Department of Environmental Science
Course Descriptions

Introduction to Air Pollution
This course focuses on understanding the atmospheric phenomena and the destruction of natural balance, including noise pollution, inevitably brought about by human activities, It provides an overview of the history of air pollution, air pollutants, effect of air pollution on climate, air quality management, and indoor air pollution.

Experiment in Introduction to Air Pollution
Studies ways to analyze substances declared as air pollutants. Devices such as Spectrophotometer, IC/HPLC, Autoanalyser, and Hi- Volume Sampler are used.

Introduction to Water Pollution
Studies the basic concepts relating to the origin and causes of water pollution.

Experiment in Introduction to Water Pollution
Studies the basics of environmental water pollution and applied experiments to identify problems arising at pollution sites and proposes solutions.

Limnology
The hydrobiology lectures focus on the relationship between biology and living things, the physical and chemical characteristics, the flow of energy and materials, and the fact of generation of mankind, to provide a basic outline of the fresh-water ecosystem.

Environmental Chemistry
Provides students with an understanding of the principles of environmental chemistry, emphasizing chemical equilibria, acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reaction. Also studies the chemical mechanism involved in the movement and elimination of environmental pollutants in the natural world.

Introduction to Environmental Genomics
Introduction of genomics for understanding microbial mechanisms in the ecosystem, and application of genomic technologies to environmental biotechnology and environmental microbiology.

Experiment in Introductory Environmental Genomics
Students familiarize themselves with content that is learned in environmental genomics through experiments.

Atmospheric Science
Identifies the chemical and physical mechanisms that determine climatic phenomena and weather. Practices interpreting and analyzing various meteorological data. Closely examines the effective utilization and application of broad meteorological data available on the Internet.

Transport and Fate of Pollutants in Surface Waters
Students analyze the transport and fate mechanism of chemical and biological pollutants in the water system.

Introduction to Waste Management
Introduction to integrated management of municipal and industrial sold waste: household, commercial and industrial waste, and resource recovery and recycling.

Water Treatment Unit Process
Focuses on understanding the basic treatment process of environmental pollutants and cultivates the ability to come up with solutions.

Environmental Biology
Focuses on acquiring the basic knowledge required for understanding environmental microbiology, genetic engineering, and bioremediation. The course examines the importance of biology in environmental studies with a particular emphasis on microorganisms, their basic structures and functions and molecular biological methodology using various microbes.

Water Supply Engineering Design
Understanding flow in open and closed channels, combined energy losses in pipelines, and distribution in pipe networks. Also includes study of water supply systems and sewage system.

Fluid Mechanics
Environmental studies are classified into water, air, and solid waste pollution. This course studies the movement of air, water, and solid wastes and how various pollutants are discharged, spread, and circulated. Fluid Mechanics is a basic course dealing with all forms of fluids including gas, liquid, and solid with a particular emphasis on understanding the movement of water and air pollutants as a basis for devising preventive technologies.

Applied Limnology
Students gain a basic knowledge of the toxicity of water, contamination of organisms, water treatment, sewage treatment, results of human activities in terms of the water ecosystem, and the roles of hydrobiology in restoring the water ecosystem.

Water Treatment Unit Operations
Examines how water pollution originates, how the inflow of pollutants react, and how these pollutants are treated to develop the ability to devise solutions to the environmental pollution problem.

Experiment in Water Treatment Unit Operations
Analyzes the quality of sewage and industrial waste water through basic experiments. Identifies problems generated on site through applied experiments and presents appropriate solutions.

Environmental Instrumental Analysis
Students will look at the principles behind a wide spectrum of instruments used for environmental tests. Their advantages, limitations, and targets of application will also be reviewed. In addition, they will be encouraged to conduct experiments using frequently-used instruments.

Environmental Organic Chemistry
Aims at identifying organic compounds hazardous to human health and ecology and understanding their dynamics. Studies the naming convention of organic compounds, classification by functional groups, chemical reactions involving these functional groups, and other basic organic chemistry. Examines the mechanism by which these compounds physically move through the environment and undergo chemical changes.

Research and Field Experience in Environmental Science (1), (2)
Students will become familiar with recent research trends and development direction of environmental science through field experience as well as testing in the laboratory.

Environmental Process
Students design water treatment and wastewater treatment process systems, among environmental processes, and make basic process proposals.

