Production of artificial materials, discharge of wastes, and development of earth’s surface, underground and ocean have significantly affected environment systems which are composed both by natural environments and human societies, and have degraded the wealth of ecosystems and the quality of life. To tackle and overcome these problems, it is important to understand material and energy cycles, and to clarify the interaction among sub-systems which constitute the environment system. In addition, it is highly expected to develop problem-solving methodologies and their application through detailed study by scientific and engineering approach together with the integration of economics, policy science, and international cooperation. The viewpoints of risks and safety are also of fundamental importance. Department of Environment Systems conducts researches and education to design and realize the sustainable societies by analyzing the interaction and relationship between human societies and natural environment, developing the model to represent the environment systems based on the detailed analyses, clarifying the causes of the problems using the systems model, and investigating the possible solutions and the way to manage the system.
In our curriculum, lectures are categorized into two programs, the Environment Engineer Training Program and the Environment Manager Training Program. The former cultivates the engineering sense needed to find technical solutions to environmental challenges, while the latter develops the foresight needed when making political decisions or managing environmental risk as a government officer or a business manager. We also have a Fieldwork Exercise to help students to grasp the actual state of the environment, and a laboratory named “Transition to a Cycle-Oriented Society,” which we jointly offer with the National Institute for Environmental Studies.