Life is a superb information system.
Living organisms and the world of molecules are marvelous information systems that have been created by nature. All life phenomena such as genes, cells, monads, ecosystems, and the global environment have carried on under the stringent and sophisticated control of this system. Biological systems are rich repositories of natural designs that set standards from which people should learn. “Life,” “information” and “engineering” are the keywords in this department, which offers courses and research opportunities in this new interdisciplinary field, embracing life science, chemistry, and computer science (bioinformatics). Students can major in both the in-demand field of “information science and information engineering,” and the epoch-making field of “bioscience and biotechnology,” linking the two fields together. Recently, advanced technologies for information and communication are essential at research institutes, R&D, production sites, as well as in the chemical, biotechnology and medical industries. Our Department of Bioscience and Bioinformatics is among the few in Japan that fosters human resources for these demands, and our graduates face high expectations from society.
Learn biology and chemistry experiments as well as information processing.
The curriculum for the Department of Bioscience and Bioinformatics is designed to cover the basics of biology and chemistry, equipping the students with comprehensive information processing technology, as well as experimental techniques in biochemistry and genetic engineering. We offer courses in the analyses of biotic information with information processing technology (so-called bioinformatics*), and courses that aim at engineering applications for biotic information. It is earmarked both by biology experiments (wet study) and information engineering practicums (dry study). In the final year, students engage in cutting-edge research under the guidance and supervision of faculty members with distinctive characters who are active in these wide-ranging areas. Students can also obtain a high school teacher’s license (mathematics and information) if they desire. The courses in informatics (compulsory) cover the widest range of questions from the Exam for the National Certificate of Fundamental Information Technology Engineers. They also contain units on subject matters related to the examination for the Bioinformatics Certificate (Japan Biological Informatics Consortium).
The understanding of life (learning), simulations of the life mechanism on computers (mimic), and the development of effective medications or cultivation of microorganisms that are beneficial and friendly to the environment (creating) will be crucial factors for human life. Our faculty members are actively conducting various researches from the perspectives of “life,” “information” and “engineering.” Bioinformatics is one of those areas of research among them.
*Bioinformatics: A new techno-academic discipline that deals with biological issues by applying techniques in mathematics, informatics, statistics, computer science, and others. This discipline was derived from the realization that it is imperative to exploit the power of computers, as the ability of humans is limited for the exhaustive analyses and utilization of the vast amount of genetic data and results from biological experiments.