Courses

B16

Course Coordinator:
Evan Economo
Course Type:
Elective
Course Category:
Environmental and Ecological Sciences
Term:
2
Credits:
2

This course covers biological phenomena at or above the scale of a single organism.  We will broadly cover topics in evolutionary biology and ecology including but not limited to population genetics, animal behavior, adaptation and natural selection, speciation, phylogenetics, population biology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and macroecology. 

B18

Course Coordinator:
Eliot Fried
Course Type:
Elective
Course Category:
Mathematical and Computational Sciences
Term:
2
Credits:
2
Prior Knowledge:

Prior knowledge of elementary calculus

In this course, students will learn to formulate mathematical models leading to rate equations, transport equations, and variational principles. They will also learn techniques for extracting qualitative and quantitative information from those models. In particular, they will study phase line analysis, phase plane analysis, the method of characteristics, dimensional analysis, and methods for constructing similarity solutions.

B19

Course Coordinator:
Eliot Fried
Course Type:
Elective
Course Category:
Mathematical and Computational Sciences
Term:
3
Credits:
2
Prior Knowledge:

B18 Methods of Mathematical Modeling I

In this course, students will learn to apply regular and singular perturbation methods to ordinary and partial differential equations. They will also be exposed to boundary-layer theory, long-wave asymptotic methods for partial differential equations, methods for analyzing weakly nonlinear oscillators and systems with multiple time scales, the method of moments, the Turing instability, pattern formation, and Taylor dispersion. 

B20

Course Coordinator:
Hiroshi Watanabe
Course Type:
Elective
Course Category:
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Term:
3
Credits:
2
Prior Knowledge:

No prior knowledge assumed

This course will provide an introduction to Evolutionary Biology focusing on the developmental process of multicellular organisms for students with and without an undergraduate background in this field. Two major goals in this course will be to understand evolutionary changes in development and to learn modern creatures and technologies employed for addressing issues in evolutionary developmental biology.This course presents the basic principles and recent findings in evolutionary developmental biology.

LTP

Course Type:
Mandatory
Course Category:
Other
Term:
All
Credits:

Students work in the laboratory of the Professor under whom they wish to conduct their thesis research. They undertake and write up preliminary research work, complete an in-depth literature review and prepare a research plan. The preliminary research work should include methods the students will use in their thesis research. The literature review should be in the area of their thesis topic and be of publishable quality.

PD1

Course Coordinator:
Jeff Wickens
Course Type:
Mandatory
Course Category:
Other
Term:
All
Credits:
1

This course aims to develop knowledge and skills important for leadership in scientific research and education. The three main components of the course are (1) weekly seminars covering basic principles of research conduct and ethics, scientific communication, and aspects of science in society, (2) a cross-disciplinary group project, and (3) practical experience to develop presentation and teaching skills.

Seminars

PD2

Course Coordinator:
Gordon Arbuthnott
Course Type:
Mandatory
Course Category:
Other
Term:
All
Credits:
1

This course will comprise a series of seminars and workshops designed to prepare OIST graduates to function effectively and responsibly in their scientific career.  Beyond the initial focus of research, a responsible scientist should be able to communicate their research to the informed public, to make the most effective use of the public and private funds entrusted to them, and to understand the place of their science in its social and ethical context.

PD3

Course Type:
Optional
Course Category:
Other
Term:
All
Credits:
1

Academic technical English is a specialized area with particular requirements for clarity in the communication of difficult concepts. Research students for whom English is not their primary language may need to develop their English language proficiency to enable more effective communication in the areas of science and technology. 

PD4

Course Type:
Optional
Course Category:
Other
Term:
All
Credits:
1

Research students from countries other than Japan may have limited ability in the Japanese language.  While the teaching and research language used at OIST is English, the availability of English outside the OIST campus is limited.  Essential Japanese for Foreign Researchers is an optional course for students from Non-Japanese-speaking countries.