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Based on observation and analysis, the Faculty of Urban Environmental Sciences clarifies the interactions among: (1) the natural environment, (2) humans, (3) materials, (4) energy, (5) information, and (6) man-made structures such as buildings and automobiles. The Faculty of Urban Environmental Sciences was established to add a sustainability and environmental perspective to the study of engineering (including civil engineering, architecture, and construction), geography (focusing in particular on surveys of the natural environment), applied chemistry (from micro-level substances to energy and the wider environment), tourism science (emphasizing a multi-faceted approach to tourism that incorporates environmental, cultural and IT-based perspectives) and urban policy science (which seeks to develop solutions to urban problems from a contextual perspective).
In addition to the specialized knowledge pertaining to each of these areas, the Faculty also endeavors to cultivate the know-how and skills needed to make a positive contribution towards the development of the techniques and methodologies that can help to solve environmental problems and foster sustainable development.
Based on the various fields of geography, students in this department gain integrated knowledge of the mutual interactions between the natural environment and human activity, which are the key constituent elements of an urban area. By studying the basic science subjects and the specialized geographical subjects, including fieldwork and practical training in GIS, students in this department are able to solve various issues confronting humankind.
The goal of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to train talented people equipped with comprehensive views and knowledge to plan and maintain infrastructures in consideration of the sustainability of all the ecosystems on Earth. The department offers three fields: infrastructure, environmental systems, and safety and disaster prevention.
The Department of Architecture offers academic and professional education for students pursuing careers in building and the urban environment. It covers such specialized fields as architectural history and design, architectural design and planning, city planning, environmental engineering, building materials, building construction, structural engineering, and comprehensive urban issues.
The Department of Applied Chemistry offers a unique educational program based on a wide range of applied chemistry, from basic to advanced areas. The goal of the department is to train highly qualified engineers and researchers as leaders in such fields as environmental, energy-, materials-, and biological chemistry.
Tourism is a multifaceted and integrated field and this Nature and Culture-based Tourism course is the first of its kind in Japan, pioneering the new discipline of ‘Tourism Science’. Students study a broad range of subjects through the approaches and studies of engineering, science and information. This course aims to train talented individuals capable of creating and ensuring proper utilization of tourism areas, rangers in charge of preserving the natural environment, and leaders capable of developing tourism plans and successfully carrying out the overall management of these plans.
It is vitally important that creative solutions by found to the complex problems that are affecting the world’s cities (including Tokyo), such as the need to maintain and improve the urban environment, issues relating to the aging of the population, healthcare and welfare provision, industrial development, disaster prevention and recovery, and ensuring that diverse groups of people are able to live in harmony with one another. To this end, there is a real need for planning capabilities that reflect both a global perspective and a regional perspective, that are able to outline a clear picture of what urban society and urban spaces should look like, and that are able to formulate suitable policies for implementing these plans in collaboration with ordinary citizens. The Department of Urban Science and Policy has a curriculum tailored to address these key issues relating to urban environment, and is designed to help students cultivate the planning capabilities needed to create the new-generation cities of the future.