Minor Education Program for MAB/SDGs (Undergraduate)

1. Aim

The minor education program for MAB/SDGs is to develop excellent human resources who can actively contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Japan and overseas by using UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. It is expected that students who will lead the 21st century will be aware of the interaction between people and the earth and will be an intellectual starting point for creating a sustainable society within the Biosphere.

2. Target students

For regular undergraduate students of YNU.

3. Course content and completion requirements

A student satisfying the following requirements will be awarded a completion certificate.
a) 2 credits or more from the elective compulsory subjects specified below,
b) 4 credits or more from the Environmental Conservation/Environmentally Harmonious City/SDGs base subjects,
c) at least 1 credit of Global Exercise in Man and the Biosphere Programme for SDGs I or II (or similar overseas training course) to have overseas experience in emerging countries (including studying abroad), and
d) Altogether 8 credits or more from subjects specified in the above a)-c).

Table 1. Completion requirements
Elective compulsory subjects*2 credits or moreTotal 8 credits or more
Global Exercise in Man and the Biosphere Programme for SDGs I or II (or similar overseas training course)※21 credit or more
Environmental Conservation/ Environmentally Harmonious City/SDGs base subjects4 credits or more
※1 Courses listed below in the “List of Courses Opened in 2022” are eligible. However, courses with the same name that were offered before 2021 are also eligible.
※2 Regarding “overseas training”, the credits of equivalent classes on campus and credits earned outside the university such as studying abroad as an exchange student, or even non-credit course studies, will be treated as a credit of the minor programme, if the training is approved after a certain examination. (Even if the overseas training without credit is certified to be 1 credit as a requirement for completing the minor education program for MAB/SDGs, it does not mean the certification for the credit of this university). See Minor Education Program for MAB/SDGs for more details. As a completion requirement, if “overseas training” is certified, it will be considered as 1 credit.

Course method

No special procedures are required. During the course registration period for the spring and fall semesters, register for the courses you would like to attend from the website (Academic Affairs Information System) in the same way as for other courses. For more details of courses, please refer to Minor Education Program for MAB/SDGs.

The courses and timetables offered vary from year to year, but the subjects specified in the first year’s SDGs program are as shown in the table below (* for elective compulsory subjects and ** for Overseas Globalization Exercise I or II).

