Graduate School of Integrated Basic Sciences, Nihon University

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POLICIES
Admission Policy
The Department of Correlative Study of Physics and Chemistry aims to cultivate competent researchers, engineers and educators who have a wide vision and great creativity and will make a positive contribution to society, in physics, chemistry, biology and related interdisciplinary fields. With this purpose, the department recruits enthusiastic and inquisitive students with the academic and English language skills and with a desire to contribute to society.
We are always open to motivated individuals who:
  • Search the truth with perseverance and passion.
  • Have basic academic skills and high motivation toward knowledge and learning.
  • Demonstrate excellent creativity and flexibly.
  • Have a desire to contribute to society as a researcher, engineer or educator.
  • Have a strong will and determination to achieve great success in scientific discovery or technological development.
Curriculum Policy
The Department of Correlative Study of Physics and Chemistry offers education and conducts theoretical and experimental research concerning various aspects of materials, including their structures, interactions, reactions and functions. It covers a wide range of fields and dimensions, from a micro-level to macro-level, from basic research to real-world applications.
It has four divisions (Division of Solid-State Physics, Division of Molecular Functional Sciences, Division of Optical and Electronic Sciences, Division of Mathematical Physics) provides a curriculum with emphasis on basic science subjects (physics, chemistry and biology) and their application.
State-of-the-art research activities under the guidance of their faculty advisors help students acquire logical thinking ability and problem-solving skills, and enhance presentation and communication skills.
In the first stage of the doctoral program, students select optional subjects from a wide range of subjects covering the disciplinary areas, which are available to all students of this department. Besides the acquisition of knowledge required in the specialized field, students are encouraged to broaden their horizons and to apply what they have learnt to their own research. Through this process, students will refine applied skills and flexibility, and will be able to make more contribution to society.
In the second stage of the doctoral program, students perform doctoral dissertation work under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Through the entire dissertation process, including an oral defense, the student will develop the skills required to be an independent researcher who can attract competitive research funding for their own projects.
Diploma Policy
In pursuit of harmony between science and nature, the Department of Correlative Study of Physics and Chemistry provides education and research to cultivate a better understanding of the rules of nature and to promote science and technology for the environment. To achieve these goals, applicants for our Master's and doctoral degrees are encouraged to:
  1. Acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the specific field of expertise
  2. Increase awareness of social and environmental issues and develop the ability to design a solution based on the knowledge of the specialized field
  3. Have sound ethics and the ability to contribute to society through science
The requirements for these degrees are outlined below:
The first stage of the doctoral program
The degree of Master of Science will be awarded upon successful completion of at least 30 course credits and research work within the designated number of years, and passing the thesis examination and the final examination.
The second stage of the doctoral program
The degree of Doctor of Science will be awarded upon successful completion of research work within the designated number of years, and passing the dissertation examination and the final examination.

Division of Mathematical Physics

The first stage of the doctoral program

Analysis of mathematical models of natural phenomena
The goal of this program is to provide students with basic notions of mathematical analysis.
Students will learn how to analyze fundamental natural interactions using statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics, and will study the structure and properties of atoms, particles, and molecules.

The second stage of the doctoral program

The goal of this program is to provide students with opportunities to theoretically elucidate the physical phenomena in condensed matter. Students will acquire practical experience and advanced skills through the following courses:
Advance Research in Computational Physics - elucidates the macroscopic properties of atoms, molecules, clusters and interacting low-dimensional systems.
Advance Research in Condensed Matter Physics - investigates the structure and properties of solids, nucleus, and particles.

Division of Solid-State Physics

The first stage of the doctoral program

Study of characteristics, behavior, and control of various materials
The goal of this program is to provide students with knowledge and skills to research physical and chemical properties of materials.
Students will learn how to analyze the electronic states of atoms and molecules in a material from both a theoretical and an experimental point of view.

The second stage of the doctoral program

The goal of this program is to provide students with opportunities to experimentally elucidate various materials.
Students will acquire practical experience and advanced skills through the following courses:
Advance Research in Complex System Science - clarifies the origin and mechanics of various phenomena in complex materials.
Advance Research in Material Sciences - develops functional materials and elucidates physical phenomena.

Division of Optical and Electronic Sciences

The first stage of the doctoral program

Research on the interaction of light and materials
The goal of this program is to provide students with basic knowledge and skills to understand and conduct research in the fields of wave optics and electromagnetic optics.
Students will perform research on the following themes: Link between spectroscopy and quantum theories, motion of charged particles in an electromagnetic field and application of the findings to electron microscopes and particle accelerators, and photo-chemical reactions.

The second stage of the doctoral program

The goal of this program is to provide students with opportunities to conduct research on control and application of optical and electronic functions of various materials under a wide variety of conditions.
Students will acquire practical experience and advanced skills through the following courses:
Advance Research in Applied Optics - develops technologies for optical and electronic function control based on wave optics and electromagnetic optics.
Advance Research in Functional Sciences of Materials - studies functions of materials from various view points.

Division of Molecular Functional Sciences

The first stage of the doctoral program
Elucidation of reaction mechanism and synthesis of functional materials
The goal of this program is to provide students with basic knowledge and skills to investigate the properties of wide range of materials on many levels of scale, from the molecular to the mesoscopic, and create novel functional materials.
Students will:
  • Understand the characteristics of a large variety of compounds, ranging from organic and inorganic molecules, crystals, clusters, to mesoscopic objects, as well as the properties of solid surfaces and super lattices.
  • Develop new functional materials and analyze their physical properties.
  • Determine the functions of various substances of natural materials, including plant, animal and other environmental substances, and elucidate the mechanism of the system.
The second stage of the doctoral program

The goal of this program is to provide students with opportunities for the synthesis and structural determination of physiologically active substances and functional materials, and for the elucidation of their reaction mechanism and physical properties and functions.
Students will acquire practical experience and advanced skills through the following courses:
Advance Research in Cluster and Surface Sciences - aims to provide better understanding of naturally occurring or artificially synthesized organic and inorganic molecules, clusters, super lattices, and mesoscopic particles.
Advance Research in Catalysis Chemistry - develops novel functional materials and unravels their physical properties and functions.
Advance Research in Biological Molecule Chemistry - determines the functions of various substances of natural materials, including plant, animal and human substances, and clarifies the mechanism of the system.
Advance Research in Molecular Biology - analyzes the mechanism that regulates animal cell growth and differentiation.