Students in their first year receive a thorough grounding in basic sciences such as chemistry, mathematics, and physics. When students advance to their second and third year, they acquire essential knowledge in the areas of chemical reaction engineering, inorganic and organic chemistry, and physical chemistry, which are courses required to proceed to core courses. They then go on to build a systematic and extensive knowledge of the discipline by taking electives in applied molecular chemistry, chemical system engineering, polymer science, and technology courses. Through required experiment courses in chemistry, students can gain a thorough understanding of basic and practical experiment skills. In addition, students are able to develop their creative skills and ability to conduct research by taking on their Independent Research Project.
Students in their first year of undergraduate studies receive basic education that centers on Institute-wide compulsory courses regardless of their discipline. The 100-level courses are designed to teach common, basic skills that are required of science and technology students. The aims of these courses are to provide knowledge and cultivate versatile intellect necessary for studying at the Institute.
Students who complete their 100-level courses advance to study their undergraduate major. Courses at the 200- and 300-levels specific to the Chemical Science and Engineering Major are taken in accordance with the curriculum.
At the final stage of the 300-level is the Independent Research Project (equivalent to the Undergraduate Thesis Research that was in place previously). The project is intended to serve as a capstone for students to consolidate and reinforce all of the skills acquired in their major. Furthermore, they may choose to enroll in the Advanced Independent Research Project. The purpose of this course is to enhance student interest in scientific and technological research that began with the Independent Research Project, as it provides the opportunity for them to actively engage in science- and technology-related activities.
* The timeline depicts a standard case where students complete their bachelor's degree program in four years.
Students need to pass an entrance exam to advance from a bachelor's to a master's program. To advance from a master's to a doctoral program, students must pass an advancement assessment.
Students who complete the Chemical Science and Engineering Undergraduate Major may continue to study the same discipline in more depth at the graduate major level. There are also closely related interdisciplinary graduate majors — Energy Science and Engineering, Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Earth-Life Science — to which students may advance.