Educational & Research Goals
The English degree program of ASE aims to foster internationally-fluent human resources who can act as international engineers or researchers of the future in cutting-edge or cross-disciplinary fields. The curriculums, all of which are taught in English in principle, enable students to master basic science and engineering knowledge as well as knowledge and experimental skills pertaining to specialized fields, and to gain the practical skills necessary to become global human resources.
Three Fundamental Policies
1) Diploma Policy
Utilizing Waseda University’s synthetic and creative approach, ASE facilitates diverse exchanges in scholarship, culture, language, and values in the university-wide educational environment and the students’ lifestyle, and thereby fosters global human resources who can contribute proactively to the global community.
ASE offers three majors: Physics Major, Chemistry Major, and Bioscience Major. The Physics Major focuses on physics, the foundational discipline underlining cutting-edge science and technology. In the Chemistry Major, students study the fundamentals of chemistry as a central science and the applications thereof. In the Bioscience Major, students learn the fundamentals of medical science and medical engineering knowledge as they relate to vital phenomena, and the technologies that apply such knowledge. Students will gain a basic grounding in their major and develop the ability to identify and solve problems as well as general analytical/judgment skills. They will also gain the international perspectives and practical skills necessary for acting as global human resources. In order to graduate, students must demonstrate their mastery of the program’s targeted knowledge, methodological skills, and international fluency by earning the minimum number of credits within the allotted time period as set forth in their major’s study guidelines and the criteria for advancement/graduation. ASE will confer on such graduates a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering degree.
2) Curriculum Policy
ASE provides a practice-oriented curriculum in which students gain the necessary grounding in science and engineering, including the applications thereof, by studying subjects such as physics, chemistry, bioscience, information science, and mathematics. In their major (Physics, Chemistry, or Bioscience), students master the fundamentals of the disciplines pertaining to said major. ASE also provides a Minor in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, in which students study the fundamentals of the engineering applications relevant to their major.
ASE provides an English language course whereby students will develop the English language proficiency necessary to act as global human resources. ASE also offers a Japanese language course to those students whose first language is not Japanese. Those students who need to improve their English language proficiency can take a first-year course in technical English. ASE has also organized the curriculum in such a way that those students who wish to improve their English may go overseas on a short-term overseas student exchange program, while foreign students may take an internship.
ASE offers general culture courses designed to teach a broad range of knowledge. Catering primarily to foreign students, these courses focus on Japanese and Asian society and culture. The global human resources fostering courses are designed to foster the necessary attributes of global human resources, including knowledge and methodological skills, and practical skills such as the ability to identify and solve problems.
In their final year, students take Graduation Thesis A/B, during which they deploy the foundational knowledge and skills they have accumulated and develop the ability to identify and solve problems as well as general analytical/judgment skills. They will also enhance other abilities such as presentation.
3) Admission Policy
In line with Waseda University’s founding principles “the preservation of the independence of scholarship,” “the promotion of the practical application of scholarship,” and the “fostering of good citizens,” ASE invites a broad range of individuals from Japan and overseas who have a solid grounding in basic scholarship, a powerful intellectual curiosity, an enterprising spirit, and a strong motivation to study. ASE strives to select applicants who:
- Are motivated to study natural science and related fields in English
- Have sufficient command of English to study in that language or the potential to do so
- Have sufficient logical thinking skills and can engage in the study of applying basic scholarship
- Have the motivation to apply a general grounding in natural sciences and contribute to the international community
- Have international perspectives or the flexibility to acquire international perspectives
- Have sufficient grounding in basic scholarship at a high school (or equivalent thereof)