“FRONTIER SPIRIT” that challenges the “origin of life”
~ To improve the wide and deep overall strength that combines chemistry, physics and biology ~

 What image do you have of education and the research field of the “Biological Science course (Macromolecular Science and Engineering)” of the Faculty of Science? An extension of the science that you learned in high school? A study of the origin of the form and mechanism of the cells and proteins responsible for life? Mimicking biology to create functional macromolecular substances? They are all true, but “What we can learn at the university” is different from the cramming of knowledge as in the case of college entrance examinations. You will come to know something interesting (or sometimes difficult) throughout the lectures and experiment more and more. One day you will be surprised to find out that you are working on research of something which has never been discovered by anyone else in the world.

 While science and technology regarding energy, food production, regenerative medicine and space exploration has advanced remarkably, we still have challenges, such as environmental and energy challenges, as well as measures for infectious diseases, which we need to overcome. There are a number of problems that cannot be solved by the approach of the specific science fields or research alone. New discoveries and the development of science and technology will not only be found in the conventional academic system. Hints towards solutions may be hidden in the boundaries of multi-disciplines which have yet to be explored. In the Biological Science course (Macromolecular Science and Engineering), we learn from the basics of chemistry, physics and biology to refine comprehensive knowledge, in which these disciplines have been merged, widely and deeply. Since the specialized education is provided by the teachers of graduate colleges in the “Graduate School of Life Science and Transdisciplinary Life Science Course”, you can learn everything from the basics to the applied research of new life science and macromolecular sciences. Furthermore, in the graduate education which follows undergraduate education, we promote a human resource development curriculum, making students play active roles as leaders in society.

 On this website, we provide a wide range of information, including public events held by the faculty and interviews with teachers and alumni, so please take a look. We hope that you will be interested in the “Biological Science course (Macromolecular Science and Engineering)” of Hokkaido University and take an examination or apply to move to our faculty. Join us in taking on the challenge of elucidating the mysteries of life, to create functional materials which will be help to the next generation.

Takayuki KUROKAWA, Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences (Macromolecular Functions), School of Science, Hokkaido University