Department of Marine Science and Technology

Fostering individuals who approach issues concerning marine bioresources from a comprehensive point of view

This department promotes research and education in natural and social sciences. In the field of natural sciences, research includes genes and proteins, cells, organisms and groups. Study of natural sciences covers a broad range of research and educational areas, including the bioscience of marine organisms, the preservation and development of their environment, and the cultivation, utilization and processing technology of marine bioresources. In the field of social sciences, the department conducts research and provides education from local and international viewpoints to cover areas such as production, distribution and consumption of fishery products, fishing ground management and fishery household management. This department aims at fostering individuals with the ability to find realistic solutions through a comprehensive combination of the two fields.

Characteristics of the Department

A broad range of educational activities and research related to seas and lakes

The major characteristic of the program offered in this department is that it covers a broad range of educational activities and research from natural science to social science. Students are involved in a number of issues related to seas and lakes from different viewpoints, and our alumni play a variety of roles in different fields.

Studying on the Obama Campus from the second year onwards

Students mainly learn liberal arts subjects on the Fukui Campus during the first year, and are transferred to the Obama Campus from the second year to study in specialized areas. The university and local communities enjoy an active relationship at Obama, which is nicknamed "Nara by the Sea."

Equipped with world-class facilities and technology

The Research Center for Marine Bioresources and the Marine Environmental Engineering Building house some of the leading-edge facilities and technology in the world. Small-class education and choices from a broad range of academic areas feed and support the motivation and inquiring minds of its students.

All alumni of this department can acquire certification recognizing them as trained engineers.

Internationally certified education program

As the educational program in this department has been accredited by JABEE (Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education), all graduates acquire certification recognizing them as trained engineers. JABEE-certified students receive an exemption for the first stage of the Professional Engineer examination.
JABEE is a non-government organization that provides evaluation of educational institutions, including universities, which conduct engineering education, to accredit them to a socially and internationally accepted standard, in a professional, neutral and fair manner as a third party institution. As it is also a signatory to the Washington Accord, the JABEE certification guarantees the quality of education our graduates have received and completed. 

Qualifications offered in this department

  • High School Teaching License (1st Class Category, Science/Fishery) *Acquirable through completion of a teacher-training course.
  • Trained Engineer *Certified by JABEE (Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education) and acquirable at the time of graduation

Qualification for food sanitation supervisors and food sanitation inspectors (Eligibility)
*Employers refer to possession of the qualification and allocate positions as needed.

Four-Year Curriculum of the Department of Marine Science and Technology

First Year
Study of core subjects
Basic subjects to prepare for the study of specialized subjects
Second Year
Study of compulsory applied subjects
Compulsory applied subjects to establish a base for marine bioscience
Third Year
First Semester
Study of specialized areas
Laboratories and practical subjects are to be completed by the end of the first semester.
Second semester
Students are allocated to a specialized laboratory to prepare their graduation research.
Fourth Year
Culmination of four years of university life
Graduation thesis based on research and conference-style presentation
First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
Specialized Core Subjects (Compulsory) Marine Bioscience Field Seminar; Biology I, II; Chemistry I; Basic Mathematical Science Chemistry II;
Laboratory in Biology
Laboratory in Chemistry
Specialized Applied Subjects (Compulsory) Science and Engineering Ethics; Biochemistry; General Phycology; General Microbiology; Marine Biology; Animal Physiology; General Atmosphere and Ocean Science; Utilization of Marine Resources; Fisheries Economics Basic Practical Specialized Area Seminar; Graduation Thesis
Specialized Applied Subjects (Elective) General Earth Science Molecular Biology; Ichthyology; Studies in Interrelations between Mountains, Rivers, Villages and Seas; Fisheries (Can be taken in the 3rd or 4th year); Special Marine Bioresources Lecture V (Can be taken in the 3rd or 4th year) Ecological Genetics; Algal Physiology; Phylogenetics; Aquaculture Science; Cellular Immunology; Aquatic Pathology; Fishery Resources; Resource Management; Bioresources Statistics
Food Chemistry; Special Marine Bioresources Lecture II (Can be taken in the 3rd or 4th year) Food Engineering; Food Protection; Food Microbiology; Food and Nutrition; Food Safety Control; Bioresources Analytical Chemistry
Coastal Oceanography; Environmental Hydraulics Lecture and Seminar;
Aquatic Microbial Ecology; Fisheries Facilities Engineering (Can be taken in the 3rd year)
Marine Environment Engineering; Coastal Ecology Engineering; Aquatic Environmental Science; Planktology
Food Products Distribution; Food Economics Organization (Can be taken in the 3rd year) Marine Bioresources Information; Fishery Business; Fisheries System; International Fisheries
Laboratory Work and Practicals (Elective) Regional Revitalization Seminar; Laboratory in Marine Bioengineering; Laboratory in Marine Biology; Laboratory in Food Chemistry; Food Products Distribution Survey 5 credits to be acquired in the first semester
Conservation Ecology Practical; Laboratory in Marine Environmental Microbiology; Marine Environmental Engineering Practical; Laboratory in Food Engineering; Fisheries Information Seminar
Scientific English Science English I, II
Internship Internship