Admission Policies

Hirosaki University Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science
Admission Policies

1 Overview

The Faculty provides a platform for students’ transformation into able professionals who demonstrate fundamental and specialized knowledge in the fields of agriculture and life sciences, experts and researchers with an ability to seek and solve problems, or individuals with rich human qualities and creativity who can be active members of both the local and international community.

2 The Type of Students We Look For

  • Students willing to acquire a broad range of fundamental and applied knowledge and skills in various agricultural and life science fields, and contribute towards the development of local communities
  • Students with a willingness and passion to be a part of international society

3 Pre-admission Requirements

  Adequate understanding of the fundamentals of all high school subjects

4 Policies on Student Selection

(1) Standardized National Examinations

Students are selected based on the combined results of the standardized national examination for university admission, an individual academic skills test, and a review of reports. By requiring an individual academic skills test, the Faculty seeks to select students demonstrating exceptional overall academic performance.

(2) Recommendation-based Entrance Exam I

The cumulative results of short essays, interviews, letters of recommendation, and reports are considered for the selection of students demonstrating fundamental academic skills.

Department of Biology

1 Overview

By understanding fundamental life phenomena, biodiversity, adaptive strategy, mechanisms of evolution, and ecology and environmental sciences, as well as by conducting fieldwork in the abundant nature of Aomori prefecture—including the World Heritage site Shirakami mountain range—students foster abilities that may develop from fundamental biology to specialized fields. As such, they will be able to contribute to the understanding of fundamental biological phenomena and the development of biological sciences, while possessing a dynamic and composite understanding of bio-ecology and a practical, relevant perspective of the conservation of the natural environment.

2 The Type of Students We Look For

  • Students willing to understand fundamental biological phenomena by analyzing flora and fauna
  • Students interested in ecology and the classification of biological matter, who want to understand biodiversity, adaptive strategy, and the mechanisms of evolution.

3 Pre-admission Requirements

Particular emphasis on biology, chemistry, and English

 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

1 Overview

Using the latest in biotechnologies, and by applying related academic fields including physical chemistry and information science, students at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology understand various life phenomena at a cellular, molecular, and substance level. By studying micro-organisms and enzymes from biochemical and molecular biological perspectives, and by working with the latest biotechnologies such as genetic engineering and glycotechnology, students are able to apply the latent potential of organisms and contribute to the use and development of next-generation resources such as the biomass.

2 The Type of Students We Look For

  • Students seeking to understand the mystery of life and unknown biological functions at cellular, molecular, and atomic levels
  • Students seeking to create the next biotechnology by applying the latent potential that organisms possess

3 Pre-admission Requirements

Particular emphasis on the understanding of science subjects

Department of Applied Biosciences

1 Overview

The Department of Applied Biosciences aims to develop individuals who can lead the food products industry through rich knowledge and expertise in plant breeding biotechnology, breeding of next-generation varieties based on plant genomes, environment-friendly food production and food science, food nutrition science, basics in food product function and safety, or food hygiene. The Department is also designed to develop individuals with the capabilities to improve or develop biological functions through understanding biodiversity conservation, or work with environmental issues in conservation agriculture such as the development of new pest management technology.

2 The Type of Students We Look For

  • Students willing to develop the capabilities of food resources by analyzing biological resources, including biotechnology for plant breeding and food science-oriented methods.
  • Students seeking to understand the characteristics of the production environment, such as the mutual interaction of diverse insects and micro-organisms, and solve environmental problems related to biological production.

3 Pre-admission Requirements

 An understanding of general science and fundamental knowledge of biology and chemistry are required.

Department of Agriculture and Horticulture

1 Overview

Students at the Department of Agriculture and Horticulture grasp social and economic issues in food and agricultural production ranging from issues in fruit science, localized study, to crop science, olericultural science, ornamental science, livestock science, and production machinery science in a multifaceted, comprehensive, and practical way. Along the way, students also acquire practical knowledge and capabilities for agricultural management that seeks efficient production and improved distribution mechanisms for agricultural and livestock products.

2 The Type of Students We Look For

  • Students seeking to explore agricultural production that is harmonious with nature, and develop and use new food resources
  • Students seeking to solve agricultural problems from an economic systems perspective

3 Pre-admission Requirements

In particular, fundamental knowledge across all science subjects is required. Along with studying for regular subjects, general interest in modern agriculture and food, and general knowledge on these matters is encouraged.

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering

1 Overview

Students acquire knowledge and skills related to diverse fields ranging from agricultural engineering and planning to ecosystem and social systems, enabling them to have comprehensive knowledge on rural environment maintenance and conservation. Students also acquire specialized knowledge on water, soil, and agricultural facilities and related knowledge on systems and planning to develop an engineer with social responsibility awareness and an ability to contribute to local development.

2 The Type of Students We Look For

  • Students seeking to solve problems in local communities and to maintain and conserve the environment with regard to natural spaces in rural areas
  • Students seeking to manage agricultural infrastructure and develop local communities through soil and water-related agricultural engineering

3 Pre-admission Requirements

Demonstration of basic academic skills across all high school subjects, and willingness to study mathematics and science subjects in particular, are required.

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