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BS in Biology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Biology is a four-year program that offers a general education in different biological sciences such as zoology, botany, physiology, genetics, histology, microbiology and ecology. The program also offers a strong foundation for advancement and specialization in biotechnology, genetic engineering, computational biology, genomics, molecular biology, and neurobiology. It grounds students with the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories of biological, natural, and physical sciences in research.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Biology are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. The strand provides the basics of applied mathematics and sciences that will be useful in their college life.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Chemical Biology: Organic Molecules
  • Chemical Biology: Analytical Methods for Biology
  • Chemical Biology: Biomolecules

  • Biophysics
  • Statistical Biology
  • General Botany
  • General Zoology
  • General Physiology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Biology are expected to able to:

  • Have an in-depth understanding of the principles of the science of life
  • Utilize relevant biological research work techniques and procedures laboratories and field settings
  • Use appropriate technology and apply basic mathematical and statistical computations in analyzing biological data
  • Know and thoroughly assess current theories in the various areas of biological sciences

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in government agencies, biological laboratories, museums, zoos, aquaria, and private organizations.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

The BS in Biology does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Biology may pursue a career path in government agencies, biological laboratories, museums, zoos, aquaria, and private organizations. They may apply as a biochemist, biotechnologist, medical manager, financial analyst, pharmaceutical sales representative, physician assistant, or a biological technician.

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Reviews of BS in Biology graduates:

R. J.
◈ Studied BS in Biology
◈ At Ateneo de Manila University
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose Biology: In high school, I always had a love for Science. I didn't like Chemistry or Physics so I opted for Biology. And well, it was a pre-medical course.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently a 2nd year medical student at SLCM-WHQM. I didn't have a hard time getting into medical schools. Out of my 3 choices, I got accepted into 2.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, I'm using the Science skills I learned in Biology. It is impossible to understand Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology and Pharmacology without having a solid background in Science.

However, as Medicine is not just learning the Sciences, it is also an Art. I can say that the core curriculum of the Ateneo has prepared me for learning the Art of Medicine. Because you really have to have the passion to serve others if you want to survive in Medicine.

On a practical note because the Atenean curriculum is so diverse and holistic, I was less shocked at the amount of reading required in Medicine. During our undergraduate years, we were required to read a lot of Philosophy texts. And these were so long and sometimes not direct to the point. Having gone through that, I can read the required readings in Medicine because at least they're direct to the point.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Biology: If your passion is for the biological sciences then go ahead. I have some batchmates who decided to continue in research. It might not even be research because Biology is so diverse. And because of the rigorous process required, you can excel in any other field should you decide not to pursue an option related to Biology.

Career-wise, well let's just say Biology requires continuous learning so if you're not open to taking further studies then you're not going to progress in Biology.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you love studying about life then go for it. Don't go for BS Biology because it's a pre-medical course. Strictly speaking, anything can be a pre-medical course.
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