Message from the Dean
Invitation to join the Faculty of Science
Professor Mitsuo Takeda, Dean, Faculty of Science
The aims of the Faculty of Science are to more fully understand nature and to build a better human society. We research a broad range of topics from the abstract world, to elementary particles and the universe, to living organisms and their environments.
Located within an abundance of nature, history and tradition in Nagano, we aim to foster a view of nature in harmony and, through basic research, to foster broad scholarship and the ability to meet the challenges of changes within a complex and diverse society of the future.
How about enjoying a full and active student life surrounded by the rich natural environment of Nagano's Matsumoto City? We look forward to welcoming new students with a love of nature, experimentation and inspiration.
Professor Mitsuo Takeda, Dean, Faculty of Science, Shinshu University
The Faculty of Science is a place to probe intellectual inquisitiveness. Here we study in detail the large variety of phenomena in the natural world and from that pursue the laws that exist within it. In the Faculty of Science at Shinshu University, based on this scientific philosophy and that of the university, we aim to preserve Nagano's rich natural environment, its history and culture and the lives of the people. Through intellectual property and enterprise, we work to preserve the environment, improve public welfare and provide help in the fostering of industry. We are fostering young individuals able to understand, accept and live in harmony with the diverse nature, cultures and ideas in this world. While valuing individuality, we are cultivating people with a broad interdisciplinary perspective and flexible adaptability. We maintain responsibility for ensuring that the results of our research are used for the welfare of man, while not violating the sanctity of nature.
Based on both the philosophy of the Faculty of Science and that of Shinshu University, here at the Faculty of Science we hold as our purpose education, research, social contribution and international exchange.
We aim to foster talented individuals who are constantly intellectually inquisitive and questioning of all phenomena of the natural world. Not only do they hold a deep understanding of their specific field, these well-qualified individuals also respond flexibly to challenges outside their specialty. Their broad outlook and adaptability make them valuable members of society. By using the rich natural environment of Nagano as an educational resource, we strive to educate our successors who can contribute to scientific advance in harmony with nature.
Through unwavering intellectual curiosity and inquisitive minds, and using mathematical scientific theory, we work to closely investigate the laws that lie within the phenomena and their circumstances of the natural world. We aim to promote creative research that contributes to the advancement of sciences in harmony with nature and society, while enabling the sustainable development of human society. We continually present our accomplishments to the region and the world to build a research environment that enables the successors of the next generation of scientific development to progress into the future.
We are aware of our role as the center of knowledge in the region and work for the preservation of the natural environment of Nagano Prefecture, sustaining people's living environment, the advancement of regional industry and involvement in lifelong learning. We actively contribute to making this an international and advanced information society through close cooperation with both the local community and people in associated fields, and we endeavor to open up the Faculty of Science at Shinshu University to society.
By utilizing Nagano's rich environmental, educational and research base, we cooperate with researchers from many countries and actively accept international students, working to fulfill our role as the center of Nagano's international exchange with the world.
Founded in 1919, Matsumoto Higher School became the Faculty of Arts and Science, Shinshu University under the new system, and then became the parent school for the Faculty of Science in April 1966, and was then reorganized in April 1995.
As the school for elementary natural science, the Faculty of Science now offers the six subjects of Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology and Environmental Sciences.
Through our research topics, we theoretically and experimentally draw on the laws that control the natural world and then investigate those laws at a greater depth. This is like faculties of science at other universities, but the Faculty of Science at Shinshu University has certain special characteristics associated with its geographical location. In other words, Nagano Prefecture is ideally situated to carry out experiments on the abundant nature in its mountains and bodies of water, to monitor cosmic and other radiation, and to cultivate a desire and willingness to search for the truth through close contact with nature.
Such elementary research into the field of nature is the key to the future of human society.