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2. Course Description



Core Course

Courses and course descriptions are subject to modification.

Individual Research Training A / B* (IRT A / B) (5 credits each)

*IRT A = Fall Semester / IRT B = Spring Semester

Students in this program are required to enroll in Individual Research Training (IRT) course each semester, which is the core course of this program, and to take a total of 10 classes for IRT A / B per week. Students do research on a current topic that is related to their field of studies, with the support of research groups to which they are assigned.
The research group, called the Laboratory, to which a student is assigned, becomes his/her home base in the university life. Participation in research activities by belonging to a specific Laboratory is a very important part of his/her undergraduate experience. This is the arrangement where the students form life-long friendship and future close relations.
In the senior year, regular degree candidates are assigned to research groups to participate in their activities and to carry out their undergraduate thesis work. Though the international students in this program are not degree candidates, a similar experience is offered by special arrangements. Students are required to submit the abstract concerning the results of their IRT in each semester, and to present orally the results of their IRT near the end of this program.
Students are assigned to Laboratories with consent of the faculty member in charge, and will be encouraged to participate in various activities of the group. Five credits will be given in each semester after successful performance as determined by the supervising faculty member, although the students are not required to complete an undergraduate thesis.


Individual Research Training Senior (IRT Senior) (10 credits)


The Individual Research Training Senior (IRT Senior, or IRT S) Course is an advanced course of the IRT B course in the spring semester. Though short-term international exchange students are not degree candidates at Tohoku University, a similar experience is offered by special arrangement. Students are required to submit:
 1. an abstract concerning the results of their IRT Senior project,
 2. a paper (A4, 20-30 pages) on their research at the end of the exchange term, and
 3. an oral presentation on the results of their IRT Senior project near the end of the exchange term.

While the total school hours for IRT A/B is 300 hours per semester, IRT Senior requires 550 hours per semester. Students are allowed to take the IRT Senior course if they would rather concentrate on laboratory work, and their supervisors recommend they register for “IRT Senior” to achieve satisfactory outcomes from their laboratory experience. Students are thus required to consult with their supervisors prior to course registration, and to discuss their requirements for IRT Senior and their needs for courses other than IRT Senior. The enrollment conditions for IRT Senior are follows.
 1. The student has finished the necessary courses for graduation and obtained excellent grades.
 2. The student’s academic advisor judges the student to have sufficient ability to take and understand graduate-level classes.
 3. The student has a strong desire to undergo research training (IRT).
 4. The student will obtain three or more Tohoku University credits in subjects other than research training (IRT Senior), and will be able to complete the JYPE program.


Themes of Individual Research Training 2016-2017

Themes of Individual Research Training 2015-2016

Themes of Individual Research Training 2014-2015

Elective Courses (2018 Fall - 2019 Spring)

Click here for the 2018-Fall Syllabus.

Courses and course descriptions are subject to modification.

School /
Course Name Credit
IEHE* Fall/Spring Japanese 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 (Level 1 & 2 = 4 credits each /
Level 3, 4 & 5 = Up to 4 credits)
A / C = Fall
B / D = Spring
Japanese Culture A / B / C / D (2 credits each)
Spring Science, Technology and Industry of Japan (2 credits)
Science Fall Introductory Courses of Experimental Research in Physics Ⅲ (2 credits)
Organic Chemistry (2 credits)
Dynamic of the Earth (2 credits)
Ecology and evolution (2 credits)
Elementary Particle Physics (2 credits)
Solid State Spectroscopy (2 credits)
Spring Mathematics B (2 credits)
Physical Chemistry (2 credits)
Geophysics (2 credits)
Molecular and Cellular Biology (2 credits)
Evolution of the Western Pacific Island Arcs and Their Environments (2 credits)
Engineering Fall Mechanics of Materials (2 credits)
Materials Science and Engineering A (2 credits)
Mechanical Vibrations I (2 credits)
Electricity and Magnetism A (2 credits)
Introductory Quantum Mechanics (2 credits)
Basic Computer Science (2 credits)
Spring Materials Science and Engineering B (2 credits)
Electricity and Magnetism B (2 credits)
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering I (2 credits)
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering II (2 credits)
Fundamentals of Information Science I (2 credits)
Fundamentals of Information Science II (2 credits)
Agriculture Fall Agricultural Sciences (2 credits)
Introduction to Fisheries Science (2 credits)
Aquatic Plant Ecology (2 credits)
Spring Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics (2 credits)
Applied Biological Chemistry (2 credits)

Some courses may not be opened in case students taking lectures are very few.

*IEHE = Institute for Excellence in Higher Education

Course Numbering Codes indicate various information including the correlation among courses and levels of difficulty (Find it in each course description above)