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Faculty Reorganization

Faculty of Agriculture is changing
Faculty of Agriculture is changing

Agriculture is a comprehensive science for supporting “life”, “food”, and “the environment”. Starting from April 2017, the Faculty of Agriculture at Niigata University will become a single unified department, and the admission capacity for each year will increase by 13 percent from 155 to 175 students. In the new department (Department of Agriculture), five major programs are to be established affording students a specialized education encompassing comprehensive understanding of various problems facing our society from a multidisciplinary perspective. In becoming valuable human resources who are able to be active in the globe, our students will gain the abilities in planning, leadership, and problem-solving while maintaining high ethical standards.

Faculty of Agriculture will be changed as follows

Famous for products such as rice crackers and sake, the food industry alongside agriculture is a representative industry of Niigata, with further growth expected in the future. Therefore, in 2017 a new major program will be established as the Food Science Program to effectively promote education and research in this field. In addition, corresponding to the three pillars of “life”, “food”, and “the environment”, three major programs will be established as the Applied Life Science Program, Program of Agriculture and Bioresources, and Program of Environmental Science for Agriculture and Forestry. Finally, the Program of Field Research in the Environmental Sciences will be established jointly with the Faculty of Science with the aim of fostering human resources with practical ability to solve various problems such as environmental conservation and disaster / reconstruction measures.

  • Current (until 2016 entry)

    3 Department System

    Faculty of Agriculture

  • New organization (from 2017 entry)

    Single Department System
    5 Major Programs

    Faculty of Agriculture

    Department of Agriculture

    Capacity 175 students

    • Applied Life Science Program
    • Program of Agriculture and Bioresources
    • Food Science Program
    • Program of Environmental Science for Agriculture and Forestry
    • Program of Field Research in the Environmental Sciences

New Major Programs

Applied Life Science Program

Applied Life Science Program

Teaching a wide range of advanced expertise and experimental techniques on life phenomena of microorganisms, plants and animals, and their applications, the Applied Life Science Program strives to foster human resources who can be active in bio related fields concerning chemicals (pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemical products), food, the environment, agriculture, and energy, to meet the latest needs in bioscience, biotechnology, and genome science.

Applied Life Science Program


Eligible qualifications
■ Food Sanitation Supervisor 1) Appointment
■ Food Sanitation Inspector 2) Appointment
■ Hazardous Materials Engineer Appointment 3) Examination qualification
1) Business involved in food production, 2) Technical civil servant engaged in food hygiene, customs office / quarantine station (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare), public health centers (local governments), 3) Laboratory, chemical factory, storage facility.

Food Science Program

Food Science Program

Present day foods are required to fulfill various functions including nutrition, taste and health. Therefore, starting from the chemical basis of food ingredients and nutrients, the Food Science Program enables students to learn hard knowledge and skills to solve the problems of modern day foods concerning food raw materials, processing, function, analysis, safety, marketing, and allergies. Through this, we strive to develop human resources who can be active as researchers, and technicians, etc. at food companies and public research institutes.

Food Science Program


Eligible qualifications
■ Food Sanitation Supervisor 1) Appointment
■ Food Sanitation Inspector 2) Appointment
■ Hazardous Materials Engineer Appointment 3) Examination qualification
1) Business involved in food production, 2) Technical civil servant engaged in food hygiene, customs office / quarantine station (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare), public health centers (local governments), 3) Laboratory, chemical factory, storage facility.

Program of Agriculture and Bioresources

Program of Agriculture and Bioresources

The Program of Agriculture and Bioresources strives to develop human resources with broad expertise and skills and a high standard of ethics that can contribute to improving the quality and productivity of agricultural and livestock products, the realization of environment- friendly agriculture, and the development of rural areas. For those purposes, we are engaged in education and research with international perspectives on the development and application of advanced technologies such as animal and plant biotechnology, and the sustainable utilization of agricultural and rural resources.

Program of Agriculture and Bioresources


Eligible qualifications
■ High School Teacher's License Appointment (Agriculture)
■ Livestock Artificial Inseminer Appointment (Cattle)

Program of Environmental Science for Agriculture and Forestry

Program of Environmental Science for Agriculture and Forestry

To enable sustainable agricultural and forestry practices in balance with the natural environment, the Program of Environmental Science for Agriculture and Forestry strives to develop human resources with a wide range of expertise and skills encompassing the conservation of forests, plant and animal wildlife conservation, agricultural support systems, and soil and water conservation. In addition to learning specialist knowledge through lectures, there are also many outdoor practical training and exercise courses, where you can engage in active-learning and see things with your own eyes.

Program of Environmental Science for Agriculture and Forestry


Eligible qualifications
■ Environmental Restoration Appointment
■ Forest Information Professional Grade 2 Appointment
■ GIS Technician Appointment
■ Biotope Manager Grade 2 Appointment

Program of Field Research in the Environmental Sciences

Program of Field Research in the Environmental Sciences

The Program of Field Research in the Environmental Sciences is a joint program between the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Agriculture where students can learn together in a multidisciplinary environment and conduct a wide range of activities related to fields such as animal and plant ecology, disaster science and management, and meteorology. The program fosters human resources with practical abilities to combine the knowledge and skills necessary in various applied situations, and to approach complex issues such as conservation of biodiversity, disaster countermeasures, and environmental problems.

Program of Field Research in the Environmental Sciences


Eligible qualifications
■ Environmental Restoration Appointment
■ Forest Information Professional Grade 2 Appointment
■ GIS Technician Appointment
■ Biotope Manager Grade 2 Appointment

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