Aim to be eco engineers and designers protecting the environment
In recent years, cases frequently occurred, in which rainwater flowed out beyond the processing capacity of a sewage system and flooded cities by concentrated heavy rains. In general, we take measures by building a large reservoir underground, but it is very difficult to secure a budget and site. Therefore, we propose to create many “rain gardens” temporarily holding rain in gardens of houses, corners of parking spaces, and planting zones of roads, which are urban designs mitigating disasters. Research that is expected to be effective in the conservation of biodiversity and heat island phenomena has been already promoted such as installation of a “building type rain garden” in the Kyoto Station Building. Research fields of bioenvironmental design are truly broad from analysis of functions of plants to designing natural environment and urban environment.
Faculty of Bioenvironmental Science, Department of Bioenvironmental Design
Professor Yukihiro Morimoto
Associate Professor, Reiji Suzuki
Let us challenge environmental design which reverses the lost of “nature.”
In the landscape symbolizing the great nature of Japan, there exist not a few cases made by people. For example, a large plain spreading at the foot of Aso, Kumamoto. Neighboring people have maintained the great plain by utilizing such methods as grazing, field burning and grass cutting in order to use grasses for feed of cows and horses, materials for thatched roofs and fertilizer, etc. In such “secondary nature” as plains, thickly wooded areas, rice fields and water reservation ponds created by human caring, living organisms inhabit just as much as indigenous nature. However, secondary nature has been lost rapidly due to a decline in agriculture and livestock feeding industry and changes in lifestyle and there are not a few endangered species. How should we design an environment in which humanity and diverse living things can cohabit? The Department will provide people who want to think such questions through and challenge solutions with the best forum of study.
Features of Department
- To study mechanisms of nature and technology to preserve and rehabilitate an abundant environment.
- To conduct practical training and research using an abundant natural environment of Kyoto Kameoka Campus.
- Deploying projects related to a variety of environment in collaboration with society.
- Education for qualification and career is enhanced, including support for students who want to go to graduate school and become science teachers.
- Students can acquire a teacher’s license for natural science (junior and senior high school) and various qualifications related to the environment.
How to study at the Department of Bioenvironmental Design
In the 1st year, students study broadly the basic knowledge of the global environment, including biology and earth science. In the 2nd year and on, lectures and experiments deepening the knowledge of the urban environment and natural environment will be provided at full scale. Students also take subjects in which they study more deeply professional bio-environmental fields such as naturalization of cities, satoyama and biomass. Students are assigned to each Laboratory in the 4th year and challenge research aiming at preservation and revival of an abundant environment.
Environmental Revitalization Course – To explore the method for making green environment richer.
Landscape Design Laboratory
To design the landscape of cities with a rich nature
We receive various services from the ecosystem, including supply of foods and water, adjustment of weather, refreshing effect and material circulation, etc. It is the objective of the Laboratory to design the figure of “living creature affinity city” which is sustainable and beautiful based on “landscape ecology” which approaches the principle. For example, we pursue wise adaptation to climate change through the design of a “rain garden.”
Water Environment Laboratory
In order to live with beautiful water
We study such themes as securing safe drinking water and revival and conservation of favorable environment of rivers and seas. We think of method for realizing better water environments by approaching themes from various angles, including efficient methods for processing waste water from homes and plants, investigation and promotion of purification work by living creatures in rivers and lakes and research on the impact of water quality changes in rivers and seas on living organisms.
City Naturalization Laboratory
To think from the field through field work.
There are many problems mutually related to living things and human beings in urban and rural areas. In order to recognize these problems, it is necessary not only to study in classrooms but also to actively go out in the field. By repeating planning, implementation and summarization of results by group, students study the methodology to create a path for revitalization of the region.
Ayumodoki (Leptoboita curta) Conservation Activity
Protected species “ayumodoki” is a rare living organism only living in Kameoka and part of Okayama.
Kyoto Gakuen University continues to make an effort to implement conservation activities of rice field ecosystems, including ayumodoki, in joint efforts with Kameoka-shi and the environmental NPO.
Living Organisms and Environment Course – Mystery of Living Organisms learned from Satoyama in Kameoka
Environmental Education Laboratory
To develop people that protect nature.
In order to protect and revive the environment, it is necessary for more people to naturally have awareness of “cherishing the environment.” The objective of this Laboratory is to “develop people” interested in the environment. We take on the challenges of environmental problems from the perspective of grasping the essence of problems and thinking about the method for developing people who have knowledge, skills, attitude, will of solutions and prevention.
Satoyama Environment Laboratory
To revive satoyama with a rich ecosystem.
In satoyama cared by people, rich ecosystems have been created, different from indigenous forests in the previous long history. Along with changes in Japan’s social structure in recent years, however, the ecosystems of satoyama have continued to be devastated. This Laboratory studies the ecology of animals and plants and traditional life in the field of satoyama and explores the method for reviving nature and cultural value today.
“Forest of Life” Monitoring
The Department has contributed to design, monitoring, dissemination and enlightenment of “Forest of Life,” restored-type biotope in Umekoji Park, Kyoto-shi and “Satoyama Area” in Kyoto Aquarium and was awarded the “Kyoto Environmental Prize” by Kyoto-shi.
Qualification and Employment
Acquirable Qualification * National qualification to be acquired
- High school teacher’s 1st class license (natural science)
- Junior high school teacher’s 1st class license (natural science)
- Elementary school teacher’s 1st class license *
- Curator of a museum *
- Environment Revitalization Doctor, Elementary Grade
- Tree Surgeon Assistant
- Nature Restoration Specialist Assistant
- Regional Investigator
Targeted Qualification *National Qualification
- Certified Environmental Measurer*
- Pollution Prevention Manager
- Certification Test for Environmental Specialists (Eco Test)
- Biological Classification Skill Test, 3rd Grade
- Forest Instructor
- Biotope Planner
*In order for students to acquire an elementary school teacher’s license, a correspondence education course under agreement with other universities is offered. However, the course is limited to only those who acquire a junior high school teacher’s license.
Future Career Options after Graduation
- Environmental investigation/environmental consultant
- Landscape design office
- Construction industry
- Landscaping company
- Agriculture Cooperative (JA)
- Teachers (junior and senior high school teacher “natural science”)
- Civil servants
- Advancing to graduate schools, etc.
To develop human resources as described in this department’s educational goals, we seek students who have a clear sense of purpose and passion, basic knowledge regarding curricula and subjects that they completed in high school, Japanese language proficiency through which they can convey their own ideas, a willingness to positively attempt to solve various problems, and attitude toward actively engaging in activities, and toward making efforts for mutual understanding by communicating effectively with others.
- Knowledge and skills
- We seek students who are interested in the fields of research and education of the Department of Bioenvironmental Design, and who have a willingness to study chemistry, biology, and natural science.
- We seek students who have basic academic abilities to acquire knowledge of and techniques for the specialized fields of the Department of Bioenvironmental Design.
- Ability to think, to judge, and to express oneself
- We seek students who are interested in, and have a willingness to observe, understand, and clarify natural environment and phenomena.
- Attitude toward learning independently and in cooperation with a wide variety of people
- We seek students who have experience of moving forward with a project in cooperation with other people such as in regional partnerships.
- We seek students who have a willingness to participate in cooperative projects such as in regional partnerships.