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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. N.
◈ Studied BS Chemistry
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Chemistry: Back in highschool, I used to love Chemistry as I was really amazed with all those theories and it's practical application in real life. I was so curious to broaden my knowledge in this elusive field.

list bulletAbout my college education: Studying BS Chemistry has been such a whirlwind for me. The first few fundamental courses during my first year were relatively easy and I can breeze through everything without even having to put that much of an effort. However, as the Chem course code suffix increases, so does the mortality rate of the students taking the subject. Basically, Chem16 and Chem17 (General Chemistry) was easy for me, but come Chem120 (Analytical Chemistry), it was such a horror. I had to take the course twice. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed studying Chemistry because it was still fun and challenging for me.

Therefore, in order to succeed in this course, you need to have good analytical skills, self discipline, time management and focus. Having a support group (like your blockmates or orgmates or housemates) will also make studying a lot less stressful. It is really fun studying with friends.

list bulletMy current job: I work as a Research and Development specialist in a manufacturing firm. I am assigned to develop new products that can be possibly be marketable.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The theories I studied in college, most of it I already forgot after the board exam. What is really important in the industry is the skills you have acquired and developed throughout your stay in the university.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Imagine my surprise and my excitement when I was offered a job 3 weeks after graduation. I haven't even taken the licensure exam yet. This is one of the many perks of studying in a school like UPLB and moreover, studying a hardcore program like chemistry.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Chemistry: There are a lot of career opportunities readily available for Chemistry graduates. In addition, the competition for the job is relatively low compared to other degree programs with so many graduates. You can definitely have a wonderful career growth and high paying jobs as a Chemistry graduate.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: One should be able to find his/her passion before enrolling in any degree program. Chemistry is not going to be easy, and if you lack passion for this particular field, then it will be blurry future for you. But still, if you really want to pursue Chemistry, you need a lot of hard work and focus. You should not be discouraged by any failures that you may encounter. Just keep on moving forward! Good Luck!
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