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School of Science

School of Science Exploring the Truth and Creating Knowledge

Science is inquiring into laws and logic, motivated by interest in the fundamental principles of how the natural world is made. In the School of Science, students study the laws hidden within all sorts of phenomena, such as the elegant theorems built from layers of logic, the structure of the microworld of molecules and atoms, and even the internal structure of Earth and the structure of the universe. Imagine the astonishment from the realization that the structure of the sprawling universe can be revealed through reasoning and experiments. Picture the joy in creating never-before-seen substances by making various materials react with each other, and the thrill of verifying inferences made about the interior structure of the earth through experiments above ground. The School of Science trains students to engage in this kind of cutting-edge research, and produces graduates who can succeed in society on the basis of these skills.

Why Study at the School of Science?

The School offers an ideal place for students hoping to pursue in depth those fields that spark their interest.

The School offers an ideal place for students hoping to pursue in depth those fields that spark their interest.

Being able to study the field you like, based on your interests, is the biggest appeal. Students will become able to decide what field to concentrate on based on the knowledge acquired after entering university among the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and earth and planetary sciences. This is important as subjects taught at university are quite different from what students might have previously imagined.

You develop the fundamental skills for your preferred fields, which makes finding a job easier.

You develop the fundamental skills for your preferred fields, which makes finding a job easier.

Students will find that their years of study at their School of choice is rewarded with good job prospects. Graduates of the School of Science have a reputation for having a solid academic foundation, so that when a problem occurs in the workplace, they do not just take temporary measures — they get to the root cause and produce a real solution.

Making new friends at the School of Science will make the college experience even more fulfilling.

Making new friends at the School of Science will make the college experience even more fulfilling.

Our community of highly capable students intellectually stimulates each individual through interaction with their peers. Voluntary study groups are popular among our students, and some students make progress beyond what is usually required in class. Students with similar interests congregate here, making the place an ideal base for those wishing to immerse themselves in their studies and club activities.

At a Glance

School of Science
1st year of bachelor's program
Undergraduate Major
(undergraduate study year 2–4)
Graduate Major
School of Science*1
School-Affiliated Research Center
Advanced Research Center for Quantum Physics and Nanoscience

*1 1st-year undergraduates enrolled before April 2018 are affiliated with the 1st Academic Group, while those enrolled in or after April 2019 are affiliated with the School of Science.

*2 Interdisciplinary graduate majors connected to multiple departments

Featured Education and Research Activities

Initiative for the Internationalization of the Course Curriculum

Initiative for the Internationalization of the Course Curriculum

With the increasing globalization of society in recent years, the internationalization of the course curriculum has also become an important issue. At the School of Science, we have a group of full-time faculty who are native English speakers teaching courses in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry since 2015. Attendance is not limited to international students. The courses are effective for improving English proficiency, and the number of Japanese students taking these courses is on the rise. We are making steady progress in our effort to internationalize our Basic Science and Technology Courses.

Offering International Seminars and Lectures

Offering International Seminars and Lectures

In the School of Science, we hold seminars and joint forums on cutting-edge scientific research by inviting guest lecturers from around the world. Undergraduate and graduate students have also planned and carried out international workshops. Through these avenues we provide students with opportunities to be directly involved with frontline activities.

Initiatives to Improve the Quality of Education

Initiatives to Improve the Quality of Education

The School is not only dedicated to the education of students but the training of faculty as well. The school offers study sessions on teaching and conducts mutual classroom observation by teaching staff. All of us are always looking for ways to provide the best education and learning environment possible for Tokyo Tech students. Other initiatives include the conferral of awards on two of our junior faculty members every year in recognition of teaching excellence.

Message from Students

Ayaka Ise

Working on Research for the Visualization of Four-Dimensional Manifolds

Ayaka Ise

2nd-year master’s student, AY 2017

Department of Mathematics, School of Science

It is difficult to see four-dimensional manifolds (figures) in real life. In modern mathematics, we are able to visualize them by decomposing them into "handles". My research theme contemplates the four-dimensional sphere. Before we started studying pure mathematics in university, we learned about spheres as two-dimensional figures. However, mathematics allows us to consider higher dimensional spheres. Visualizing four-dimensional manifolds helps us to investigate four-dimensional spheres, and results in further development of mathematics. I am extremely intrigued by this challenging, worthwhile and groundbreaking work.

Lukas Berns

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe

Lukas Berns

2nd-year master’s student, AY 2018

Department of Physics, School of Science

Many aspects of the universe still remain unknown, one of such is the origin of all matter which forms everything from stars to us humans. To investigate this issue, we fire a beam of neutrinos from an accelerator in east-Japan at the Super-Kamiokande detector located 300 km away (T2K experiment), and precisely study the properties of these elementary particles which might have played an essential role in the matter formation process. Through worldwide cooperation we are starting to understand more and more about our wonderful universe — I can hardly contain my excitement!

Shoya Watanabe

Limitless Possibilities of Transition Metals Make Research Efforts Worthwhile

Shoya Watanabe

1st-year doctoral student, AY 2017

Department of Chemistry, School of Science

Exploring the use of transition metal complexes in chemical reactions, I seek to synthesize complex carbon structures from simple organic compounds, and to illustrate their skeletal structures. The elements on the periodic table from Group 3 to Group 11 are called “transition metals”, which are used around the world in the research and testing of organic chemical reactions. The possibilities regarding the use transition metals are limitless, making my research feel extremely worthwhile. I want to further my knowledge in and innovation in the use of organic chemical reactions that will lead to the ability to synthesize various materials and pharmaceuticals.

Saya Kagami

Investigating How Asteroid Vesta Formed and Evolved

Saya Kagami

1st-year doctoral student, AY 2016

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Science

Acquiring information about Vesta, an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter, from 4.5 billion years ago is a truly captivating experience. I also find the process of conducting cutting-edge chemistry experiments and uncovering fresh data to be a lot of fun. Alongside my research, I am actively involved in outreach activities, sharing my passion with a wider community. I hope that my efforts help connect people with this fascinating discipline and increase female participation in research.

Number of Students and Faculty Members

Students - 1,173

Faculty - 169

* Student numbers denote maximum student capacity of the department.

* Number of faculty is subject to change.

Click below for the list of School of Science faculty.

List of Faculty

Teaching Certificates That Can Be Acquired

<Undergraduate Degree Program>

First-Class Teaching Certificate for Lower Secondary School(Mathematics, science)

First-Class Teaching Certificate for Upper Secondary School(Mathematics, science)

<Master's Degree Program>

Advanced Class Teaching Certificate for Lower Secondary School(Mathematics, science)

Advanced Class Teaching Certificate for Upper Secondary School(Mathematics, science)

Disclosure of Information

Message from the Dean

Kotaro YAMADA

The natural human desire to discover the secrets and understand the mechanisms of the world have led to incredible progress in scientific research. With the passage of time, knowledge has grown to gargantuan amounts, and our understanding of this knowledge has grown more profound. The world in which our journey continues has become ever wider, as have the unknowns that we have yet to unveil. There is still so much we can and ought to do. Driven by our yearning to discover and understand, let us continue together in expanding the knowledge available to humankind. Kotaro YAMADA

  • Yoshihiro TONEGAWA, Associate Dean for Planning
  • Taishi NAKAMOTO, Associate Dean for Education
  • Toshimasa FUJISAWA, Associate Dean for Research
  • Shinya KOSHIHARA, Associate Dean for Finance