The undergraduate program prepares students to:

  • Have a deep and systematic understanding of the basic principles of natural science and apply them creatively.
  • Integrate different sources of knowledge for creating novel intellectual values.

Features of the undergraduate program include:

  • A positive learning environment that encourages voluntary and self-motivated pursuit of academic excellence.
  • Wide-ranging learning opportunities free from scientific compartmentalization that help students decide their specialization gradually.
  • Broad scientific perspectives that lead to frontline research.

We are looking for students who:

  • Respect academic freedom, critically challenge established ideas, and acquire new knowledge for innovation.
  • Have a sufficient level of scientific background, logical thinking skills, and linguistic competency that have been cultivated throughout the high school curriculum, and who are highly motivated toward solving problems.

 Natural science aims to explore the laws and principles underlying natural phenomena. Throughout human history, it has played a critical role in cultural development, serving as a shared heritage of humankind. Moreover, natural science has helped improve the quality of human life, health, and well-being.

 Kyoto University (KU) Undergraduate School of Science emphasizes an open-minded academic atmosphere that facilitates the creation of new ideas and theories. The KU School of Science has produced four Nobel Prize laureates and two Fields Medalists. Building upon this heritage, the School of Science has been one of the leading education and research institutions in the world.

 The undergraduate program offers a wide range of learning opportunities free from scientific compartmentalization. This program provides students ample time to identify the disciplines that attract them most as they progress over four years of undergraduate education. Liberated from cramming for entrance examinations, some students are encouraged to delve into the subjects that attracted them during high school. Other students may find interest in topics they were unaware of in high school. Our undergraduate program provides students with opportunities to expand the scope of their scientific interest. To encourage self-directed study, our undergraduate program provides small-group interactive sessions and encourages peer-tutoring learning. Its curriculum is designed to stimulate students' passion for scientific research. Students will engage in field and laboratory research projects while they complete classroom learning, or learn to maximize. They will also learn to maximize their thinking potential as they reason using pen and paper. The undergraduate program thus enables students to acquire basic scientific knowledge and skills, develop their interests and specializations, and advance to the frontiers of their specialties.

 Students who complete our undergraduate program will develop the basis to expand their worldview, relativize their conceptual frame of reference, form intellectually honest scientific attitudes, and apply natural science methodologies to identify and solve problems. Graduates will create new intellectual value as they work as researchers, as they work whether within or outside academics world.