BS Biology

The BS Biology program is a 4-year degree program with 147 units. The program offers a learning experience that encompasses the theoretical, quantitative, and applied aspects of the biological sciences. The strong foundation courses, the intensive practical laboratory and field experiences, and elective courses prepare the students for careers in scientific research, medicine, education, policy-making, environmental management, and several related fields in the country and the world. The graduates of the program will acquire critical thinking, social accountability, ethical judgment, equity, and openness for continuing professional development.

The curriculum includes the conduct of undergraduate thesis which provides the students the opportunity to perform research work along with their chosen field of specialization under the guidance of their selected faculty adviser.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

At the end of the program, the students are expected to:

  1. Acquire solid theoretical background and laboratory skills for the fields of research, medicine, industry, and teaching biology;
  2. Develop intellectual capacity for scientific method in problem solving (Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Genetics, Ecology);
  3. Use of the scientific method to relate biological concepts with other fields of discipline in the natural or social sciences;
  4. Communicate the correct scientific information, ideas, problems, and solutions clearly either through speech or in writings to other scientists, decision makers, and the general public in scientific and popularized forms;
  5. Practice responsible work ethics in order to promote continued professional development for domestic and global opportunities;
  6. Promote good governance and decision making based on scientific and socially acceptable approaches actively;
  7. Utilize natural resources in the Philippines with emphasis on endemic and threatened organisms;
  8. Appreciate biological and cultural diversity in dealing with contemporary issues in biology
  9. Solve problems based on scientific processes to reach a sound decision;
  10. Create new knowledge, product, or patent emanating from the conduct of research; and
  11. Apply an evidence-based approach to uphold environmental justice and equity.
Core Courses (56 units) Qualified Electives (minimum of 15 units)
BIO 15 Fundamentals of Biology
BIO 21 Principles of Microbiology
BIO 30 Genetics
BIO 40 Intermediate Zoology
BIO 60 Intermediate Botany
BIO 100 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 106 Developmental Cell Biology
BIO 110 Principles of Ecology
BIO 141 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO 143 Animal Physiology
BIO 164 Morphology and Anatomy of Plants
BIO 165 Elementary Plant Physiology
BIO 170 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 171 Principles of Systematic Biology
NSM 192 Scientific Research Process in Biology
BIO 199 Undergraduate Seminar
BIO 103 Advanced Cell Biology
BIO 102 Cytology
BIO 111 Plant Ecology
BIO 112 Animal Ecology
BIO 114 Microbial Ecology
BIO 115 Introduction to Philippine Wildlife
BIO 122 Physiology of Microorganisms
BIO 127 Introduction to Virology
BIO 138 Molecular Genetics
BIO 144 Animal Histology
BIO 145 Introduction to Parasitology
BIO 146 Marine Zoology
BIO 147 General Entomology
BIO 168 Plant Tissue Culture
BIO 176 Environmental Management
BIO 177 Conservation Biology
BIO 180 Biological Microtechnique
Foundation Courses (31 units) GE Courses (33 units)
CHEM 21 General Chemistry I
CHEM 22 General Chemistry II
CHEM 31 Elementary Organic Chemistry
CHEM 160 Introductory Biochemistry
MATH 26 Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1
STAT 1 Elementary Statistics
STAT 162 Experimental Design I
PHYS 3 General Physics I
PHYS 13 General Physics II
ARTS 1 Critical Perspectives in the Arts
ETHICS 1 Ethics and Moral Reasoning for Everyday Life
KAS 1 Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas
MATH 10 Mathematics, Culture and Society
MIN STUD 1 Hitchhiker’s Guide to Mindanao
STS 1 Science, Technology and Society
COMM 10 Critical Perspectives in Communication
PHILARTS 1 Philippine Arts and Culture
SAS 1 Self and Society
SCIENCE 10 Probing the Physical World
SCIENCE 11 Living Systems: Concepts and Dynamics
WIKA 1 Wika, Kultura at Lipunan
PI 100 Life and Works of Rizal
Free Electives (6 units)
Students may take any two non-biology 3-unit courses offered by the University and from other CUs subject to approval of the program/thesis adviser. Other GE courses not prescribed in this program are all considered as elective.
Thesis (6 units)
BIO 200a Undergraduate Thesis I (proposal)
BIO 200b Undergraduate Thesis II (experimentation)
BIO 200c Undergraduate Thesis III (manuscript)


Alignment of the BS Biology Program with the University of the Philippines Mindanao Vision and Mission

BS Biology Prospectus