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Consisting of the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences, the Faculty of Science was established in 1992 to supervise education and research in the basic sciences of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.

In the early days of Japan Women's University, education and research in the fields of basic science were traditionally supervised by the Department of Natural Sciences, which was part of the Faculties of Home Economics and Education. In 1944 the Department of Sciences for Home Economics was established under the Faculty of Home Economics to supervise education and research in the basic natural sciences. In 1948 the new department was split into the Department of Sciences for Home Economics: Section I, for mathematics, physics, and chemistry, and the Department of Sciences for Home Economics: Section II, for biology and agricultural science. During this period, the University graduated more than 50 Doctors of Science, producing a group of women scientists who were active in many scientific fields in Japan.

Drawing upon this tradition in response to the demands of a new age, the Faculty of Science was established as an independent faculty in 1992 with a mandate to supervise education and research in the basic sciences. Among the women's colleges in Japan, two state-run universities are the only others to offer an independent faculty for the natural sciences. At Japan Women's University, the idea of a faculty for the basic natural sciences has been around since the University's establishment in 1901. In this sense, the concept for the Faculty of Science is rooted in tradition while simultaneously being ahead of its time.

Two departments comprise the Faculty of Science. The Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences is responsible for overseeing education and research in these two traditionally close fields. The Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences, meanwhile, supervises integrated education and re-search in the fields of chemistry and biology, which represent the material and life sciences in the broadest sense.

Both Departments, which integrate a number of fields while retaining a solid foundation in the unique academic structures of each, offer a wide range of academic disciplines playing a critical role in today's society. They include mathematical science, information science, computer science, molecular biology, and environmental science. Development of these new fields will require researchers who not only have a basic mastery of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology but also have the flexibility and enthusiasm to apply this knowledge In an integrated manner. The nurturing of female scientists to become future leaders in their fields is the central purpose of this Faculty. Both Departments strive to educate female scientists capable of playing an active role in the advanced information and technology society of the future and to engage in independent research based on close cooperation.