University education consists of general education courses which all students study, and the specialized education courses of each faculty and department. In the general education courses, students learn basic knowledge, academic interest in a variety of areas, a broad and deep knowledge and ability to make judgments, as well as developing a humanity through education. In the specialized education courses, students will learn solid expertise in their respective fields of science and engineering and the ability to handle problems in science and engineering from the comprehensive point of view.
General Education Courses
In the Iwate University, students take courses beyond the framework of their own faculty in order to broaden their learning, acquire decision-making abilities and humanity. There are transitional education courses in which students learn how university studies differ from high school, as well as courses such as culture, society, nature, the environment, foreign languages, health, sports, and information.
Specialized Education Courses (Basic Professional Courses, Specialized Courses)
We offer the specialized courses in each faculty and department. There are the Basic Professional Courses, which teach the basic academic skills (mathematics, chemistry, physics, etc.) required for further study in the specialized fields. And in the Specialized Courses, students improve their knowledge of specialized fields, starting from the basic theories, laws, and techniques that are common to each field of science and engineering.
The “Specialized Courses” are set up in three educational programs in which students acquire specialized expertise and which confer bachelor degrees on them. These programs include lectures, seminars, experiments, lab courses, specialized English, international training (language training in overseas), internships and factory visits.
There are not many of these programs in the first year. The number of programs increases in the second and third years. The fourth year mainly focuses on students’ graduation research.