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BS in Chemistry in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BS Chem) is a four-year degree program that teaches students the conduct of standard laboratory procedures involved in chemistry and the use of chemical instrumentation in analytical and synthetic work. Important skills such as monitoring, observation, and measurement of chemical properties, systematic recording, and documentation are also included in its curriculum. Students will be knowledgeable about designing experiments and understand and identifying the limitations of every experimental approach.



Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Chemistry 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

  • General Chemistry
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Instrumental Methods of Analysis
  • Instrumental Methods of Analysis Laboratory
  • Chemistry Seminar
  • Chemistry Research

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 Chemistry are expected to be able to:

  • Show knowledge and mastery of the core areas of chemistry: inorganic, organic, physical, biological, and analytical
  • Collect data through standard laboratory tools using classical techniques
  • Create solutions for chemistry problems using current disciplinary and interdisciplinary principles
  • Abide with professional, social, and ethical responsibilities in the industry

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in pharmaceuticals, food and beverage companies, cosmetics companies, oil and petroleum companies, mineral companies, and chemical manufacturing companies, and clinical facilities.


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

To become a Licensed Chemist in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Chemistry needs to pass the Chemist Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Chemistry under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).



Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Chemistry may pursue a career path in pharmaceuticals, food and beverage companies, cosmetics companies, oil and petroleum companies, mineral companies, and chemical manufacturing companies, and clinical facilities. They may apply as a process chemist, industrial chemist, agricultural chemist, analytical chemist, clinical biochemist, cosmetic chemist, chemical analyst, or a chemistry teacher or professor.

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Reviews of BS in Chemistry graduates:

J. S.
◈ Studied BS Chemistry
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletWhy did I choose Chemistry: I am a Chemistry fan. The way it works fascinated me since I was a kid.

list bulletAbout my college education: We studied different branches of chemistry like analytical, physical, organic, biocemistry and industrial chemistry. We also have mathematics, biology and physics subjects. I have failed a lot of exams and a few subjects. I found organic chemistry difficult and physical chemistry relatively easy. GE subjects are really easy though. I liked Industrial Chem because it's field related and we have plant visits in different companies.

Taking Chemistry is tiring and your classes takes up a lot of time since most of your laboratory classes will be 6 hours. So if you have 3-4 laboratory classes in a semester, expect that your schedule will be jam-packed. I once experienced a semester where in during Tuesdays and Thursday my classes start by 7am and ends by 6pm, with no breaks in between. And then when it's exam week, exams will begin by 7pm. So I was so haggard that time.

Time management is one of the very important this to have, especially if you have a student organization to top it all with. I think having an inspiration also helps, as a source of motivation. I failed some subjects but my significant other has motivated me to keep on pushing and never surrendering.

list bulletMy current job: I am a chemist, in charge of testing different physical and chemical properties of our incoming raw materials for our product.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Very much. Since I am working as a chemist, laboratory theories and techniques are applicable here.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 8 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Chemistry: There are a lot of career opportunities for Chem grads. You can work as QA or in R&D, even supply chain. Chemistry can also be a pre-med or pre-law course.

Entry level salaries are slightly lower compared to, let's say, a chemical engineer. But as you move up the ladder, salary gets better. There is career growth and fulfillment here, so yes, definitely recommendable!

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Chemistry is a challenge, be ready. The battle won't be easy but the rewards are great.
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