Overview - College of Systems Engineering and Science

Educational Philosophy

The College of Systems Engineering and Science thrive to develop competent individuals who can meet the demands of the new era and contribute to sustainable human society.
​The problems facing society today exceed the boundaries of a specific discipline. The methods that solve problems are formalized by interconnecting various different factors derived from social life and based upon a clear future outlook. Shibaura Institute of Technology founded The College of Systems Engineering in 1991 with a new vision, differentiating itself from analysis-based engineering. In 2009, The College was renamed The College of Systems Engineering and Science, with introduction of the physical sciences field. The College of Systems and Engineering and Science engages in systems engineering methodologies by adopting an interdisciplinary approach. The education and research here highlights, “Systems Thinking” to pursue comprehensive problem-solving methodologies; “Systems Engineering Techniques” to realize successfully the targeted system function; and “Systems Management” to link human/knowledge/technology focused on problem solving. The ultimate vision of this college is to nurture competent individuals who can meet the needs of the upcoming generation, contributing to the development of the community and human society.


Diploma Policy

​College of Systems Engineering and Science confers a Bachelor's degree to those who have fulfilled academic requirements for graduation, and have attained the abilities specified in the following learning and educational objectives:

  • Are equipped with a broad academic background that enables multi-dimensional thinking from a global perspective, can engage with mutual understanding and communication with other fields and other cultures, and can work as a scientifically and technologically trained individual with a high level of ethics.
  • While acquiring knowledge of science and technology, the student can acquire systems thinking to promote an action plan to integrate knowledge and solve problems, and can identify problems and devise comprehensive solutions.
  • Are equipped with the theories of systems engineering necessary for solving problems in society and the capacity to use them; can manage people, knowledge, and skills; and can work on a team and communicate effectively with others involved.
  • Are equipped with specialist knowledge and the ability to use it, can recognize the knowledge and skills necessary for problem-solving, and can learn independently what is lacking and solve problems.

Curriculum Policy

​College of Systems Engineering and Science offers an educational program drawn from methods of systems engineering that cross-cut and link different disciplines and methods to systematically learn and research specialist education and deepen specialist knowledge.
The educational program consists of the lectures, seminars, experiments, and practical work of comprehensive, common, and specialist subjects. The common subject at the core of the College’s aspirations, Systems Engineering Education, offers repeated practice and experience by combining seminars and lectures through a project in order to encourage active and successful student learning.
The curriculum consists of the following subject groups. It aims to achieve learning and educational objectives by evaluating students’ achievement in a multifaceted manner and by encouraging students to be reflective.

1. Comprehensive subjects:
​To acquire a broad knowledge base and the ability to understand other fields and cultures.
1.1 Engineering literacy subjects:
To acquire the ability to solve problems by integrating science and technology.
1.2 Social science subjects:
To acquire a scientific understanding of society.
1.3 Humanities subjects:
To develop an understanding of the human mind and culture as the product of human mental activity.
1.4 Health and physical education subjects:
To develop a healthy mind and body.
1.5 Foreign languages:
To develop the ability of cross-cultural communication.

2. Faculty common subjects:
​To acquire the basics in engineering required by all students of systems engineering and science.
2.1 Basic subjects:
To master mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology as the foundation of scientifically and technologically trained individuals.
2.2 Systems and information subjects:
To acquire the information literacy and systems engineering knowledge necessary to solve problems in society and to develop problem-solving skills through group work.

3. Specialist subjects:
​To deepen specialist knowledge.

4. Comprehensive research:
​To examine the theme set by the student and find solutions.

Admission Policy

​The major strength of the College of Systems Engineering and Science is its interdisciplinary education program. Applicants who wish to join the College are expected to have formed a clear understanding of the “characters we seek” as specified below, the College’s educational policy, the College’s curriculum, and its teaching and research.

​Student character traits the College of Systems Engineering and Science seeks:

  • Those who are interested in the make-up and evolution of various “things” and “events” in our daily life, and those who are interested in thinking about them carefully and in identifying problems.
  • Those who are interested in learning beyond disciplinary boundaries by teaming up with students from other Colleges to take on tasks, and those who are strongly motivated to learn subjectively and actively.
  • Those who want to contribute to society through engagement with “manufacturing” and “the creation of a new framework” to create added values by emphasizing the interrelationship among elements that constitute a system.

​Those who agree with the above and wish to join the College are expected to acquire the following prerequisites in high school:

  1. The knowledge and skills of the high school curriculum (in particular, foreign languages, mathematics, and natural sciences).
  2. The abilities to think, judge, and express.
  3. The ability to actively collaborate with diverse people.

​The College carries out the following selections in order to evaluate the capacities listed above and others in a comprehensive and multifaceted manner. For the distribution of marks, please refer to details of each selection method.

