation, gene analysis, computational chemistry, and machine learning. High school students compete to create the best programs for TSUBAME in the annual Supercomputing Contest.