Academics

Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology

Wakayama Campus (Kinokawa City, Wakayama Prefecture)

Using Life-Form Mechanisms to Improve Our World

Life forms, including human beings, are extremely intricate, effectively functioning mechanisms. The purpose of bioengineering is to make use of these life-form mechanisms to improve society. There are many indicators that life-form mechanisms can help us alleviate such social problems as food shortages, natural resource shortages, and disease prevention.

Kindai University’s Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology aims for the development of this field—one of the 21st century’s most promising academic areas. In 2010, the faculty reorganized its departmental structure from three major fields (biology, electronic information, and machinery) covered by five departments to four major fields (engineering, agricultural studies, science, and medicine) covered by six departments. By combining cutting-edge technology and scholarly excellence in their fields, these six departments work to create new technology that can help humanity and improve the Earth’s environment.

Departments and Programs

Departments Annual Student Admissions
Biotechnological Science 90
Genetic Engineering 90
Science and Technology on Food Safety 90
Computational Systems Biology 80
Human Factors Engineering and Environmental Design 80
Biomedical Engineering 55

Curriculum and Facilities

The Department of Biotechnological Science strives to find biotechnology-based solutions to such problems as food shortages and environmental protection. The Department of Genetic Engineering helps students acquire useful genetic engineering knowledge in the fields of pharmaceuticals, medicine, and husbandry. In the Department of Science and Technology on Food Safety, students learn how to maintain and improve food safety and security. Students in the Department of Computational Systems Biology use computer technology to analyze and understand how life forms function—from molecular behaviors to human cognitive processes. The Department of Biomechanical and Human Factors Engineering pursues the development of machinery and devices designed for improved human use. Lastly, the Department of Biomedical Engineering teaches students how to apply a deep knowledge of engineering and medicine towards the development of devices for medical care and human welfare. What’s more, in this department, many of the students are working hard to obtain the clinical engineer certification.

All of these departments have curricula that confront the challenges facing society in the 21st century.

Career Opportunities

The Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology is proud of its high achievement in the job placement sector. Because our departments provide students with an education that enables them to propose solutions to the problems facing modern society, we have achieved a high rate of employment for our graduating students. In 2010, we added to our curricula a very effective support system for helping second- and third-year students enhance their basic scholastic knowledge and skills.

Another outstanding feature of this faculty is that so many of our students choose to go on to graduate school. More than half of our undergraduates enroll in postgraduate programs to deepen their knowledge of biotechnology, and we stand ready to help and support them in achieving that advanced expertise.

In a testament to the exceptionally high caliber of those programs, our graduate school has been designated a 21st Century Center of Excellence Program by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In addition, we were chosen for the 2007 Graduate School Revitalization Grant, sponsored by the same ministry.