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BS in Marine Biology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology is a four-year program that provides students a clear understanding and knowledge of marine life and its ecosystem. It further discusses the concepts and theories of modern biological sciences, physical, and biological basis of aquatic life. The program also covers topics of the marine environment, the physical and chemical characteristics of the ocean. 

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in BS in Marine Biology 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

  • Coral Reefs
  • Elements of Research
  • Integrated Coastal/Marine Resource Management
  • Oceanography I and II
  • Marine Zoology I and II
  • Marine Botany
  • Marine Microbiology and Fungi
  • Marine Ecology
  • Systematics, Biodiversity, and Evolution

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 Marine Biology are expected to be able to:

  • Provide a wide and consistent understanding of the core areas of marine biology
  • Search, collect, evaluate, and use natural science-related information
  • Communicate the inter-relatedness of the processes in the ocean to overall human quality of life
  • Demonstrate knowledge of managing marine resources sustainably
  • Apply the knowledge and skills learned to respond to national issues and global concerns
  • Have the skills to contribute effectively in managing the tropical marine resources
  • Have the knowledge to promote sustainable utilization of marine resources

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in university research laboratories, government research laboratories, non-profit environmental advocacy organizations, or private companies.

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 Marine Biology 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 Marine Biology may pursue a career path in university research laboratories, government research laboratories, non-profit environmental advocacy organizations, or private companies. They may apply as a marine biologist, fishery biologist, biological technician, marine scientist, marine mammalogist, physical oceanographer, microbiologist, researcher or an academician.

Reviews of BS in Marine Biology graduates:

K. M.
◈ Studied BS in Marine Biology
◈ At Mindanao State University - Gensan
◈ Graduated 2015

list bulletWhy did I choose Marine Biology: I love everything about the ocean, specifically it's biodiversity and marine turtles!

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned a lot from the simplest biological theories up to the mind-breaking molecular language of science, just like a typical Biology major. But what makes the experience different, was we applied the learning to understand marine organisms–from the microscopic plankton to the gargantuan blue whales. But even though we're a Biology major, we actually have 4 chemistry, 2 physics, and 4 mathematics subjects. And these make the program difficult (because I'm not into numbers).

What's also unique about this degree is you have to spend more time in the seas doing fieldwork! You get to work with a small group and study a particular ecosystem (seagrass, mangroves, corals). You get to see turtles, dolphins, snakes, and other unusual animals that you can't find elsewhere. But we are not only limited in doing fieldworks, we are also trained in the laboratory conducting experiments on biodiscovery, biotechnology, etc.

The most useful thing I've learned was the realization that our oceans are worth protecting because of it's rich unparalleled diversity. It helped developed my passion and commitment to our seas, and this was my inspiration to finish the program with flying colors.

list bulletMy current job: Professionally, I work as a project-based Research Assistant in a Marine Foraging study of Arizona State University, USA in Sarangani Province, Philippines. I identify the marine resources that gleaners collected along the tidal flats and compute the caloric return rate of every gleaner. Since my work is flexitime, I can also give enough time to my advocacy work, which is marine conservation, mainly marine turtles.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: First, I learned to travel. Yes, a Marine Conservationist—who travels a lot for campaigns—needs to learn the ability of the marine turtles to navigate correctly.

Secondly, I learned to socialize. A field researcher, especially if the project is somehow anthropological in nature, needs to have an amicable aura and exemplary public relations.

Thirdly, I learned to be inquisitive. As a product of science, one should really have to learn to ask questions. :)

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Few weeks only.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Marine Biology: I highly recommend this course because there are less competition and more work opportunities. A Marine Biology graduate can be a:
- marine biologist, biologist, conservationist, etc.
- college instructor, Senior high teacher (with Education units), etc.
- researcher in a project, institute, etc.
- laboratory analyst, quality control inspector, etc.
- manager, coordinator in marine or environment related projects
- aquarist, diver, etc.
- science research specialist, scientific aid,
- environment consultation, etc.

You can work in a wide spectrum of environments such as: DENR, BFAR, DOST, Academic Institutes, Funded Projects, Environmental NGOs, Ocean Parks, Ocean Canning, Aquaculture Corp., Academe, Dive Shops, Natural Marine Parks, etc.

The salary depends on the type of job, level of position, institution and educational attainment (Bachelor, Master, or PhD)

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you want to enrol in this degree, you have to be passionate and committed—as these fuels your determination and hardwork. Marine Biology is difficult, if you don't feel connected with the seas. Some of those who took the course because of "good name" or "out of choice" ended up underemployed. There are actually few Universities in the Philippines that offers Marine Biology; and I believe, their products should be working in line with what they have learned in the program.
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