Table 2. List of Courses Opened in 2022
Elective compulsory subjectsIntroduction to Education for Sustainable Development (Education)
UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme and Sustainable Development Goals (Environment)
Overseas training subjectsGlobal Exercise in Man and the Biosphere Programme for SDGs I (Environment)
Global Exercise in Man and the Biosphere Programme for SDGs II (Environment)
Environmental Preservation/Environmentally Harmonized City/SDGs Base SubjectsIntroduction to Regional Geography (Education)
Human Geography (Education)
Educational Anthropology (Education)
Learning ESD by doing ESD in Satoyama (Education)
Introduction to Biology Ⅱ (Education)
Introduction to Biology ⅡI (Education)
Introduction to Chemistry Ⅲ (Education)
Chemistry in Daily Life (Education)
Physics in Daily Life (Education)
Construction : Crafts Ⅰ (Education)
School Health and Nursing, and Health for Children (Education)
Basic Electrical Technology (Education)
Introduction to Earth Science Ⅱ (Education)
Introduction to Earth Science ⅡI (Education)
Science of Wood and Wood-based Materials (Education)
Science of Palatability (Education)
International Environmental Economy (Economy)
Intermediate International Environmental Economy (Economy)
Regional Collaboration and Urban Regeneration B (Economy)
Developing Economies (Economy)
Intermediate developing country economy (Economy)
Comparative agricultural policy (Economy)
Intermediate comparative agricultural policy (Economy)
Corporate Environmental Management (Management)
Regional Environmental Management (Management)
International Business (Management)
Macro accounting theory (Management)
Business game (Management)
Business Economics (Management)
Information systems and Innovation (Management)
Strength of Materials 2 (Mach. Mat. Oci.)
Fluid Dynamics 1 (Mach. Mat. Oci.)
Mechanical Engineering and Society (Mach. Mat. Oci.)
Electronic Properties of Solids (Mach. Mat. Oci.)
Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering (Mach. Mat. Oci.)
Introduction to Ocean Engineering (Mach. Mat. Oci.)
Introduction to Aerospace Engineering (Mach. Mat. Oci.)
Fundamental Catalytic Chemistry (Chem. Bio.)
Materials Engineering and its Social Roles (Chem. Bio.)
Energy Management (Chem. Bio.)
Separation science and engineering (Chem. Bio.)
Safety and Environmental Chemistry (Chem. Bio.)
Plant Molecular Physiology (Chem. Bio.)
Introduction to Mathematical Sciences (Math. Phys. Elec. Info.)
Physical Sciences in Advanced Technology (Math. Phys. Elec. Info.)
Physical Career Development (Math. Phys. Elec. Info.)
Energy and Environment (Math. Phys. Elec. Info.)
Electricity System Engineering (Math. Phys. Elec. Info.)
Introduction to Electronic Information Systems (Math. Phys. Elec. Info.)
Introduction to Information Engineering (Math. Phys. Elec. Info.)
Multimedia Information Processing (Math. Phys. Elec. Info.)
Data Science (Math. Phys. Elec. Info.)
Machine learning (Math. Phys. Elec. Info.)
Information and Physical Security (Math. Phys. Elec. Info.)
International Development Studies Lecture (Urban Social)
Urban Philosophy Lecture (Urban Social)
Urban Culture Management Lecture (Urban Social)
Lecture on Cultural Anthropology (Urban Social)
Image and Society in Japanese Contexts (Urban Social)
Development anthropology lecture (Urban Social)
Lecture on Space and Culture (Urban Social)
Contemporary art theory lecture (Urban Social)
Lecture on Contemporary Poplar Culture (Urbana Social)
Lecture on International Politics (Urban Social)
Lecture on Urban Literature and Culture (Urban Social)
Lectures on East Asian Modern and Contemporary History (Urban Social)
Lectures on East Asian Urban Society (Urban Social)
Social Disparity and Inclusion (Urban Social)
Lecture on urban policy (Urban Social)
Lecture on social movement (Urban Social)
Western Architectural History I (Architecture)
Western Architectural History II (Architecture)
Modern Architectural History A (Architecture)
Japanese Architectural History I (Architecture)
Japanese Architectural History II (Architecture)
Modern Architectural History B (Architecture)
Urban environment improvement plan I (Architecture)
Urban environment improvement plan I (Architecture)
Safety in Civil Engineering 1 (Civil)
Safety in Civil Engineering 2 (Civil)
Countriology and Global Society Ⅰ (Civil)
Countriology and Global Society ⅠI (Civil)
Introduction to Ecological Risk Studies (Environment)
Ecological Management Case Study (Environment)
Environmental Issues II (Environment)
Science of Environmental Pollution I (Environment)
Science of Environmental Pollution II (Environment)
Introduction to Symbiosis of Social and Environmental Risks A (Environment)
How to cope with environmental risks Ⅰ (Environment)
Origin and Evolution of Earth (Environment)
Earth science (Environment)
Aging society and risk A (Environment)
Aging society and risk B (Environment)
Population Biology and Evolutionary Ecology I  (Environment)
Population Biology and Evolutionary Ecology II (Environment)
Nutrient Cycling in Ecosystems I (Environment)
Community Ecology and Risks I (Environment)
Community Ecology and Risks II (Environment)
Urban Ecology (Environment)
Ecology in Satoyama and Mountainous Landscapes I (Environment)
Ecology in Satoyama and Mountainous Landscapes II (Environment)
Conservation Ecology (Environment)
Ecosystem Planning (Environment)
Ecosystem Design (Environment)
City and Regional Economics I (Environment)
City and Regional Economics II (Environment)
Environmental Law I (Environment)
Environmental Law II (Environment)

Parenthesis means the department in charge of the subject.
Please check with the Academic Affairs (Academic Affairs) section of each faculty for accurate information each year.

Notes on taking overseas internship courses

Please note the following points when taking this course.

  • Please consult with your Academic Affairs Committee or supervisor for the schedule and content, register for courses, and submit the “Overseas Travel Notification” to your Academic Affairs section.
  • Be sure to attend and complete the “Overseas Travel Crisis Management Training” held by International Strategy Organization or equivalent contents in advance and acquire sufficient knowledge before participating in the program according to the instructions of the program manager (or Academic Affairs Committee) and leader of the training course.
    (※ Details such as the schedule of the “Overseas Travel Crisis Management Training” will be announced on the University website at the beginning of spring and fall semesters.)
  • During your traveling abroad, carefully consider that there are no problems such as the number of credits for graduation, preparation of graduation thesis, mid-term and final exams, and job hunting.
  • For exchange students and students of the “Tobitate Study Abroad JAPAN” initiative, the International Education Division Student Exchange Section (Student Center 2F) will accept various consultations. In addition, there are various materials for studying abroad, so please use them.
  • This minor program is not responsible for the student’s overseas experience.