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筑波大学生命環境学群「地球学類」

Earth is a unique planet with a history of 4.6 billion years. It is full of water and life. Environmental protection has become a global and urgent topic, and people hope to use the earth system more effectively, without destroying it. The College of Geoscience aims at training students to acquire the general knowledge and insight in order to actively contribute to the study of the evolution of the earth, the natural processes in the earth's atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere, and the interactions between natural environments and human activities.。

Courses

The College of Geoscience comprises two main fields of study, Geoenvironmental Science and Earth Evolution Sciences, and their interdisciplinary field of Geoenvironmental Systems. Geoenvironmental Sciences explore natures of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere on the planet earth, and their interactions with human and biological activities. Earth Evolution Sciences attempt to read and understand the history of the earth.

Geoenvironmental Sciences

Human Geography web site

Urban and rural spatial structure, Cultural landscape, Dynamism of industrial space, GIS (Geographical Information Systems).

Regional Geography web site

Human-environment system, Regional ecology, Global and local, Tourism space.

Geomorphology web site

Earth surface processes, Experimental geomorphology, Climatic geomorphology, Mass movements, Sedimentation.

Hydrological Science web site

Hydrologic cycle, Water environment, Water quality, Groundwater flow.

Atmospheric Science web site

General circulation of the atmosphere and the energy budget, Mechanism of climate and climate change, Weather forecasting and precipitation, Interactions of the atmospheric environment and human activities.

Earth Evolution Sciences

Historical Geology and Paleontology web site

Paleozoic and Mesozoic stratigraphy, Evolution, Radiolarians and foraminifers, DNA paleonotlogy.

Stratigraphy web site

Mesozoic and Cenozoic stratigraphy, Paleoenvironmental reconstruction, Sedimentary rocks, Paleoceanography.

Structural Geology web site

Subduction tectonics, Geodynamics, Seismic source, Deformation and failure of rock and sediment.

Petrology web site

Geochronology, Crustal and mantle evolution, Supercontinent dispersion and collision, Igneous and metamorphic rocks.

Mineralogy web site

Mechanisom of mineral formation, Crystal structure analysis, Physical properties of minerals, Origin and formation of meteorites.

Resources Geology web site

Mineral deposit, Concentration of element, Methene hydrate, Waste disposal. web site

Geoenvironmental System Course web site

Remote sensing, Geoenvironmental history, Soil and water conservation, Geoenvironmental modeling.

Curriculum

The educational program allows students to overview diverse fields of geoscience. Students learn concepts, ideas and techniques of geoscience through a wide variety of lectures, seminars and practicals (laboratory and field works). Since English is the common language in natural sciences, reading and writing of English is also emphasized. In the 1st year, students acquire basic knowledge and techniques common to natural sciences, life and environmental sciences and geoscience in general. They also learn English, computing, physical education as required subjects, as well as art, human and social sciences as optional subjects. In the 2nd year, students take introductory lessons on each filed and also learn techniques necessary to the understanding of geoscience, such as methods of fieldwork, data analysis and information processing. In the 3rd year, students choose their main field of study and focus on specialized classes (lectures, seminars, indoor and outdoor experiments). In the 4th year, students conduct research for their graduation thesis. The research methods range from fieldwork to laboratory experiment, numerical simulation and literature survey. Those who graduate receive a Bachelor of Science degree.

After Graduation

After having acquired a wide and general perspective on the earth, about 60% of the graduates continue their studies at the graduate level. Many of them join the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba. About 30% of graduates employees of a wide range of enterprises including construction and general consulting, resource and environmental services, IT, finance, insurance, electronics, telecommunication, publishing, manufacturing industries, distribution and travel. The rest of graduates become civil employees or teachers. Those who go on to graduate schools later become researchers at universities or national and private research centers.