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BS in Zoology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Zoology is a four-year program that provides a strong foundation in cell and developmental biology, marine and freshwater biology, ecology, evolution, fisheries, and neurobiology. The program also includes topics in biochemistry, anatomy, microbiology, physiology, and statistics.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Zoology 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

  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences

  • Basic Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology

  • Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology

  • Ecology and Environmental Science

  • Animal Systematics and Evolution

  • History and Philosophy of Biology

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

  • Comparative Animal Physiology

  • Freshwater Biology

  • Population Biology

  • General Genetics

  • Animal Physiology

  • Animal Behaviour

  • Ecology


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 Zoology  are expected to be able to:

  • Provide a wide and consistent understanding of the key fields of physical and natural sciences
  • Use the scientific method to apply critical and problem-solving skills
  • Interpret relevant scientific data and make judgments that include a reflection on relevant scientific and ethical issues
  • Communicate orally and in writing the  information, ideas, problems, and solutions to other scientists and the public
  • Relate science and mathematics to other disciplines
  • Perform safe and responsible procedures in laboratory or  field practices

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in zoos, wildlife centers, wildlife parks, or aquariums. 

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 Zoology 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 Zoology may pursue a career path in zoos, wildlife centers, wildlife parks, or aquariums. They may apply as a zoologist, zookeeper, wildlife rehabilitator, wildlife educator, research scientist, ecologist, or an environmental consultant.

Reviews of BS in Zoology graduates:

A. J.
◈ Studied BS in Zoology
◈ At Mindanao State University - Main Campus
◈ Graduated 2003

list bulletAbout my college education: It was interesting as well as challenging. I enjoyed my course. A lot of skills were required like Math skills, hard work for all the experiments, social skills - you have to be a friend, logical because the subjects require more on problem solving.

list bulletMy current job: Online job

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, I learned a lot from college and still using it today. Still using mathematical skills, logical skills, reasoning, etc.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After a year.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Zoology: Yes, this course is for medicine.
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