Kyushu University Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studie

Kyushu University Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studie

About ISGS


The study fields in the KEYWORD spectrum are organized into 6 courses
Comprehensive Earth Sciences Course

In the Comprehensive Earth Science Course, students observe the earth as one of the planets from multiple perspectives, and comprehensively study its evolutionary processes. Our course highlights "evolution of earth", "evolution of life" and "environmental change". To realize our goals, we carry out fieldwork not only in Japan but also in various parts around the world.

♦ We do comprehensive science, from deep inside the earth up into the atmosphere, tracing back 4.6 billion years.

After 4.6 billion years since the formation of the earth, today’s mountains and valleys, consist of various geological features. Humans can investigate the evolution of the earth not only from the very limited area on the surface, the whole earth having a 6,400km radius. There are also a lot of signatures of the past global evolutions from deep beneath the earth to the surface environment. We now perform detailed geological field surveys in various places around the world, and analyze the earth’s evolution during the past 4 billion years using several kinds of advanced analytical instruments.

Major field survey sites of the Comprehensive Earth Science Course. There are also many other sites within the country.

♦ What can you study in the Comprehensive Earth Science Course?

In this course, geological field surveys (fieldwork), is emphasized. Usually fieldwork is conducted using cars or on foot. However, various methods are used according to the type of research, such as drill ships for seafloor drilling, snowmobiles or helicopters for polar research and camels or horses for highland rock desert. Samples taken from the field are analyzed using high precision analytical instruments to publish the most advanced research results. The graduate students participate in such fieldwork and analyze using the advanced instruments. The graduate students have also published many research results to scientific journals and symposiums. Our course uses the most advanced analytical instruments in the world and continuously performs fieldwork at a world class level. The graduate students develop new research themes and new analysis methods with the motto, “You can find what you want to do and you can do what you want to do.” while aiming to be the most advanced earth science study group.

  1. Major Fields

    Geology; Geophysics; Petrology; Mineralogy; Stratigraphy and Paleontology; Paleoclimate; Geochronology; Environmental Conservation; Antarctic Geology, etc.

  2. Current Major Fields

    Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Russia, Iran, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Algeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Brazil, Australia and the Antarctic, etc.

  3. The advanced analytical instruments housed at the Comprehensive Earth Science Course.

    The advanced analytical instruments housed at the Comprehensive Earth Science Course.

♦ Careers after Graduation

Many graduate students and post-doctoral fellows completed the course work as earth scientists such as staffs at Universities and institutes. Some work for the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) or the Marine Work Japan, and fully use the linguistic and field management skills acquired in the course. Others teach in elementary and junior high schools as teachers to bring up young earth scientists. Foreign students who completed the course engage in teaching what they studied at universities in their home countries. In the comprehensive earth science course, students are educated to be earth scientists playing an active part in various fields within the short time of 2 - 5 years.

Field training of geology Field training of geophysics
♦ Features of the course

There are still a lot of matters on the earth that have not been discovered. In other words, we understand only a part of the earth’s history. As when deep scars remain on human bodies throughout life, the "signatures" of the evolution of the earth are preserved somewhere in the geologic terrain. We have various fields, however, in each field, we try to discover the "signatures" through studying and educational activities each day. Students perform hard fieldwork and acquire good results using the advanced instruments. They sometimes enjoy discussing or seriously reviewing the obtained results with classmates and professors, and to publish their discoveries in scientific journals. "Various field selections", "advanced instruments" and “education with a low student/professor ratio" enables this. It is one of the beneficial features that only the Comprehensive Earth Science Course at the Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Global Society can provide. In addition, three guest professors are invited from the National Institute of Polar Research to our course. Therefore, you can do the geological, geophysical, petrological and mineralogical research in Antarctica, if you are interested in this mysterious continent.

♢ Faculty List
Name Post Field of Specialization Keyword
KAN Hironobu Professor Physical Geography, Geomorphhology Coral Reef Geomorphology, Environmental Geography, Geomorphological Development, Multibeam Bathymetric Survey, SCUBA Diving, Drilling Core, SEM-EDS, XRD, Ryukyu Islands, 4Maldives, Pacific Islands, Atoll, Great Barrier Reef
KUWAHARA Yoshihiro Professor Mineralogy Environmental Mineralogy Mineral-water interaction, Dissolution, Crystal growth, Atomic Force Microscopy(AFM), Surface science, Clay minerals, Paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes
OHNO Masao Professor Geophysics, Geochemistry
OSANAI Yasuhito Professor Geology, Petrology
SENDA Ryoko Associate Professor Geochemistry, Science Archaeology
NAKANO Nobuhiko Associate Professor Geology, Petrology Continental collision, tectonics, Asia
HAYASHI Tatsuya Associate Professor
ADACHI Tatsuro Assistant Professor Archaeology, Petrology, Geology metamorphic rock, igneous rock, continental crust, geochronology, geoscientific analyses on archaeological materials, identification of the origin of archaeological materials
MIURA Hideki Visiting Associate Professor
HOKADA Tomokazu Visiting Professor
NOGI Yoshifumi Visiting Professor