Bachelor of Science in Biology, major in Industrial Biology (4 years)



Bachelor of Science in Biology is a four-year program that provides its students the opportunity to integrate, interpret, and translate biological phenomena through scientific observations and environmental observations, and use this information to make meaningful decisions, with emphasis on its applications in the environment, medical field, and the industry.

The BS Biology program has three majors / specializations: (1) Medical Biology, (2) Industrial Biology, and (3) Environmental Biology.

The Industrial Biology curriculum provides a firm background in biology with emphasis on various molecular approaches in understanding biological phenomena, of culturing organisms for various industrial, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological uses, and of applying these in agriculture, industry, and the environment.



Thomasian Graduate Attributes


The University of Santo Tomas, in pursuit of truth, guided by reason and illumined by faith, dedicates herself to the generation, advancement and transmission of knowledge to form competent and compassionate professionals committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.

I am a Thomasian. I carry the SEAL of Thomasian education. I am a Servant leader, an Effective communicator and collaborator, an Analytical and creative thinker, and a Lifelong learner. With Christ at the center of my formation as a Thomasian, I am expected to demonstrate the following Thomasian Graduate Attributes (ThoGAs):


— Show leadership abilities to promote advocacies for life, freedom, justice, and solidarity in the service of the family, the local and global communities, the Church and the environment.

— Implement relevant projects and activities that speak of Christian compassion to the poor and the marginalized in order to raise their quality of life

— Show respect for the human person, regardless of race, religion, age, and gender


— Express myself clearly, correctly, and confidently in various environments, contexts, and technologies of human interaction

— Work productively with individuals or groups from diverse cultures and demographics

— Show profound respect for individual differences and/or uniqueness as members of God’s creation


— Show judiciousness and resourcefulness in making personal and professional decisions

— Engage in research undertakings that respond to societal issues

— Express personal and professional insights through an ethical and evidence-based approach


— Engage in reflective practice to ensure disciplinal relevance and professional development

— Exhibit preparedness and interest for continuous upgrading of competencies required by the profession or area of specialization

— Manifest fidelity to the teachings of Christ, mediated by the Catholic Church, in the continuous deepening of faith and spirituality in dealing with new life situations and challenges

Program Intended Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts in the biological sciences and related fields of study, particularly in applications to the demands of the industry
  2. Apply basic knowledge in biology and utilize safe and responsible techniques and procedures to identify and solve problems related to the life sciences using current disciplinary and interdisciplinary principles
  3. Apply basic mathematical and statistical computations and use of appropriate technologies in the analysis and interpretation of biological data
  4. Extend knowledge and critically evaluate current views and theories in various areas of the biological sciences
  5. Appreciate the limitations and implications of the sciences in everyday life through the use of knowledge and research to an inquiry-based practice in the field of biology
  6. Engage in life-centered advocacies that promote social responsibility, preservation of the Filipino culture and heritage, data integrity and privacy, life-long learning, professional and ethical conduct, and Christian moral values
  7. Communicate effectively and accurately biological concepts and research outputs, and articulate the latest trends and developments in the biological sciences through written and oral methods, using both the English and Filipino languages
  8. Work efficiently and effectively in individual and group-oriented activities in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams
  9. Develop critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills to help resolve or solve critical biological issues and problems of national and global significance
  10. Demonstrate the ability to qualify for graduate study and/or for entry-level professional employment in general workplace

Becoming Part of the Program

Application Period: July to December of each year

Application Website

Release of Results: January 28 of the following year


Go to THIS PAGE and look for the “College of Science” tab for the tuition fees.

Welcome Messages for A.Y. 2020-2021

Dear Freshmen Thomasian Scientists,

I would like to extend my warmest virtual welcome to the UST College of Science to all of you!

Never in recent history has science played such a visible role in society. This highlights the country’s need for more scientists to continue the task of discovering and understanding the world we live in, and in innovating technologies and processes to solve humanity’s most pressing concerns. Thomasian scientists have always played a significant role in charting the scientific progress of this country. By choosing the UST College of Science, you have already shown a desire to be part of this country’s scientific workforce. Our motto in the College of Science is “Galing Science, Galing Science!”. This speaks of our desire to instill excellence among our students, which we hope you will all embody by the time you earn your degrees.

