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The Faculty of Science is an organization consisting of the five Departments of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Natural History Sciences and Biological Sciences. This faculty researches and develops a broad spectrum of the natural sciences. The faculty members are also engaged in developing technologies for the improvement of society in general by reaping new results from their fundamental studies.

For the undergraduate programs, the School of Science has five divisions corresponding to the above five Departments, namely, Divisions of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences and Biological Sciences. Thus students in the School of Science can learn wide range of fields in science which include the entire field of mathematics and all other natural sciences.

Graduates from the School of Science may proceed their study in the newly established three Graduate Schools in Hokkaido University, namely, the Graduate School of Science, the Graduate School of Life Science and the Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering. The Graduate School of Science consists of the four Departments of Mathematics, Condensed Matter Physics, Cosmosciences and Natural History Sciences. The Graduate School of Life Science consists of three courses in Transdisciplinary Life Science, Biosystems Science, and Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science, which are organized jointly with the Faculty of Advanced Life Science and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering consists of three courses in Molecular Chemistry and Engineering, Materials Chemistry and Engineering, and Biological Chemistry and Engineering, which are organized jointly with the Faculty of Engineering.

However, research and graduate education are inseparable. While the Faculty of Science is responsible mainly for human resources and budget management, these Graduate Schools provide an inspiring environment for faculty and graduate students to learn and to do research the foundations and applications of the natural sciences. The approximately 240 staff members engaging in educational programs in these Graduate Schools include not only its own faculty members but also 60 professors and researchers from eight other institutes, including the Research Institute for Electronic Science and the Catalysis Research Center.

With national universities having been incorporated, there is a strong demand for government-industry-academia collaboration and the active utilization of intellectual property. However, since many new technologies that contribute to society are based on fundamental scientific research, we intend to focus on basic research and aim for a fundamentals based graduate education. Specifically, we plan to breed up talented students who are able to realize their potential and capabilities by utilizing a fundamentals oriented curriculum versus the traditional national qualifications based educational programs.

We aim to educate students to have a comprehensive knowledge of all the natural sciences through a broad education and research. We also strive to develop the judgment, comprehension and solution building skills in students to tackle natural science problems and conduct creative research.