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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

Qualifications

  • 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:

M. C.
◈ Studied BS Biology
◈ At University of Santo Tomas
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Biology: I chose it for my preparatory course for Medical School, the doctors I talked to said that Biology is a great pre-med course.

list bulletAbout my college education: Generally about animals' life cycle, anatomy, physiology. The most difficult was probably physiology. The things I learned from anatomy, biostatistics, and chemistry are the subjects I used the most here in medical school. Passing the exams was definitely difficult, a lot of students failed and about 20% of our batch shifted to another course.

list bulletMy current job: None, I'm studying medicine.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Biology: Yes, there are a lot of opportunities especially abroad - research assistants, lab assistants.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Study really well and diligently. Time management is also important.
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