• Major in Social Science and Information Studies
  • Major in Environment and Information Studies
  • Major in Information Design

Major in Environment and Information Studies

Features of the course

What can you learn in this course?

The Environmental Science and Information Studies Course changed its name in April 2009 to mark Otsuma’s 100th anniversary and set an improved course for the next 100 years.

The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and practical training, allowing students to work on topics through a hands-on approach. We value a hands-on education designed for students to think, “what can be done to realize an eco-friendly society?” by interacting with their natural environment.

The students are advised to select subjects that will lead to professional opportunities such as science teaching positions in junior and senior high schools, as well as careers in environmental design and management. We also provide students with advice and guidance on career planning based on the knowledge and skills acquired from the course. We encourage them to set a target to obtain certifications such as the Certification Test for Environmental Specialists and Biotope Planner and Builder.

1) Subjects related to environmental management for learning the structure of a sustainable society

To realize a sustainable society, it is necessary to re-examine ourselves as an integral part of the environment, not merely as observers. The course helps students to learn about the rules (environmental laws) that may help enable us to remedy the economic effects of humanity’s impact on the natural environment by building a recycle-oriented economic system(environmental economics) and balance environmental responsibility with business activities (environmental management) and everyday life. We hope you will join us to think about living an eco-friendly lifestyle.

2) Subjects related to environmental design to learn how to create a living environment where people live in harmony with nature

To create a sustainable society, we need to re-examine our living environment and learn to live in harmony with nature. We aim to create a living environment where everyone, including children, the mentally or physically challenged and the elderly, can enjoy a good quality of life. This is achieved by learning how to build eco-friendly houses and cities (environmental design in a cooperative society) to live a “green” lifestyle.

3) Subjects related to environmental science for understanding the natural environment

We can start living in harmony with nature by realizing the importance of taking an interest in nature. The first step towards protecting the environment is learning about roadside flowers and insects. We hope you will join us to think about the environment through looking at nature from a scientific point of view at all levels, from genes to entire ecosystems and the global environment.

Where will this course take you?

Developing a “symbiotic relationship with nature” has become an important part of business and social activities today. With companies being involved in a wide range of activities in environmental protection in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions, many of them are looking for people with environmental education experience. Many graduates also go on to postgraduate studies at universities in Japan and overseas, opening up further professional development opportunities.

Guidance and support for obtaining certifications in the environmental field

We encourage students to gain certifications in the environmental field upon completion of the course. We create a learning environment that allows students to see their academic progress more clearly by setting a realistic goal to obtain a certification. We provide advice and guidance on certifications including: Certificates for teaching science in junior and senior high schools, Certification for Biotope Planners and Builders, Certification Test for Environmental Specialists (Eco Test) and Certified Interior Coordinator.

First-class certificates for science teachers in junior and senior high schools

These certificates are aimed at students who wish to become science teachers who want to play leading roles in environmental education. The major course offers a combination of social science subjects, aimed at inspiring students with a sense of wonder in the natural environment. We develop students to become teachers who take a broader view of science education and whose enthusiasm and understanding help students overcome any aversions they may have about studying science.

Biotope Planners and Builders (Planners level 2/Builders level 2)

Biotope means a “wildlife habitat”. It is essential to maintain the ecosystem and make it diverse and rich to coexist with the natural environment. This certification is designed to recognize the knowledge and skills to develop biotope businesses that promote the biotope idea and put it into practice as part of environmental policies. Students on this course may be granted advanced standing for the coursework they have done at Otsuma University to support their Biotope Planners and Builders certifications.

Interior Coordinator

The students will learn how to build eco-friendly homes and live a “green” lifestyle, obtaining the certification as an indication of progress. We offer lectures on construction materials and equipment, subjects designed to develop basic knowledge in drafting and design as well as practical training in eco-friendly housing design.

Certification Test for Environmental Specialists (Level 3)

This is a private certification authorized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and awarded through the Japan Environmental Management Association. The certification process is designed to train people to work in eco-business. The course offers all subjects for the test.