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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:

M. K.
◈ Studied BS in Chemistry
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Chemistry: My high school chemistry teacher inspired me. Aside from my cool teacher, I really love science. I said to myself way back, I want to become a researcher and be of help to humanity.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned how to deal with the challenges I meet everyday. I became resourceful and independent. I also think more critically and influence others to be the same.

For me the most difficult was organic chemistry. I die at every synthesis problem and was only revived after the exam results.

Many block-mates shift to other courses. I believe Chemistry is not an easy course but after finishing it, I feel really fulfilled. The best things are those you really worked hard for.

list bulletMy current job: I am now a quality control analyst at a petrochemical company at Batangas City.
I get a say if the produced polyethylene/polypropylene pellets (the ones used for making plasticated materials) will be a prime grade, a near-prime, or even a black spec which is sold in lesser value. I analyze the pellet's properties like melt flow (measure of the polymer's viscosity), density, etc.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes! Not only the knowledge but also the virtues. Those things I learned in dealing with different kinds of people. How the school where you graduated is really not a big deal. At work, all become equals because you all need to keep your feet off the ground to maintain a peaceful workplace.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: A month.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Chemistry: There are many opportunities for Chemistry graduates today! Chemist are really in demand because there is a rise of industrialization.

Salary is really good and a fresh grad would expect a starting salary not less 20,000. An experienced employee could earn 35,000 and above and if you are lucky enough, you can earn 6 digits :)

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: I want to say that it is really an exciting course! You learn how you get a bad breath when you don't eat, why elemental carbon exists as either diamond or graphite, and what happens to electrons when you use your gadgets and these things you get to know at the molecular level! Isn't it cool and amazing?

You just really need to have a couple of good study habits, a bountiful of prayers, and a gazillion worth of patience.
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