The disciplines of the 6th academic group touch people's everyday lives in numerous ways. Second-year students affiliate themselves with one of the following three departments in the School of Environment and Society: the Department of Architecture and Building Engineering, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, or the Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering.
The Department of Architecture and Building Engineering comprehensively covers the engineering fields of building and facility design, urban planning, structures and materials, among others. A trinity of academics, technology, and art, this department provides education which develops broad vision, deep insight, and creative imagination in all students.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering revolves around civic undertakings such as the construction of bridges and tunnels, the development of transportation systems, disaster prevention, and environmental issues.
The Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering covers a breadth of academic disciplines, focusing not only on science and engineering but also on the humanities and social sciences. The department provides problem-solving oriented education to deal with global- and urban-scale problems, and aims to contribute to the betterment of society.
Most students in this academic group go on to pursue master's degrees. Many graduates build careers in national and municipal branches of government, public agencies, and transportation, construction and planning, manufacturing, energy, and consulting companies.
The Department of Architecture and Building Engineering mainly designs buildings, while the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering focuses on infrastructure improvement and interactions between building structures and the natural environment. These departments constantly work together to improve the Ookayama Campus. Tokyo Tech Front, located across from Ookayama station, and the environmental load-reducing Ookayama Library were constructed as part of the Tokyo Tech campus plan. The design of the Main Building, Centennial Hall, research buildings, a crossover bridge, and Ookayama station square are also the result of the ideas and expertise of faculty members of this academic group. Campus advancement never stops at Tokyo Tech.
Applying integrated knowledge of science, engineering, humanities, and social sciences to design solutions according to social needs is vital in a global society. The Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering provides problem-solving oriented education and research opportunities in various fields — weather phenomena, international development and environmental policies, cleanup and recycling, global logistics, project management, and integrated design and engineering to name but a few.