  • In the first half, second half, and all university exam route, an emphasis is placed on 1 as above and 2 is evaluated by means of written exams.
  • In the National Center for University Entrance Exam route, the evaluation is made by aggregating marks of multiple subjects while placing an emphasis on 1 as above.
  • In the recommendation by the designated schools, affiliated schools, and attached schools route, the evaluation of 1 and 2 is made based on the school report and interviews are carried out in order to evaluate 1, 2, and 3 comprehensively.
  • In the special entrance exam for foreigners and returnees route, written exams and externally awarded qualifications are used to evaluate 1 and 2, and interviews are carried out to evaluate 1, 2, and 3 comprehensively.


The college strives to empower students to develop systems engineering tools, defined as “Systems Thinking” to pursue comprehensive problem-solving methodologies: “Systems Engineering Techniques” to realize successfully the targeted system function, and “Systems Management” to link human/knowledge/technology focused on problem solving. Here, the students are given challenging projects with practical demonstrations early in their academic years. The project is undertaken across several academic departments within the College. The education program is designed towards a culture where students analyze the properties of a system represented by “object” and “event” in complex engineering fields, thereby ultimately nurturing highly creative individuals who can contemplate value-added manufacturing practices through deepened lateral relationships as well as noble manufacturing frameworks.

Ever Expanding College of Systems Engineering and Science

​The former College of Systems Engineering provided education and research to realize three goals; systems thinking, systems engineering techniques, and systems operations. In 2008, with the introduction of Department of Bioscience and Engineering, the research area of the College expanded significantly. In addition, the Department of Mathematical Science was also introduced in April 2009. By combining these departments with conventional departments of Electronic Information Systems, Machinery and Control Systems, and Architecture and Environment Systems, a new College of Systems Engineering and Science was established. With high expectations of the synergistic effects derived by fusion of wide fields, the College now provides education and research to cultivate pioneers who proactively advance their specialist fields that include social sciences, environmental sciences, and life sciences, as well as forming new interdisciplinary areas.

Objectives in Education and Research

​The objective of College of Systems Engineering and Science is to foster human resources with the following characters:

  1. Human resources with a broad academic discipline and a command of systems thinking who are able to address problems by integrating the knowledge from ones respective area of science and technology. This can be made by learning integrated module offered in the College.
  2. Human resources equipped with logic and methodology of systems engineering, which are necessary for problem solving for society. This can be made by learning core module that must work as foundation for a professional engineer.
  3. Human resources who have acquired to set problem independently and find the integrated solution. This can be made possible by learning specialist modules for strengthening expertise knowledge and thereby accumulate practical experiences, and by taking a research-based capstone project designed to synthesize all research aspects.
  4. Human resources with an ethical view on technology required for engineers who can contribute to the society.

Curriculum Outline

Comprehensive Studies

  • Comprehensive studies empower students to embrace a wider academic intellect regardless of their enrolled specialist discipline. The curriculum of the College is designed to complement the “Core Subjects” and “Specialized Subjects”. The studies range from basic subjects including philosophy, law, economics, and sociology, to subjects having keywords pertaining to society, technology and globalization. In the systems-centric studies, students learn systems tools, defined as “Systems Thinking”, which integrate different aspects of science and technology to challenge and identify problem solving, and to discuss how the technology can be of service to the society. The curriculum therefore composed for an interdisciplinary approach encompassing the broad-range of academic disciplines, which may seem unrelated at a first glance, namely aiming ultimately to produce engineering professionals having a sense of generation trends.
  • The “Human Environment” subject is listed as a feature subject, comprising “Science, Technology and Society” ~ “Basic Ecology”. The studies encompass a broad range of academic disciplines, namely society, human, and engineering, which all seem unrelated at a first glance. Here, the uses of system engineering methodologies are studied.
  • Foreign languages are structured so that students learn more than two languages. The foreign language subjects carry over 10 credits in total, of which over eight credits are required in English. The credits for English can be transferred from the results of exams in Practical English Proficiency conducted by Eiken Foundation of Japan, TOEFL, and TOEIC. Please refer to the syllabus, “Off-campus English Proficiency Test I” and “Off-campus English Proficiency Test II”

Core Subjects

  1. Core Subjects
    Core subjects include mathematics, physics, and chemistry. In particular, mathematics-related subjects are considered most essential, and therefore, a majority of them are compulsory (Subjects in which the students must achieve credits).
  2. System and Information Subjects
    Designed to acquire the necessary concepts and techniques required by “System Engineering”, being a characteristic of the College of System Engineering and Science. A unique feature is that the lectures combine students from all five departments, regardless of their field of expertise. Subjects on computer skills are compulsory and important when the systems engineering tools are exploited in real problem solving.
  3. Specialized Subjects
    The subjects are characterized by each department’s attributes. The department assigns subjects that have to be taken each academic year.
  4. Teaching Subjects
    Applicable for only those students enrolled for the teaching profession curriculum for the Teachers’ Licenses qualifications. Depending on the area of specialized subject for the Teachers’ Licenses, the students must take specialized subjects offered by other departments as a part of teaching profession curriculum.