This is a truly unprecedented start to Academic Year 2020-2021 for all of us. Rest assured that the College of Science is one with the entire UST community in ensuring that learning will take place for our students despite these challenging circumstances. The learning management system of the university, dubbed the UST Cloud Campus, which has been in place for more than a decade now, is ready to provide the main platform for the efficient delivery of instruction. However, given the distinct challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our faculty are continuously innovating to meet the demands of this uncharted territory in higher education. We will also strive to provide adequate laboratory instruction, which is central to the sciences, despite the limitations set forth by physical distancing and public health regulations.

We hope to develop a strong partnership with you, our dear students, your parents, guardians, benefactors and families, in order to ensure that you get the quality Thomasian science education you sought to have by enrolling in our college.

We all pray that in due time, we can continue to deliver the quality Thomasian science education you deserve under more normal circumstances.

Prof. Rey Donne S. Papa, PhD


In this extraordinary time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of Faith and Science becomes greatly underscored in our life. Welcoming you to the University of Santo Tomás, therefore, does not only bring joy but hope for the people of God whom you will be serving.

In the face of physical, economic, psychological, and spiritual predicaments, we must be undeterred to pursue the Veritas (Truth) through our academic endeavors per scientiam ad Dominum (through Science towards the Lord) as inspired by our patron St. Albert the Great, and his illustrious disciple, St. Thomas Aquinas, who said: “Just as it is better to illuminate than merely to shine, so to pass on what one has contemplated is better than merely to contemplate” (cf. S.Th. II-II q. 188 a. 6.).

Through Faith and Science, we keep on finding courage in the midst of life’s hardship. When life is difficult, all the more that we need to be full of life. The harder the blow, the harder we hope. Illuminate others than merely shine. Share the fruits of your studies, than merely contemplate. Don’t be discouraged over closed doors; look for the back door and even the open windows. Don’t just focus on what we’ve lost; look also for what we’ve received. Welcome to the UST College of Science.

Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, O.P., HEL


Career Opportunities

A degree in industrial biology will be useful for budding entrepreneurs who may want to start their own businesses anchored on the utilization of biotechnology.

A. Program

  • Research scientist (research institutions / government / academe)
  • Science educator (upon completion of a Masters and / Doctorate degree)

B. Major-specific

  • Member of research and development divisions of biotechnology-based firms
  • Science Product Specialist
  • Bio-entrepreneur


Program Curriculum (New)

Effectivity: A.Y. 2018-2019

There may be minor changes upon the availability of new guidelines.

Program Schedule
Year First Term (August – December) Second Term (January – May) Special Term (June – July)
1 / / none
2 / / none
3 / / none
4 / / none
First Year - 2 Terms

First Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
BIO 421 General Botany 3 0 3 BIO 421L
BIO 421L General Botany Laboratory 0 6 2 BIO 421
BIO 422 General Zoology 3 0 3 BIO 422L
BIO 422L General Zoology Laboratory 0 6 2 BIO 422
FIL 1 Kontekstuwalisadong Komunikasyon sa Filipino 3 0 3
MATH_MW Mathematics in the Modern World 3 0 3
NSTP 1 National Service Training Program 1 0 0 3
PE 1 PATH-PE 1 2 0 2
THY 1 Christian Vision of the Human Person 3 0 3
UND_SELF Understanding the Self 3 0 3
TOTAL 20 12 27


Second Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
BIO 423 Systematics 3 0 3 BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L
BIO 423L Systematics Laboratory 0 6 2 BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L
BIO 424 Statistical Biology 2 3 3
CHEM 401 Chemical Biology – Organic Molecules 3 0 3 CHEM 401L
CHEM 401L Chemical Biology – Organic Molecules Laboratory 0 6 2 CHEM 401
FIL 2 Panimulang Pagsasalin 3 0 3 FIL 1
NSTP 2 National Service Training Program 2 0 0 3 NSTP 1
PE 2 PATH-PE 2 2 0 2
PURPCOM Purposive Communication 3 0 3
THY 2 Christian Vision of Marriage and Family 3 0 3 THY 1
TOTAL 19 15 27
Second Year - 2 Terms

First Term 

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
BIO 425 Microbiology 3 0 3 BIO 425L
BIO 425L Microbiology (Laboratory) 0 6 2 BIO 425
BIO 426 General Ecology 3 0 3 BIO 424 BIO 426L
BIO 426L General Ecology (Laboratory) 0 6 2 BIO 424 BIO 426
CHEM 402 Chemical Biology 2 – Analytical Methods 2 0 2 CHEM 402L
CHEM 402L Chemical Biology 2 – Analytical Methods (Laboratory) 0 3 1 CHEM 402
PE 3 PATH-PE 3 2 0 2
READ PH Readings in Philippine History 3 0 3
THY 3 Christian Vision of the Church in Society 3 0 3 THY 1,
TOTAL 16 15 21


