The Perfect Combination of a Highly Independent Course System with a High Level of Specialized Education
Make your way to the classroom as you walk from the campus. Education at the Faculty of Agriculture is conducted through a unique system known as the Course and Major System. The Faculty’s educational curriculum is designed as a three-layered structure with one faculty, three courses and 14 majors. The three courses offered are the Applied Life Sciences Course, which covers biological and life sciences; the Environmental and Resource Science Course, which is concerned with field environmental sciences; and the Veterinary Medical Science Course, which covers the medical treatment of animals. These three courses are further divided into 14 specializations.
Those who are accepted into the Faculty for their third and fourth years of undergraduate education will spend six months during the winter semester of their second year taking classes covering the basics of agriculture (Basic Agricultural Classes) as well as classes covering various agricultural topics (Agricultural Topics Classes). These lectures are open to all students in the Faculty of Agriculture. After completing these classes, students will go on to take Specialized Classes. These classes are also lectures; however, they cover significantly more specific topics than the basic classes do and in a specialized manner. The final step for students in the Faculty is to take specialized classes within their major (Specialized Major Classes). The content of these classes mostly consists of experimentation and fieldwork. Even while students are still in their undergraduate years, they are able to come in contact with the latest research being conducted in their fields through their everyday interaction with both their professors and their senior students, who are working as teaching assistants in their classes.
The Agricultural Topics Classes are designed to give students an overall perspective of the various diverse areas of agriculture, and students are generally given the ability to choose which classes they want to take. Some of the Basic Agricultural Classes and Agricultural Topic Classes are required, but these class categories are arranged so that students can still enjoy a high level of freedom when choosing classes. Finally, most of the Specialized Major Classes are required. This kind of three-tiered organization of the Faculty’s curriculum encourages within students an understanding of the mission of agriculture and the cultivation of interdisciplinary viewpoints. At the same time, the curriculum’s aim is also to respond to society’s needs by providing a highly advanced and specialized education.