Department of Bioproduction Science

Curriculum

Note: Students are required to take and complete 34 or more elective subjects in addition to the 4 compulsory subjects (if a one-credit subject is taken, 35 or more subjects must be selected and completed).

Specialized Subjects(specific)

Plant Production Science

This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of plant production science with an emphasis on physiological and ecological perspectives. Following an introduction to the multidisciplinary subjects of plant production science, various topics in plant production are covered, with a focus on clusters of plants as high efficiency solar energy conversion systems.

Industrial Crop Science

This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of industrial crop science. Topics include fiber crops (cotton, hemp, flax, etc.), recreational crops (coffee, tea, cocoa trees, etc.), sugar crops (sugar beet, sugar cane, etc.), oil crops (rapeseed, coconut palm, oil palm, etc.), and forage crops (forage grasses and forage legumes). The recent topics of environmental remediation crops and energy crops are also covered in this course.

Introduction to Animal Science

Lectures are given for students to understand the origin of livestock, the history of the animal industry in Japan and the relationship between the animal industry and the environment as well as to gain fundamental knowledge on nutrition, feeding management, reproduction, breeding, hygiene and the processing of livestock. In addition, students can obtain a wider knowledge of the animal industry in their learning of the outline of livestock farm management, distribution of animal products and livestock farming.

Animal Nutrition

Biochemical and molecular-biochemical explanations are given on the types, digestion, absorption and metabolism of nutrients for animals. In addition, explanations are given on methods to calculate the nutrient requirements of animals, characteristics of feed and the feeding regimens of animals.

The Agricultural market and Distribution

The purpose of this course is to acquire the basic knowledge for understanding and analyzing the agricultural market using economics and econometric methods. The course will cover the following topics to provide knowledge useful for the development of agricultural markets and distribution: markets and price mechanism basics, distribution basics, the functions of retailers and wholesalers, food safety issues during the distribution process, and environmental problems related to distribution.

Agriculture, forestry, and marine policy

The goal of this course is to acquire the knowledge for developing effective policy for rejuvenating Japanese agriculture, forestry and fisheries. In the first half of the course, I will teach students basic theories and tools of economics that are useful for understanding economic policies in agriculture. In the latter half, I will have students identify topics in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and have them present and discuss the current problems in these areas. The students are required to use the economic theory and tools taught in the first half of the course for their presentation, so they will be able to learn how to apply economic theories and tools to analyze problems in Japanese agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Experiments/Practicums

Laboratory Work in Plant Production Science I

This course is designed to give first-hand exposure to the scientific methods of plant production science, which involves experimental design, careful observation and the building and testing of hypotheses. A total of eight lab classes and one field trip will be provided. Through this course, you will gain practical knowledge about the experimental nature of plant production science and strengthen knowledge gained in the lecture course. Through the field trip, you will deepen your appreciation of the value of plant production and its importance for humankind.

Laboratory Work in Animal Production

Experiments using animal organs and tissues are conducted to gain fundamental knowledge on embryology and anatomy. In addition, digestion trials and chemical analysis are used to determine feed values, and evaluation of the stress status of animals is made by observing behavior and determining hormones.

Specialized Subjects(common subjects)

Introduction to Microbiology

Microorganisms are everywhere in the natural world, and their activities greatly contribute to the maintenance of the earth’s environment and also to the production of agricultural products. Microorganisms are also deeply involved in human health and disease, and they play an important role in food production and industrial production. In this subject, an outline of the biological and general characterization of microorganisms is explained from the point of view of molecular biology. Also, microorganisms, which are closely related to human life are shown and explained individually. Basic knowledge of microbial evolution, classification, cell-structure and utilization of microorganisms is explained in detail.

Experimental Course on Recombinant DNA

The aim of this course is to learn the principles and experimental techniques needed for genome analysis.

Soil Environmental Science

Soil is the fundamental materials for the resources of globe and food production. Soil environmental science will enable students to understand the physical, chemical and biological properties of soil to grasp the soil ecosystems on the earth. Especially the proposal of new adsorption/desorption mechanisms of essential elements in soil will allow students to fascinate.