In the 21st Century, we are becoming keenly aware that technological progress has its price: depletion of natural resources, pollution of the environment, and destruction of nature. By learning how biological organs function and by applying these findings to technology, we will be able to regain harmony with Mother Nature. This is what bioscience and biotechnology is all about.
There are a number of ways to learn from nature. For example, the recent study of how skin cells work has led to the development of advanced cosmetic products. The study of genetics has led to the development of robust plants suitable for converting deserts into farmland. Other applications of bioscience/biotechnology include the production of energy out of industry and household wastes and the cleaning of the environment using microbes.
Biotechnology brings many benefits to our daily life, including medicine based on genetics, protein-based biosensors, and chemicals for household use made by enzymatic processing. Students gain basic knowledge and learn how to apply biotechnology.
Ecology not only holds the key to the environmental problems we are faced with, but also has great potential for bringing new value to our daily life, such as in the creation of new plants that can grow in arid or salty environments. Students learn how to harness biological power to benefit human life.
As society continues to age, so interest increases in highly functional food, or food for specified health use, such as coenzyme Q (CoQ10). Students learn how to enhance the value of food for humans from a health perspective.
The study of genetics and chemical reactions inside biological cells has led to the development of advanced cosmetics that keep the skin young and healthy. Students in this first-in-Japan college course learn how to apply bioscience to cosmetics.