Second Term 

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
BIO 427 Evolutionary Biology 3 0 3 BIO 423,
BIO 423L
BIO 427L
BIO 427L Evolutionary Biology (Laboratory) 0 6 2 BIO 423,
BIO 423L
BIO 427
BIO 428 Genetics 3 0 3 BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L,
BIO 425,
BIO 425L
BIO 428L Genetics (Laboratory) 0 6 2 BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L,
BIO 425,
BIO 425L
BIO 428
CHEM 403 Chemical Biology 3 – Biomolecules 3 0 3 CHEM 403L
CHEM 403L Chemical Biology 3 – Biomolecules (Laboratory) 0 6 2 CHEM 403
LIT 1 The Great Works 3 0 3
PE 4 PATH-PE 4 2 0 2
THY 4 Living the Christian Vision in the Contemporary World 3 0 3 THY 1,
THY 2,
TOTAL 17 18 23


Third Year - 2 Terms

First Term 

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
BIO 4212 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 0 3 BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L,
BIO 425,
BIO 425L,
CHEM 403,
BIO 4212L
BIO 4212L Cell and Molecular Biology (Laboratory) 0 6 2 BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L,
BIO 425,
BIO 425L,
CHEM 403,
BIO 4212
CONTEM_W The Contemporary World 3 0 3
LIWORIZ Life and Works of Rizal 3 0 3
SCI 409 Biophysics 2 0 2 SCI 409L
SCI 409L Biophysics (Laboratory) 0 6 2 SCI 409
STS Science, Technology, and Society 3 0 3
TOTAL 14 12 18


Second Term 

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
BIO 4131 Plant and Animal Tissue Culture 3 0 3 BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L
BIO 4131L
BIO 4131L Plant and Animal Tissue Culture (Laboratory) 0 6 2 BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L
BIO 425,
BIO 425L
BIO 4131
BIO 4210 Physiology 3 0 3 BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L,
CHEM 403,
CHEM 403L,
SCI 409,
SCI 409L
BIO 4210L
BIO 4210L Physiology (Laboratory) 0 6 2 BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L,
CHEM 403,
CHEM 403L,
SCI 409,
SCI 409L
BIO 4210
BIO 4211 Developmental Biology 3 0 3 BIO 427,
BIO 427L,
BIO 428,
BIO 428L
BIO 4211L Developmental Biology (Laboratory) 0 6 2 BIO 427,
BIO 427L,
BIO 428,
BIO 428L
BIO 4211
SCI 403 Research 1 2 0 2 BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L,
BIO 425,
BIO 425L
SCI 404 Practicum 0 9 3 BIO 4131,
BIO 4131L,
BIO 4210,
BIO 4210L,
BIO 4211,
BIO 4211L,
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L,
FIL 1,
FIL 2,
LIT 1,
SCI 403,
SCI 409,
SCI 409L,
TOTAL 11 27 20
Fourth Year - 2 Terms

First Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
ART_APP Art Appreciation 3 0 3
BIO 4132 Industrial Biotechnology 3 0 3 BIO 4211,
BIO 4211L,
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L
BIO 4132L
BIO 4132L Industrial Biotechnology (Laboratory) 0 6 2 BIO 4211,
BIO 4211L,
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L
BIO 4132
BIO 4133 Current Techniques in Industrial Biology 3 0 3 BIO 4211,
BIO 4211L,
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L
BIO 4133L
BIO 4133L Current Techniques in Industrial Biology (Laboratory) 0 6 2 BIO 4211,
BIO 4211L,
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L
BIO 4133
ELE 1 Professional Elective 1 3 0 3
SCI 405 Research 2 0 6 2 SCI 403
TOTAL 12 18 18


Second Term 

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
BIO 4134 Genomics and Proteomics 3 0 3 BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L,
BIO 428,
BIO 428L
BIO 4134L
BIO 4134L Genomics and Proteomics  (Laboratory) 0 6 2 BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L,
BIO 428,
BIO 428L
BIO 4134
BIO 4135 Bioinformatics 3 0 3 BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L,
BIO 428,
BIO 428L
BIO 4214 Immunology 3 0 3 BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L
ELE 2 Professional Elective 2 3 0 3
ETHICS Ethics 3 0 3
GE ELE I Elective I 3 0 3
SCI 406 Research 3 0 6 2 SCI 405
TOTAL 18 12 22


Free Electives
  • Science Communication
  • Biology Education
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Bioentrepreneurship
  • Pharmaceutical Biology

Program Policies

Final Grades and Grading Periods
  • The work of the students shall be graded at the end of each term in accordance with the 5-point numerical grading system.

