Department of Physical Sciences

The Department of Physical Sciences offers quality education in a wide range of disciplines, ranging from fundamental physics to its experimental research. A variety of career opportunities can be found for graduates of physics degree programs who benefit from quantitative and analytical skills of physics and from learning fundamental laws of nature.

We particularly focus on condensed matter physics, astrophysics and biophysics at Aoyama Gakuin University. In general, it is crucial for superconducting materials to maintain their unique electrical properties in their different forms such as long wires, thin films and bulks for their practical applications. We focus on the fabrication process of superconducting materials which also helps to understand the physics. In both experimental and theoretical research, we actively share our expertise on superconductors. Our campus is close to the Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS) of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The world-class astrophysicists in the department emphasize close collaboration between theory and experiment, and they investigate a wide variety of high-energy astrophysical phenomena involving black holes, neutron stars, gamma-ray bursts, and the origin of cosmic rays, as well as promote international collaborations for space missions such as MAXI and CALET. Research in biophysics here includes the development of new experimental tools to visualize the dynamics of the interaction between actin and myosin, analytical and numerical approach to polymer science. The other strength of the department is also covering interdisciplinary physics research areas such as atomic physics and geophysics.

For first and second-year students, our department offers an introductory course sequence from mechanics to quantum physics with tutoring sessions to develop problem-solving skills. In addition, we provide physics laboratory courses for every semester to improve students’ experimental skills. Third-year students take modern physics courses covering fluidics, relativity, astrophysics, advanced quantum mechanics, solid state physics and statistical mechanics. Senior Thesis Research is a physics research project completed under the supervision of a faculty member, and the advanced research experience allows students to find their unique strengths while also demonstrating practical skills and knowledge.

Campus of Attendance

First Year to Fourth Year :


Lists lecture subjects (mandatory and required electives)

Required Credits for Graduation / 138 Credits
Mathematics・Common subjects
Required ■1st year
Mechanics Ⅰ・Ⅱ
Linear Algebra ⅠA・ⅠB
Analysis ⅠA・ⅠB
Fundamental Mathematical Physics/Fundamental Mathematical Physics
Specialized Experiments・Practical Work
Required ■1st year
Basic Experimental Physics Ⅰ・Ⅱ
Basic Experiments in Chemistry
Basic Experiments in Electric Engineering
Practical Work of Monozukuri (Shop-floor Technology)
Introduction to Computer Programming
■2nd year
Methods and Measurements of Experimental Physics Ⅰ・Ⅱ
Computer Programming Exercise
Practicum in Science and Technology Ⅰ・Ⅱ
■3rd year
Computer Application Exercise
Laboratory Work in Physics Ⅰ・Ⅱ
Laboratory Work in Physics A
Practicum in Science and Technology Ⅲ・Ⅳ
Required Electives ■2nd year
Exercise in Physics Ⅱ・Ⅳ
Exercises in Mathematics I・Ⅱ
■3rd year
Exercise in Physics Ⅲ
Fundamentals of Computer Science
Seminar・Graduation Thesis
Required ■4th year
Seminar in Physics Ⅰ・Ⅱ
Seminar in Physics A
Graduation Thesis Research Ⅰ・Ⅱ
Graduation Thesis Research A
Advanced Practical Research in Science and Technology Ⅰ・Ⅱ
Subject Group 1
Required ■2nd year
Quantum Mechanics Ⅰ
■3rd year
Statistical Mechanics Ⅰ
Required Electives ■2nd year
Analytical Mechanics
Mathematics Ⅰ
Electromagnetic Optics
Thermal Physics
Mathematics Ⅱ
Differential Equations I
Linear Algebra Ⅱ
■3rd year
Quantum Mechanics Ⅱ・Ⅲ
Solid State Physics
Experimental Methods for Physics
Numerical Analysis
Statistical Mechanics Ⅱ
Subject Group 2
Required Electives ■1st year
Exercises in Mathematics A
Exercise in Physics Ⅰ
■2nd year
Exercise Session (Differential Equations I)
Exercise Session (Linear Algebra Ⅱ)
Earth Sciences
Basic Experiments in Biology
Basic Experiments in Earth Sciences
■3rd year
Fundamentals of Electronic Circuits
Introduction of Astrophysics
Nuclear Physics
Lecture Series on Current Topics in Physics
Correlated Material Physics
Space Physics
Fields and Particles
Advanced Device Physics
Modern Applied Optics
Flow and Deformation
Dynamics of Matter and Earthquake
■4th year
Quantum Chemistry I・Ⅱ
Required Electives
Electives ■1st year
Chemistry Ⅰ・Ⅱ
■2nd year
Complex Analysis I
Exercise Session (Complex Analysis I)
Linear Algebra Ⅲ
Basic Chemistry
Analysis Ⅱ
Exercise Session (Analysis Ⅱ)
Chemistry Ⅲ
Analysis Ⅲ
Exercise Session (Analysis Ⅲ)
■3rd year
Practical Research in Science and Technology Ⅰ・Ⅱ
Differential Equations Ⅱ
Analysis Ⅳ
Exercise Session (Analysis Ⅳ)
Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering

Fundamentals of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Differential Equations Ⅲ
Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
■4th year
Analysis Ⅴ
Philosophy of Science
Quantum Electronic Devices
Semiconductor Devices
Biological Science E
Inorganic Chemistry D
Fluid Dynamics and Exercises
Applied Mathematics Ⅰ・Ⅱ
Theory of Electrical Engineering Materials Ⅱ
The Aoyama Standard Subjects
1st - 4th year :

School-wide universal education system where experts in wide-ranging academic fields transcending the framework of colleges/schools and departments stimulate interest in learning and provide guidance.

Foreign Language Subjects
[ 1st Foreign Language ] 1st year :

English Core I-a, I-b, I-c, I-d

2nd year :

English Core II-a, II-b, II-c, II-d

3rd year :

Active Speaking Skills A, B , Advanced Skills A, B , English Comprehension A, B , English for Engineers A, B , Study Abroad A, B

Free Elective Subjects
1st - 4th year :

Students can freely select from departmental subjects, Aoyama Standard Subjects, Foreign Language Subjects (take at least minimum credits required), subjects of other departments in the College of Science and Engineering, as well as subjects offered by other colleges.