Bachelor of Science in Biology, major in Medical 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 Medical Biology curriculum provides a firm foundation in biology, with focus on human anatomy and physiology, histology and histopathology, medical microbiology, parasitology, and immunology.


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

Science Graduate Attributes

Graduate attributes are generic capabilities that ideally all graduates should possess by the end of their university learning experience, regardless of their field of specialization. These have been identified as being valued in a field of study, and are important considerations in the preparation of materials for learning and teaching.

A graduate of the College of Science is:

  • Committed to Thomasian values, and responsive to ethical, social and environmental concerns (Thomasian Values and Ethics)
  • Equipped with discipline-specific knowledge and research skills capable of solving problems in a logical, critical, and creative way (Scholarship and Research)
  • Capable of leading with confidence independently and collaboratively (Leadership and Teamwork)
  • Effective in oral and written communication (Communication Ability)
  • Competent and responsible in the use of information and information technology (Information Competency)
  • Prepared for life-long learning in pursuit of personal and professional development (Lifelong Learning)
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 its applications in the medical field
  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 medical biology prepares students for a career in the medical profession.

Common to the BS Biology Program

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


  • Medical doctor (upon completion of a medical degree)
  • Medical product specialist

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
BIO 421 General Botany 3 0 3
BIO 421L General Botany (Laboratory) 0 6 2
BIO 422 General Zoology 3 0 3
BIO 422L General Zoology (Laboratory) 0 6 2
FIL 1 Filipino 1 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
BIO 423 Systematics 3 0 3
BIO 423L Systematics (Laboratory) 0 6 2
BIO 424 Statistical Biology 2 3 3
CHEM 401 Chemical Biology 1 – Organic Molecules 3 0 3
CHEM 401L Chemical Biology 1 – Organic Molecules (Laboratory) 0 6 2
FIL 2 Filipino 2 3 0 3
NSTP 2 National Service Training Program 2 0 0 3
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
TOTAL 19 15 27


Second Year - 2 Terms

First Term 

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
BIO 425 Microbiology 3 0 3
BIO 425L Microbiology (Laboratory) 0 6 2
BIO 426 General Ecology 3 0 3
BIO 426L General Ecology (Laboratory) 0 6 2
CHEM 402 Chemical Biology 2 – Analytical Methods 2 0 2
CHEM 402L Chemical Biology 2 – Analytical Methods (Laboratory) 0 3 1
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
TOTAL 16 15 21


Second Term 

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


Third Year - 2 Terms

First Term 

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
CONTEM W The Contemporary World 3 0 3
LIWORIZ Life and Works of Rizal 3 0 3
SCI 408 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 0 3
SCI 408L Cell and Molecular Biology (Laboratory) 0 6 2
SCI 409 Biophysics 2 0 2
SCI 409L Biophysics (Laboratory) 0 6 2
SCITECHS Science, Technology, and Society 3 0 3
TOTAL 14 12 18


Second Term 

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
BIO 4210 Physiology 3 0 3
BIO 4210L Physiology (Laboratory) 0 6 2
BIO 4211 Developmental Biology 3 0 3
BIO 4211L Developmental Biology (Laboratory) 0 6 2
BIO 4121 Medical Parasitology 1 0 1
BIO 4121L Medical Parasitology (Laboratory) 0 3 1
SCI 403 Research 1 2 0 2
SCI 404 Practicum 0 9 3
SCI 4011 Biochemistry 2 3 0 3
TOTAL 12 24 20


Fourth Year - 2 Terms

First Term 

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
ART APP Art Appreciation 3 0 3
BIO 4122 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3 0 3
BIO 4122L Human Anatomy and Physiology (Laboratory) 0 6 2
BIO 4123 Histology and Histopathology 3 0 3
BIO 4123L Histology and Histopathology (Laboratory) 0 6 2
ELE 1 Professional Elective 1 3 0 3
SCI 405 Research 2 0 6 2
TOTAL 12 18 18


Second Term 

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
BIO 4124 Molecular Medicine 2 0 2
ELE 2 Professional Elective 2 3 0 3
ETHICS Ethics 3 0 3
GE ELEC I Elective I 3 0 3
SCI 406 Research 3 0 6 2
SCI 4010 Immunology 3 0 3
SCI 4012 Medical Microbiology 3 0 3
SCI 4012L Medical Microbiology (Laboratory) 0 6 2
TOTAL 17 12 21


Free Electives
  • Science Communication
  • Biology Education
  • Business Medicine
  • Forensics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Allergology

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