After finishing the first year of basic physics, students choose from a variety of majors, including Astrophysics, Elementary Particle Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Biophysics. Courses offered in the second and third years include Analytical Mechanics, Statistical Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Mathematical Physics, Physics Tutorials, Physics Experiments, and Physics Seminars. In their final year, students in the School of Science are required to major in a specialized field of either theoretical or experimental physics. Subjects of research in physics extend to infinity, ranging from the micro world to the distant expanses of outer space: Elementary Particle Physics and Physics of Gravity; Astrophysics; Physics of Superconductors, Semiconductors, Magnetic materials, and Dielectric materials; and Biophysics.
Many of the students are expected to enter the Graduate School of Science. Then, after undergoing rigorous training and studies, most of our graduates eventually enter teaching or research careers in academia or industry. Basic problem-solving and abstract thinking skills make physics graduates competitive employees in a broad range of areas including finance, industry and education.
The Applied Physics Course aims to cultivate leading scientists and engineers with broad perspective, deep thinking, and global communication ability. Applied physics is a field that brings collaboration between science and technology into reality, and performs the role of an interface between science and technology. Therefore, our education program is based on both basic and applied physics, and provides undergraduate students with the ability to perform scientific and technological research. Students in the final year join one of the research groups in the Department of Applied Physics to work on a research project for their graduation thesis and brush up their communication and presentation abilities through fruitful discussion with supervisors and older members of the group.
Most of our graduates eventually enter teaching or research careers in academia or industry. After graduation, many students enter the Master Program of the graduate school to undertake advanced training or to carry out leading research in their major field, and to gain a competitive edge at an international level. Some will go on to further study by entering the Doctoral Program. Graduates from the Department of Applied Physics can be found in academia worldwide, as well as in top-class companies such as Apple Inc., Canon, Sharp, Seiko Epson, Toshiba, Toyota Motor, Toyota Industries, NEC, Denso, Fujitsu, Sony, Brother, Hitachi, Bridgestone, Yamaha, Honda Motor, Panasonic, Mizuno, Fujifilm, etc.