The Chemistry of Life

Learn how to generate ideas at the interface between chemistry and biology.

About The Course

*Note - This is an Archived course*

This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course. 

Chemistry and biology are traditionally taught as separate subjects at the high school level, where students memorize fundamental scientific principles that are universally accepted. However, at the university level and in industry, we learn that science is not as simple as we once thought. We are constantly confronted by questions about the unknown and required to use creative, integrated approaches to solve these problems. By bringing together knowledge from multidisciplinary fields, we are empowered with the ability to generate new ideas. The goal of this course is to develop skills for generating new ideas at the interface between chemistry and biology by analyzing pioneering studies.

Top performing students will have an opportunity to obtain MEXT Scholarships for postgraduate studies at Kyoto University. In addition, Kyoto University plans to offer travel awards to five students with the highest interim scores, who are interested in visiting Kyoto University for a week during summer.

Recommended Background

None. Knowledge of basic junior high school science is recommended.