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BS in Environmental Science in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science is a four-year program that deals with environmental processes and phenomena, natural resources management, and the human population. It equips students with knowledge in the scientific theories and techniques needed to monitor and understand the environment. The program is a combination of biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, ecology, and mathematics; it helps students understand the disciplines and integrate them into the analysis of environmental issues.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Environmental Science 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 Biology
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • General Chemistry
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Management

Admission Requirements


  • 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 Environmental Science are expected to be able to:

  • Articulate the latest developments in their specific field of practice
  • Work effectively and independently in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams
  • Demonstrate professional, social, and ethical responsibility, especially in practicing intellectual property rights and sustainable development
  • Work to regulate, decrease, and prevent air, water, and land pollution
  • Conduct research to identify and uncover the cause of air, land, and water pollutants
  • Create plans and proposals to eliminate pollution, taking into account the economic needs of a city and its workers
  • Specialize in land conservation, hazardous or toxic waste removal and disposal, groundwater contamination, acid rain, or wildlife preservation
  • Prepare reports using data and create summaries, charts, and test results
  • Write reports describing the effects of pollution to assist with compliance regulations

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in environmental government agencies, government organizations, and private institutions.

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 Environmental Science 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 Environmental Science may pursue a career path in environmental government agencies, government organizations, and private institutions. They may apply as an environmental officer, pollution control officer, recycling officer, or a waste management officer.

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Reviews of BS in Environmental Science graduates:

list bulletWhy did I choose Environmental Science: The politician of the town I were living sponsor me a scholar for this course. I received 5k on the every end of sem. He promised to hire me to work at the office. I also had another scholar and I received 3k monthly.

list bulletAbout my college education: BSES was difficult but the professors was considering to there students. The subjects of my course were many, but the professors giving alternative tasks like making garden and composting fertilizers.

The very difficult subject was the solid waste and environmental impact assessment but the professor gives way to us instead by composting vermicast worms.

The most useful things I learned was the planting vegetables like pechay and okra in the garden because you grow healthy foods to eat.

During exams in my school the professors allowed the students to take home finals or open notes so that we get high grades and got passing. I am graduate with a GPA of 1.51 very high grade. I was a Deans Lister when studying BSES.

list bulletMy current job: I am now working to other institution as a research assistance. I survey the people house to house and encoding papers. I also print invitation to programs.
I was also working as secretary in admin office.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Sometimes I garden in school also to help. I plant okra, tomatoes, and pechay. I apply also the lesson to my subject in Research and Thesis I learned on survey and gardening. I work as assistance researcher to office so they teaching us to be pragmatic. The professors also teaching me to not serious every lessons because the BSES course is practical so we always field and not discuss in class.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 2 months.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Environmental Science: BSES course is in demand in the Philippines because the students was few and go to other courses. Many opportunities like being masterholder or you can work in the DENR and CENRO.
My salary is 15k.
I can maybe promote someday to be masterholder and teach as alumni to my Alma Mater.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Be responsible always. Be obedience to your professors and the dean of school. Observe campus rules and do not late specially project. Give respect to the school officials. I encourage the coming first year to enroll in our school because it's the center of excellence specially fisheries.
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