Department of Physics and Informatics FAQ

Question: What will I learn in the Department of Physics and Informatics?


Answer: You’ll learn the basics of “Physics” and “Informatics” in lectures as well as experiments and practical training.


Students learn not only fundamental knowledge, but also theoretical thinking, communication abilities, presentation abilities, problem identification and problem solving abilities required for society.


See the curriculum page for more details.


Question: In “Physics”, do you remember lots of physics equations?


Answer: “Physics” is a field in which we discover the reasons behind a variety of physical phenomena.


We call the most fundamental of these reasons, beyond which it becomes very difficult to ask “why”, laws. In the Department of Physics and Informatics, we give students the ability to understand how these laws came to be, and how to use these laws to derive a variety of equations on your own.


After your first year of university, you’ll realize that it wasn’t necessary to remember all the physics equations you memorized in high school.


Question: In “Informatics”, do you study how to use programs like Word or Excel?


Answer: While we use programs such as Word and Excel in the Department of Physics and Informatics, studying how to use those programs is not the goal of our department.


Informatics is the study of methods to analyze and construct a variety of data. Informatics methodology is applied to a variety of fields, such as image and sound processing, understanding the mechanisms of the brain, developing artificial intelligence, analyzing signals from space received with radio telescopes, and analyzing the activity of molecules that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Google keyword searches and Amazon recommendations all use informatics methodology. In the Department of Physics and Informatics, you’ll learn the basics of data analysis methods.


Question: What types of research can I do?


Answer: Our research includes a wide variety of subjects, including structural solid-state physics, elementary particle theory, cosmology, radio astronomy, simulation science, biomechanics, communication technology, disaster support systems, brain informatics, bioinformatics, and image and sound processing. Students conduct research on these themes during their fourth year.


See the research introductions page for more details.


Question: What use are “Physics” and “Informatics”?


Answer: “Physics” in the basis for all natural sciences and engineering. “Informatics” is the fundamental technology supporting not only science and engineering but all of contemporary society. Both are necessary fields for a wide variety of companies, even in careers typically thought to be related to the humanities.


See the tracks page for more details.


Question: What kinds of careers are available?


Answer: Physics and informatics are seen as important not only in science-related jobs, but also in careers typically thought to be related to the humanities, such as finance. Our graduates go on to succeed in a broad range of fields.


See the tracks page for more details.


Question: What kinds of certification can I obtain?


Answer: Students with sufficient credits can obtain junior high school teaching certification (science) and senior high school teaching certification (science, information).


Students also obtain certification for many types of information processing engineering, as well as jobs such as X-ray technician during their time in the department (or graduate school).


See the tracks page for more details.