  • A student’s performance is evaluated in two grading periods: Prelims and Finals.
  • A student’s final grade is based on the average of his/her raw grade computed from two (2) grading periods:

( + )/2

Transmutation of Raw Grades into Final Grades

The average raw grade is transmuted to the 5-point grade equivalent. A sample matrix of computation based on 60-raw grade passing mark is shown:

Lecture and Laboratory Courses

Lecture and their corresponding laboratory courses are known as Co-Requisites.

Lecture Courses

For most technical courses, the passing raw grade is 60.

Class Standing 60%
Preliminary / Final Exams 30%
Course Inquiry Project (CIP) 10%

Course Inquiry Project

  • CIP is a group project that showcases the integration of students’ learning in a particular course. Possible forms are: 1) infographics, brochures, poster, capstone research, and problem sets, among others.


Laboratory Courses

Class Standing 70%
Preliminary / Final Exams 30%
Retention Policies
  • Students who do not show satisfactory performance in their academic undertaking shall be debarred from the college.
  • Those with academic deficiencies of 8 units or less will be classified as Probationary. Students will be allowed to enroll the following term but only in subjects authorized by the Dean’s representatives
  • Those with academic deficiencies of 8 units or less will be classified as Not to be Readmitted (NBTR). Except for those in the first year and fourth year, students under this classification will not be readmitted in the following term.
Regular vs. Irregular Student Status

Regular: No deficiencies and taking the regular load

Irregular: With back subjects and/or with uncleared deficiencies (5.0, WF, FA, INC)

Academic Advising Policies
  • Students, as a general rule, should carry the academic load prescribed by the Dean or Dean’s representative.
  • Only graduating students are entitled to carry an overload.
  • Only graduating students are allowed to waive pre-requisites.
Student Welfare and Development

The College of Science is the second home to her students. The college looks after not only the students’ academic progress but also their personal development and well-being.

The following are certain policies and guidelines on student welfare and development set by the College of Science and the Office for Student Affairs.

Indicators of Good Behavior

Based on PPS No. 1027: Code of Conduct

The University of Santo Tomas is the second home of the Thomasian students. Its task is mainly to form and improve the students’ character, attitude and moral values, as well as to develop their intellectual, physical and psychological fitness. A proper norm of conduct is designed to inculcate these ideals.

  • Thomasian core values of competence, compassion, and commitment
  • Honesty
  • Courtesy
  • Diligence
  • Good Grooming
  • Decency and Modesty in Action
  • Maintenance of Peace and Order
  • Camaraderie
  • Care for the Environment
Counseling and Career Services

The University, through its Counseling and Career Center, aim to help learners achieve holistic student development and success.

Counseling and Case Management

  • facilitates academic achievement, personal growth, and social development

Career Services

  • empowers students in making informed career decisions and in developing career competencies needed in the world of work
  • assists in placement fit and in building industry partnerships for students’ career success
Student Organizations
  • The students shall join or form only student organizations whose objectives uphold the vision and mission of the University.
  • Students shall join only organizations duly recognized by the University.
  • The list of local student organizations of the College of Science can be found here.
Levels of Disciplinary Actions

Imposition of disciplinary action is progressive. As such, the following list shows the levels of disciplinary action.

  • Reprimand: Shall serve as a warning that any future violation of this Code shall be a ground for the imposition of a more severe penalty.
  • Suspension: Student is denied or deprived of attendance in classes for a specified period of time
  • Non-readmission: A penalty in which the student is denied admission or enrollment for the subsequent school terms.
  • Exclusion: Dropping from the roll of qualified students in the university
  • Expulsion: Student is excluded from admission to any public or private school in the Philippines.

Offenses punishable by non-readmission, exclusion, or expulsion

  • Dishonesty
  • Hazing
  • Possession of deadly weapons
  • Immorality
  • Using, possessing, and selling of prohibited drugs
  • Drunkenness
  • Vandalism
  • Arson or destruction of University property
  • Blackmail or other forms of extortion