ABOUT

Message from the Dean

Hiroaki Okamura (Ph.D.)
Dean & Professor of Organic Chemistry

Developing research abilities

Faculty of Science was originated from the Seventh Higher Secondary School, known as the “Zoshikan”, founded in 1901. In 1949, it was part of the Faculty of Arts and Science at then newly established Kagoshima University, and the present faculty was founded in 1965. The size and organization of the Faculty of Science has continued to grow in response to the changing times but the motto “exploration of scientific truths and principles” remained the same. To achieve this purpose, students and faculty work in harmony to conduct research activities.
The Department of Science offers five programs to educate students in their specialized fields. It is important to acquire expert knowledge, but doing so is only the beginning. The real significance of learning at the Faculty of Science is to use the knowledge and follow natural inquisitiveness, to discuss with others, and acquire the ability to pursue research.
The knowledge and skills obtained at the Faculty of Science may not necessarily link directly to the students’ jobs because of the drastic updates in the information technology and the acquired knowledge and skills get outdated soon. However, the interest and research abilities that students have acquired at the Faculty of Science will last forever and will enrich their life regardless of how fast society changes.

Faculty Introduction

Science is an academic field in which efforts are made to find the truth that lurks in natural phenomena.
The natural laws revealed by science have accumulated in the database of human wisdom, supported the development of science and technology, and enriched our lives. However, rapid scientific progress also has bad influence and created new issues regarding our environment and energy. To overcome those challenges, it is essential to pursue scientific truths and develop science further from its basics. The Faculty of Science is blessed with natural geographical characteristics of the southern Kyushu and conducts the latest education and research in the fields of natural sciences.

Educational Goal

The Faculty of Science aims to develop human resources and to equip them with the ability to grasp and solve various scientific problems.
For example:

  • To be able to build a professional career that can take a creative and leading role;
  • To have advanced research and technical capabilities that can tackle and take challenge to as-yet-unknowns.

Policies

Diploma Policy

Based on Kagoshima University’s policy of awarding degrees and the educational goals of the Faculty of Science, a bachelor’s degree will be granted to students who have acquired the following abilities and obtained the prescribed credits.

  • ability to work on various scientific issues in a multifaceted and holistic way with a high sense of ethics and from a global perspective;
  • ability to investigate, analyze and discover problems from a scientific viewpoint;
  • ability to think flexibly (thinking from the 'seeds'), using the knowledge, academic ability and expertise in their specialized field, and the ability to solve problems autonomously and practically;
  • ability to communicate effectively and work with others including those who are from fields other than their specialization.

Curriculum Policy

In order to develop human resources equipped with the abilities outlined in the diploma policy, the Faculty of Science will provide systematic curricula from the first year until graduation based on the following policy.

  • develop human resources who have a wide range of educational and international sense through General Educational Subjects;
  • provide the basic scientific knowledge in a multidisciplinary way through the Common Subjects;
  • provide advanced knowledge and experimental methods, and develop the ability to think, in their specialized fields through the Specialized Subjects offered by each Program;
  • develop the ability to explore problems, spirit of team work, sense of ethics, communication skills, and ability to make oneself understood properly through the Special Research, Special Exercise, and Reading of Academic Papers offered by each Program;
  • offer an opportunity to obtain teacher’s and curator’s license through the Subjects for Certification.

Admission Policy

  • have the basic knowledge and understanding about natural sciences and excellent academic ability in science;
  • work proactively on finding and solving problems, have intellectual curiosity, and a spirit of inquiry;
  • have a broad academic perspective and adaptability, and contribute to the development of science in harmony with nature.

History

March 1901 Foundation of the Seventh Higher School (Zoshikan).
June 1945 Burning of the school buildings due to a large-scale air raid, except some parts that survived.
January 1946 Relocated of the school to Takaono village in Izumi, and reopening of the teaching activities.
September 1947 Moving back to Kagoshima city.
May 1949 Birth of various departments, e.g, The Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Agriculture, and Faculty of Fisheries.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences comprised the Departments of Sociology, Literature, and Science.
April 1952 Burning of the building of the General Education Department due to a large-scale fire.
1955~
1958
Moving to Korimoto Campus.
1964 Ministry of Education decided to reorganize the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in order to accommodate the first-generation baby boomers.
1965 The Faculty of Science was established comprising with four departments (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Geology).
1976 Department of Biology was added.
1977 Graduate School of Science (Master’s Course) was established.
1986 The enrollment capacity was temporarily expanded to respond the second-generation baby boom.
1997 With the abolition of the General Education Department, other departments were reorganized into four departments, i.e., Mathematics and Information Science, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Bioscience, and Earth and Environmental Sciences. The teaching staff of natural sciences of the General Education Department were affiliated with the Faculty of Science. Courses were taught by several professors for large number of attendants.
1998 Integration of the Graduate school of Science and Graduate school of Engineering into the Graduate School of Science and Engineering (to conduct Master’s and Doctoral courses).
2000 Establishment of the VERA (VLBI Exploration of Radio Astrometry) observation station at Iriki town.
2001 Foundation of the graduate school in collaboration with the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).
2004 Reorganized as the National University Corporation Kagoshima University
2020 Reorganization as a Department of Science of the Faculty of Science into five Programs (Mathematics and Informatics, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth Science).

25 October 1901
Glimpse at the opening day of the Seventh Higher School (Zoshikan) at the front of the main building of the former Tsurumaru Castle.

Presently, the premise is used by the Kagoshima Prefectural Museum of Culture Reimeikan.

Facilities

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