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Features of the School of Mathematics and Physics

Aims and policies

Understanding complex natural phenomena through the study and the discovery of the fundamental principles of natural sciences

Mathematics and Physics are fundamental fields of academic study that cover a wide spectrum of modern science, especially the natural science, that were developed in a process of mutual influence over a long period of time. The establishment of the computer simulation algorithm, a new research tool, brought significant progress in our understanding of natural phenomena that were too complex for previous methods to explain.

Contributing to the rapid progress of 21st century-type science

The School of Mathematics and Physics conducts research and education which organically integrates leading-edge Mathematics, Physics, and Computational Science to contribute to the further development of these and related fields, and cultivates young minds capable of critical thought to play an active role throughout society utilizing their creative abilities.


Education programs

The School of Mathematics and Physics has three courses; Mathematics, Physics and Computational Science. Students devote their first year to basic coursework that forms the foundation of studies in these three areas, which provides them the opportunity to consider which of the three they would like to pursue as they enter their 2nd year. There is no fixed quota limiting the number of students of each course. Coursework from the 2nd year stresses specialized education specific to each course. Fourth year students participate in small research groups under the guidance of faculty advisors to concentrate on individualized research in preparation for their graduation presentations. Students conceive, make calculation and analyses, plan and conduct experiments, and present their results. Students are not limited to research within their course, but are free to choose any research group within the School of Mathematics and Physics that they feel will facilitate their investigation into the specific topic they wish to pursue.