The Faculty of Science established in1949, now has five departments and the Botanical Gardens. The Graduate School of Science was reorganized in 1998 to respond to the rapid progress and diversification of natural science, placing emphasis on interdisciplinary activities. Our faculty members play a leading part in a wide range of research fields and a few groups have prominently high international reputations. On the basis of the research activities, a high quality education is provided for both undergraduates and graduates including foreign students.

The educational program for the undergraduate course is designed systematically throughout the four year course from basic to the advanced subjects. The lectures are well linked with exercises; a variety of experimental trainings with high-level laboratory facilities are offered and the small group seminars with an original textbook are opened. The fourth year student is assigned to a laboratory and pursues an undergraduate research under the supervision of a faculty member. After finishing the undergraduate course, some graduates hold jobs in government offices and industries. Recently many students enter a graduate school to continue the advanced studies.

A graduate program covering a broad spectrum of subjects is offered to meet student’s individual needs and career objectives.

This combines creative, independent research with seminars and lecture courses. The dominant theme is research. New graduate students begin their research shortly after arrival at OCU and usually complete their M.S. thesis in two years and their Ph.D. thesis in three years or less.

Our graduates go on to a variety of outstanding and rewarding positions, including permanent jobs in academia, industry and national laboratories.


Botanical Gardens


The Botanical Gardens were established in1950. About 4500 living plant species, collected from all over the world, are cultivated in a total area of 26 hectares. The collection includes more than 1,000 species native to Japan, some of which are endangered in their natural habitats. The cultivated plants serve as materials of various plant researches and form a gene pool useful for human life. In addition to the plant collection activity, the gardens are cultivating 11 forest types of Japan. The establishment of these forest types in the gardens would enhance our understanding of natural forest types that are rapidly decreasing in size due to land development and human activities. The cultivated plants and the forest types are open to the public. The faculty members of the gardens have been engaged in various research activities in the fields of systematics, ecology, physiology, genetics, horticulture, and dendrology. The research achievements include the discovery of the new fossil genus Metasequoia by Dr. Shigeru Miki and the establishment of the warmth index by Dr.Tatuo Kira.

Osaka City University Advanced Mathematical Institute

The 21st Century COE program "Constitution of wide-angle mathematical basis focused on knots" launched out in 2003. In this COE program, we aspire to establish a world center of mathematics focused on knots at the newly established institution:Osaka City University Advanced Mathematical Institute ="OCAMI" .

Project Leader:KAWAUCHI, Akio

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