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Faculty of Agriculture

Agriculture is an applied science with a basis in the disciplines of food science, life science and environmental science. Entering the 21st century brought us into a new "Agricultural Age." We at the Faculty of Agriculture eagerly invite the youth of today to join us in creating the future of this new age.

Overview

Overview

     The most vital factor needed to support human life is food. According to estimates published by the United Nations, the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion people in 2050, resulting in an increase of approximately 1.3 times the current population numbers. As it cannot even be said that there is a sufficient amount of food for the world’s population in the present day, this situation is expected to grow increasingly dire with time.

      To alleviate this situation, an increase in the production of foodstuffs is imperative. Agriculture as an academic discipline promotes research that works to solve this issue from a wide range of angles. Some of the ways in which agriculture strives to improve the quality and quantity of food include: raising the efficiency of plants’ solar energy usage by increasing the rate of photosynthesis; developing crops that are highly resistant to disease and insect damage; modifying soil not suited for growing plants so that it may be used for raising crops; increasing the efficiency of farming aquatic animals, such as fish; developing techniques to prevent infectious diseases from spreading among livestock; and proposing political policies from the standpoint of agricultural economics.

      In recent years, many people throughout the world have been calling for the conservation of the Earth’s environment. The advancement of industrial society has been accompanied by a soaring demand for energy, and the variety of oil-based products available now has greatly enriched our society. However, the increase in carbon dioxide, which is a byproduct of the fossil fuels used to support this standard of living, accelerates climate change. People all throughout the world are now utilizing their knowledge and making the utmost effort to stop this phenomenon from progressing. Nevertheless, as the world’s population grows, the demand for energy will also grow, leading to a further increase in carbon dioxide emissions. There are even concerns that an increase in food production will worsen the environment and cause a decrease in the diversity of living things.
 

     Research on the biotic communities and individual organisms that come together to form ecosystems is also conducted in the field of agriculture. With a deep understanding of the mechanisms that make plants and animals grow, we can increase the numbers of these plants and animals. Through researching the mechanisms by which living things reproduce, we can improve their reproduction rates and efficiency. Finally, by studying the interactions between living things, such as those between plants and insects, plants and microorganisms, microorganisms and insects, and microorganisms and other microorganisms, we can construct a more multifaceted biological production system. The more we progress with our research, the more we are overcome by the mysteriousness of living things. Mastering these mysterious functions and linking them to areas where they can be applied is a vital objective of agricultural science. As can be seen, living organisms are so complex that they cannot easily be explained by physics or chemistry. Investigating this complexity is the essence of the study of agriculture.

      Agriculture is a comprehensive science with research that covers a wide range of other fields. Some of this research is conducted in scientific areas, such as studies on restoring natural environments; analyzing the behavior of wild animals; conservation and usage of forests; the scientific aspects involved with housing and shelter; usage of water resources; soil sciences; the development of medicinal resources; sciences concerned with the security and safety of food; techniques for processing and preserving food products; research on the functionality of food items; and putting microorganisms to use in foods and the environment. Other research is carried out in the spectrum of the humanities, including the business management, economics, history and culture of the agricultural, forestry, fishing and livestock sectors.

      Agriculture is a science that is constantly evolving. In recent years, the field of agriculture is also becoming highly specialized. The objective of the Faculty of Agriculture is not to train people to work in agricultural industries, but to equip people with the basic knowledge of agriculture and foster within them a global perspective that enables them to flourish in any environment.


 

Departments

Applied Life Sciences Course

Applied Life Sciences Course

Major in Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology
Major in Applied Biology
Major in Forest Life Science
Major in Aquatic Life Sciences
Major in Animal Life Sciences
Major in Bio-based Materials Chemistry

Environmental and Resource Sciences Course

Major in Landscape Ecology and Planning
Major in Forest Environmental and Resource Science
Major in Aquatic Production and Environmental Science
Major in Wood Science and Timber Engineering
Major in Biological and Environmental Engineering
Major in Agricultural and Resource Economics
Major in Field Science
Major in International Sustainable Agriculture Development

Veterinary Medical Sciences Course

Veterinary Medical Sciences Course

Major in Veterinary Medical Sciences

Types of Degrees

Applied Life Sciences Course, Environmental and Resource Sciences Course: Bachelor of Agriculture
Veterinary Medical Sciences Course: Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

 

Contact

Student Support Team (Undergraduate Students): kyoumu AT ofc.a.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Office for International Cooperation and Exchange: oice AT ofc.a.u-tokyo.ac.jp

International Students Support Team: ryugaku AT ofc.a.u-tokyo.ac.jp
 

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