Welcome to the Center for Frontier Science, Chiba University

The Center for Frontier Science (CFS) adminisrates the Frontier Science Program (FSP), which is open to gifted students permitted to enter Chiba University after skipping their final year of high school.

The policy of CFS is to encourage talented students to contribute to natural sciences, especially physics, applied physics, physical chemistry and human-related information science. Since we believe that some special measures are needed for this purpose, special seminars for the above three fields are given to the CFS students in order to stimulate their interest. Beside these seminars, some liberal arts seminars are also given.

CFS also has strong links with high school teachers, and exchanges opinions with them on education systems for young people. This is not only to seek better educational methods in FSP, but also to prevent people from losing their interest in science, which we think is a large problem in the Japanese educational system.

Frontier Science Program - Early Enrollment

Frontier Science Program - Early Enrollment

The Frontier Science Program, in which gifted students get professional education in science as a regular student before graduating from high schools, are designed to foster highly creative scientists and researchers venturing out into the world. We call for applicants in winter and in summer. Successful candidates start their study at Chiba University either from April or September. The curriculum is enriched by small-group instruction, seminars, and one month English training in Canada. The alumni of the program amount to 61 by the end of 2015. Majority of them continue their study at graduate schools at Chiba U. or other universities (see the pie chart). Some elder alumni are currently teaching as assistant professors and some others are working as scientists and engineers in research institutes.


This Frontier Science Program was established in 1998. In the first year, we had only three freshmen majoring physics and applied physics. Since then we have expanded the program in wide range of disciplines ranging from Physics, Physical Chemistry, Life Science, various Engineering, and Human Sciences. Currently we are call for applicants in the four courses listed in the next page. The bar chart below shows the statistics of the applicants and successful candidates in the four courses. We are proud to be the pioneer in the early enrollment in Japan, although early enrollment is popular in many countries. Our program is still at the top in the number of alumni and in variety in Japan. This program receives special support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. We are aiming further improvement in quality of education.

Statistics of Applicants and Successful Candidates by Year

Statistics of Applicants and Successful Candidates by Year

Affiliation of Alumni after Graduation

Affiliation of Alumni after Graduation

Four courses

1. Physics Course

Physics Course ImagePhysics is study to seek universal laws embedded in various natural phenomena. The research subjects range widely from the microscopic worlds of elementary particles and atoms through condensed matter to stars and galaxies. We welcome young students interested in understanding the principles of Physics and aiming to be a researcher.

2. Physical Chemistry and Life Science Course

Physical Chemistry and Life Science Course ImagePhysical Chemistry is the interface between the Physics and Chemistry. It elucidates structure, formation and interaction of materials on the basis of the theory and methods of Physics. Life science clarifies biological phenomena on the basis of the theory and methods of Physical Chemistry.

3. Frontier Technology Course

Frontier Technology Course ImageThis course covers wide range of engineering including architecture, urban environment systems, industrial design, mechanical engineering, medical system engineering, electrical and electronics engineering, nano science, image sciences, and informatics. Students are encouraged to be frontiers in technology.

4. Human Sciences Courses

Human Sciences Courses ImageHuman sciences provides methods based on natural sciences for analyzing human mind, culture, and society. For an example, it explains a philosophical question “what makes one person distinct from all others?” from the viewpoint of information processing. Similarly the ability to interpret the surrounding environment from what we look at is related to function of eyes and brain by this new science.


Center for Frontier Science, Chiba University

: 1-33 Yayoi-cho, Inage-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba, 263-8522 JAPAN
E-mail to
: cfs-info@chiba-u.jp
: 81+43 (290) 3522
: 81+43 (290) 3523

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