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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:

K. J.
◈ Studied BS in Biology
◈ At Central Mindanao University
◈ Graduated 2003

list bulletAbout my college education: I took up BS Biology since I find it interesting and it is indeed a good preparatory course for medicine since I was planning that time to take up after graduation. Honestly, this course needs more focus and lots of memorization. Biology is a science which studies life, its origin, growth, development, structure and taxonomy. I do not have a major in my Biology class, so for my four years of studying this course, I have tackled and studied the subdivisions and topics of biology. I finished my bachelors degree with seriousness and fun. I did lots of laboratory works, most of my time I spent in laboratory with my microscope and doing dissections. Most of my specimens cannot be seen with our own naked eyes that is why electric and advanced type of microscope was used during my studies. The difficulty started when I entered second year, grades were being monitored because my school, particularly BS Biology, is CHED's center of development. Most of my major subjects were being loaded for that semester together with my chemistry and physics. Long and moving examinations were given by my professors. They were very strict and it helped me. They will not allow there students to cheat and the seating arrangement is always 1 to 2 seats apart with test A and test B system. I had hard time in memorizing scientific names for both plants and animals but I need to do it in order for me not to fail and be kicked out from the state university. I had produced a thesis book when I was in my 4th year. It is all about tilapia (fresh water fish). I conducted my study in a lake far from my university, all by myself. I need to ride a single motorcycle just to be in that place. I kept on praying during my sampling period that I will be able to come home safe and sound without delay. After many weeks of study in that lake I came up with a research paper and defended it in front of a panel of judges, I made a book and that was my final requirement for my course. Though it was difficult but there were brighter sides taking up biology. You will be able to travel to many different places as a field trip and will conduct studies by group. It made us closer together and until now my classmates and I still keep in touch and I will not forget the memories we had over that four years.

list bulletMy current job: I am working as a licensed nurse since I was not able to proceed medicine after my graduation due to financial constraints.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, because my professors taught me to stand on my own and not to cheat. That in the real world you will apply and work by yourself with pride and discipline.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After my graduation, my father offered me to proceed in studying BS Nursing since we were on financial crisis that time. They cannot afford me to study medicine because it is a very expensive course and it is worth a million to finish that not to include the specialization and internships. Since I am the eldest I gave way and let my other siblings study and grabbed the chance to proceed nursing after I graduated.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Biology: I will go straight to the point, if your family on the first place will guarantee you that they can support and finance you to proceed in medical school I can recommend to study BS Biology but on the contrary I suggest students who are high school graduates to take course that can let them apply and work abroad.
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