Air Pollution Control
Studies the principles, equipment design, and applications of particulate collectors for effective gathering of particulates that are released in volume into the air to cause atmospheric pollution. Primarily examines collection principles and equipment design of cyclones, bag filters, electric particulate collectors, and scrubbers. Also reviews particulate characteristics.

Experiment in Air Pollution Control
Through experiments, the course focuses on understanding the purification principle and technology of gas and particulate air pollutants released into the air. Studies how the amount and the physical/chemical properties of air pollutants released from their source are measured. Practices operating and designing particulate collectors and gas purification equipment. In general, the course aims at understanding, applying, and improving on the preventive technologies that can reduce the discharge of air pollutants at their source.

Atmospheric Chemistry
Examines the chemical distribution and reaction within the atmosphere (troposphere, stratosphere) and the impact of human activities on its chemical makeup. Deals with chemical composition, gas phase chemistry, aerosol chemistry, aquaphase chemistry, and upper atmosphere.

Introduction to Bioinformatics
Students will learn the basic knowledge required to analyze and use information derived from life science research, such as the DNA sequencer. They will also learn various concepts and theories of biostatistics in the course of lectures and lab sessions.

Soil Pollution and Hazardous Contaminants Management
This course outlines soil pollution and hazardous contaminant management, defines soil pollution, and provides an introduction to the types of pollutants and ways to restore polluted soil. Key contents include an introduction to soil pollution, assessment of the soil pollution level, evaluation of the dangers of soil pollution, technology to prevent the spread of contamination, and polluted soil purification technology.

Environmental Ecology
Studies the fundamentally important topics in “Basic Ecology” written by Eugene Odum. This course will start with the relation of Ecology to other sciences and continue to give students wide spectrums of ecological principles in a holistic view. For example, organization hierarchy, emergent property and ecosystem concepts are discussed.

Experiment in Environmental Ecology
Focuses on learning the basic principles and technologies in molecular biology, which have recently emerged as indispensable to understand today’s ecology.

Air Pollution Control(2)
In “Air Pollution Control 1,” characteristics of air pollution, relevant regulations, and control technologies are covered. This course introduces more general theories related to control technologies and takes at look at how technologies are applied at representative sites, such as thermal power plants and incinerators, through actual cases so that students can acquire practical knowledge.

Environmental Microbiology
Studies how microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, virus) are used to overcome man-made ecological pollution. This course will cover the scientific approaches to identify the problems inherent in current bioremediation and their solutions through insights based upon environmental microbiology and microbial ecology.

Environmental Impact Assessment
Students will study assessment of impacts of human activities on the environment, including the basic concept and procedure of assessments, method of assessments and actual case studies.

Seminar
Based on environmental knowledge accumulated through 4 years of environmental studies related coursework, the course discusses current environmental issues in a symposium-like setting to discover the latest trends in the environmental area.

Environmental Bio Engineering
This course will cover bio-engineering in general. Specifically, it will provide students with the basic knowledge required for environmental bio-engineering. In addition, students will learn about operational cases of bio-engineering-based environmental technology, an area of great interest and active research. This course will also be carried out in discussion format to encourage voluntary participation by students.

Environmental Microbial Biotechnology
The course deals with principles and applications of bioremediation and roles of biodegradative microorganisms in biological reclamation of a contaminated environment.

Advanced Water Treatment
Studies water treatment system design based on the elimination mechanism of not only the conventional forms of pollutants but also the more recent environmentally problematic substances.

Researches in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
In order to understand biological phenomena, one needs to know the functions of polymers that are active inside cells. To this end, this course takes at look at the theories and examples of actual applications of various research methodologies that have been developed from the biological engineering/molecular biology perspective.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Students learn phylogenetic classification of microorganisms that live in the natural ecosystem, the various metabolic processes, and the dynamics of microbial populations in the ecosystem.

Water Quality Modeling
Water quality modeling is applied for rivers, lakes, and coasts.

Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants(HAPs)
Studies the principle of gas purification and the design and application of gas purification facilities for a more effective treatment of the various air pollutants massively released into the atmosphere. Primarily examines gas purification principles and facilities by adsorption, absorption, and combustion, the recently in demand flue gas desulfurization and flue gas denitrization technologies, and the purification technologies of incinerator exhausts.

Environmental Modeling
Modeling is used to understand systems in various areas related to the environment, such as air, water quality, ecology, and microorganisms. The stella model is used. A program, made into icons, is used to present students with an opportunity to become accustomed to modeling. Students can thus more easily understand and identify pending environmental issues.