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Environmental Science

Introduction to Department of Environmental Science

To answer the great public inquiry on how to maintain the subtle balance of global environment in order for human beings to sustain their lives in the future, the Department of Environmental Science was established in June 1994.
The department opens its door and welcomes those who are interested in natural environment and want to study it systematically from the fundamentals of physics, chemistry, biology and geology to their applications to the environmental sciences with multidisciplinary and global nature. The department has contributed to the development of a new discipline on the interaction between humankind and nature through studying the mechanisms of material and energy circulation processes in the Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Geosphere and Biosphere. The department also studies the next-generation energy resources compatible with environment.
The educational goal of the department is to produce graduates who are responsible for the development of interdisciplinary environmental sciences. They are expected to acquire wide knowledge not only in natural science but also in social science and to apply their knowledge obtained actively in their careers. Approximately 35 students finish the undergraduate course of the department each year and are awarded the Bachelor of Science degree. They are able to continue their study at the Graduate School of Science and Technology in Niigata University for degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Science in succession. The department has three functional chairs, namely Environmental Terrestrial Science, Environmental Biology and Environmental Physicochemical Science, to support educational and research programs.

Air-photograph analyses of topographic and gelologic features consisiting of the surface of the earth crust. It is possible to obtain variable information on land and environment by stereographic view of the air-photographs.

Outdoor practice of environmental biology: In the forest of giant trees, we try to approach the mechanism of the maintenance of the biological diversity.

By analyzing the genes of the medaka from a variety of sites in East Asia, we want to clarify the evolutionary history of the medaka in Japan. Using their genetic diversity, we investigate the mechanism of the continuity of life including the sex differentiation.

Electron Spectrometer for the Study of Excitation Processes in Collisions of Electrons with Environmentally Important Molecules.

Laser- Raman spectrophotometer: Raman spectra are taken with gas phase, liquid, and solid samples.

System of X- ray structure analysis equipments: the equipments determine a structure of new compound.