Vision for Life Sciences at Soka University

The Life Sciences Concentration at Soka University will offer a rigorous curriculum that provides a solid foundation in the sciences, including courses that embody the latest emerging discoveries in biology and chemistry, and a student-centered pedagogy that challenges students to apply what they have learned. The BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Life Sciences will feature inquiry-based learning through student-led experiments, giving valuable research experience on topics of interest in current scientific research. The Life Science curriculum will also be integrated with Soka University’s innovative Core and General Education curriculum and will prepare well-rounded students that are more than technically proficient and scientifically knowledgeable. The curriculum will enable students to help develop scientific breakthroughs in the Life Sciences that will enhance the sustainability of our planet and promote human health, and to encourage ethical uses of technology that incorporate Soka University’s core values of peace and global citizenship.

The SUA Life Sciences curriculum has been designed by Soka University faculty and staff in consultation with some of the world’s leading experts in biology research, education and medical education through a Science Advisory Board, who have met with the Soka University faculty and shared their insights with them as they develop key elements of the new Life Science Curriculum.

SUA Life Science Curriculum – Distinctive Features

Our Soka University faculty and staff are developing a new Life Science Concentration that is well aligned with the mission and academic curriculum of Soka University and which is distinctive in its design and implementation. The unique opportunity to develop the Life Science curriculum “from scratch” includes the chance to incorporate the latest developments in life science and biotechnology, and to build upon the advances in teaching and learning science that have created new perspectives on how people learn. The distinctiveness will be further enhanced by the integration of interdisciplinary perspectives from social sciences, arts and humanities from complementary courses within the GE Curriculum. As the requirements for medical school also have evolved, our Life Science program will incorporate the latest and most modern perspectives of medical training, to prepare students for careers in the new era of medicine – with its greater emphasis on leadership, interpersonal skills, and the incorporation of gene therapies, large databases and advanced technologies.

The Life Science Concentration at Soka University can be described concisely as follows:

The BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Life Sciences at Soka University of America will prepare students to engage in the dynamic fields of biology, biomedical research, biotechnology, as well as providing a pathway toward careers in medicine or public health. The concentration will feature an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides a solid foundation in the sciences with courses that embody the latest discoveries in biology and chemistry, and a pedagogy that challenges students to apply what they have learned to realistic scenarios. The Life Science Concentration will feature inquiry-based courses that train students in experiment design, data collection and analysis, and presentation of experimental results. The Life Science Concentration will feature a global outlook that considers the societal and cultural implications of new advances in the Life Sciences.

The new Life Science concentration will be housed in the Soka University Life Science Building, which is now under construction and will feature a state of the art 91,370 square foot facility that will include 8 teaching labs, 10 research labs, a lecture hall and a mix of office and interaction spaces.

The new science building will be staffed with a mix of faculty that will include a set of 6 newly hired science faculty, along with additional professors from a variety of disciplines to make for an exciting and interdisciplinary intellectual environment.

Time-lapse Movie of Science Building! A time-lapse of our Science building construction is available below in this exciting new movie, made courtesy of the SUA University Archives and Photography Office. The movie shows the details of our construction up until March 2019.