National Institute of Technology (KOSEN), Wakayama College

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Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry

Introduction to the Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry

At the Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, we study the substances and materials around us at the molecular level, through the lenses of Chemistry and Biology, in order not only to understand them but also to create and to find new discoveries. During the early years (1st – 3rd grades = similar to senior high school years), students will learn, through lectures and experiment classes, the fundamentals of chemistry and biology. Meanwhile, required classes of English and Basic Information Science will let students to enhance English communication ability and computer literacy. In the advanced years (4th – 5th grades = similar to freshmen and sophomore years in a university), students are divided into two courses: the Material Technology Course and the Biology Technology Course . During these years, field-specific lecture-based courses will allow students to learn in-depth theoretical knowledge, while experiments-based classes will help students to master applicative knowledge through hands-on learning. The culmination is the graduation research on the 5th year, where students will be asked to select and join an on-campus research group to intensively conduct original research for one year. We expect our graduates to become “Professional Molecule Manipulators” (Professionals in Molecular Sciences). Indeed, alumni of our department have joined either the industry or the academia and are working actively in the fields of chemical compound syntheses, cosmetics, foods and beverages, energy, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, etc.

The faculty members of the Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry are all unique and active, both as persons and academically. We thus challenge you: Why not spend the last of your teenage years with us, having fun studying, thinking, creating, and producing things, in this highly stimulating environment?

Interested to join us? (Admission Policy)

The Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry seeks those who with passions and interests elaborated below:

  1. “I want to invent new things through Chemistry!”
    Making materials useful for everyone, or to create and discover new chemical materials, using Chemistry as a tool
  2. “I want to unravel the mysteries of living organisms!”
    Discovering and developing useful new materials, or elucidating the mechanisms of life itself, by doing Biotechnology research on living organisms
  3. “I want to become a global human resource!”
    Being trained to become a skilled field engineer able to manufacture things useful locally and local-environment friendly, but active internationally and produce outputs applicable globally

A Distinct Curriculum to Educate Future Field Engineers

Curriculum Policy

The education roadmap for students of the Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry is described below. Our curriculum will allow students to prepare themselves to become a useful member of the society once they graduate.

  1. Liberal Arts and Basic Education
    Subjects are established in order to let students to be able to gain a broad basic knowledge, so that they can have a general understanding about, and relate to, the local environment and the society they live in.
    1. Humanities and Sociology Subjects
    2. Science, Technology, and Mathematics Subjects
    3. Health and Physical Education Subjects
    4. Art and Culture Subjects
    5. Language and Literature Subjects
  2. Field-specific Subjects
    Subjects are established in order to let students gain in-depth knowledge of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology.
    1. Engineering Mathematics Subjects
    2. Chemistry Subjects
    3. Life and Earth Sciences Subjects
    4. Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology Subjects
  3. Applied Sciences Subjects
    Experiments and lab classes, practices, presentations, and graduation research subjects are established in order to let students gain:
    1. the ability and skills to examine and discuss engineering-specific issues
    2. sufficient theoretical knowledge and experience to do trouble-shooting
    3. the ability to create and manufacture, but with enough knowledge to consider local and public conditions and environments, safety, and profits
    4. the ability to professionally and responsibly complete projects
    5. the ability to present ideas and concepts professionally (“to get the message across”)
  4. About Carrier Design
    Students will have chances to participate in outbound internships at companies and academic institutions, and to take classes on business and entrepreneurship. This will let students gain insights and knowledge to design their own future career in the business world, through hands-on learning and updated latest information through lecture-based classes.

Subjects To Study At The Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry
(Please refer to our syllabus (In Japanese only) for details)


General Chemistry, Earth and Life Sciences, Guide to Information Processing, Mathematics I, Basic Experiment I


Analytical Chemistry I, Inorganic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry I, General Biology, Information Processing, Mathematics II, Basic Experiment II


Analytical Chemistry II, Inorganic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry II, Physical Chemistry I, Applied Microbiology, Applied Physics I, Basic Chemical Engineering, Information Processing, Mathematics III, Basic Experiments III


  • General Subjects to be taken regardless of courses: Polymer Chemistry, Physical Chemistry II, Biological Chemistry, Chemical Engineering I, Instrumental Analysis I, Science and Engineering English, Applied Physics II, Applied Mathematics, Chemical Engineering Experiments I
  • Subjects for Applied Chemistry course: Inorganic Material Chemistry, Organic Material Chemistry
  • Subjects for Biological Chemistry course: Molecular Biology I, Enzyme Chemistry


  • General Subjects to be taken regardless of courses: Chemical Engineering II, Environmental Engineering, Instrumentation Control Engineering, Quantum Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis II, Food Engineering, Protein Engineering, Organic Resource Chemistry, Practical Mathematics for Engineering, Transfer Kinetics, Biological Physical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry for Solids, Special Seminars on Engineering, Engineering Experiments II, Graduation Research
  • Subjects for Applied Chemistry course: Synthetic Chemistry, Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Subjects for Biological Chemistry course: Molecular Biology II, Cultivation Engineering