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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:

A. F.
◈ Studied BS Chemistry
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Chemistry: I love Science. And there are so many things to explore in the field of chemistry. During my high school years, I really wanted to become a scientist.

list bulletAbout my college education: Chemistry is very complicated. It has so many branches. And as if it wasn't enough, you still have to study mathematics, biology and physics. We were also required to take GE subjects like Philosophy, English, Speech Communication, History and the likes. By being in UP, you will surely have broad chest of knowledge. All of which, might come in handy when you enter the real world as a professional.

There are subjects that are difficult and inevitably, you may fail in some of the exams or subjects. But in order to succeed, you must be able to bounce back after each failures. And always do better than the last.

list bulletMy current job: Laboratory Technician. I test using gas chromatography, HPLC and spectrophotometry.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The laboratory techniques and organic chemistry concepts as well as analytic chemistry are very helpful in my current job.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 7 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Chemistry: I recommend BS Chemistry as there are a lot of job choices available. The starting salary depends on the company, but it is not really difficult to find one that can give you a good pay, especially if your are licensed and a UP graduate.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Know your priorities. Studying Chemistry is not easy. But you do not have to burn yourself up. You can still have fun. Go out, meet great people, join organizations, develop some hobbies. But make sure that you know your core purpose why you enter college, and that is to learn and get a degree.
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