Department of Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (4 years)

Curriculum Effective A.Y. 2015-2016

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The BSc Chemistry program at the University of Santo Tomas is a dynamic community rooted in academic rigor that pivots around the participation of faculty and students in active researches encompassing modern aspects of analytical, biological, inorganic, and organic chemistry. The vibrancy of research collaborations, supporting students in the realization of their academic and professional goals, is braced by over 14 faculty members engage in active researches and participate in wide- ranging collaborations extending throughout national and international universities and research institutes.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree is designed to prepare students for direct entry into the job market as professional chemists or do advanced degrees. The chemistry curriculum, which is comparable to that offered in major international universities, is a rigorous program consisting of a full spectrum of chemistry courses and supporting courses in biological sciences, mathematics and physics to augment their fundamental understanding of molecular structure to innovatively solve problems in order to improve the human condition globally.

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

— Demonstrate a strong foundation in understanding an expansive set of core knowledge on the fundamentals of the five basic disciplines of chemistry (i.e., organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biochemistry)

— Demonstrate deeper understanding of core concepts, methods and limits of scientific investigation and effectively communicate these to enhance disciplinary and cross disciplinary discourses

— Demonstrate critical thinking in analysing and interpreting data effectively from experiments and communicate results, within the confines of a socially and ethically responsible conduct

— Demonstrate awareness of chemical literature for global standards for conducting both classical and modern methods of chemical analysis and separation

— Demonstrate skills in collaborating effectively with team and making informed scientific conclusions and in applying scientific theories to practice across disciplines and across cultures

— Demonstrate commitment in the pursuit of emerging technologies in chemical information searches, data acquisition, processing and analysis, beyond the program requirement

First Year (2 Terms)

First Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites Category
CHEM 101 General Inorganic Chemistry I 3 0 3
CHEM 101L General Inorganic Chemistry I (Laboratory) 0 6 2
ENG 1 Introduction to College English 3 0 3
MATH 101 College Algebra 3 0 3
MATH 102 Trigonometry 3 0 3
PHIST Philippine History 3 0 3
PSY 1 General Psychology 3 0 3
RC Rizal Course 3 0 3
THY 1 Contextualized Salvation History 3 0 3
PE 1 Physical Education 2 0 2
ROTC Reserve Officers’ Training Corps 3 0 3
TOTAL 29 6 31

 

Second Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites Category
BIO 100 General Biology 2 0 2
BIO 100L General Biology (Laboratory) 0 3 1
CHEM 102 General Inorganic Chemistry II 3 0 3 CHEM 101, CHEM 101L
CHEM 102L General Inorganic Chemistry II (Laboratory) 0 6 2 CHEM 101, CHEM 101L
ENG 2 Reading and Thinking Skills for Academic Study 3 0 3 ENG 1
HUM 1 Art, Man, and Society 3 0 3
LIT 102A Philippine Literatures 3 0 3
MATH 108B Mathematical Analysis 3 0 3 MATH 101, MATH 102
SA Socio-Anthropology 3 0 3
THY 2 Church and Sacraments 3 0 3 THY 1
PE 2 Physical Education 2 0 2
ROTC Reserve Officers’ Training Corps 3 0 3
TOTAL 28 9 31
Second Year (2 Terms)

First Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites Category
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 3 0 3 CHEM 102, CHEM 102L
CHEM 201L Organic Chemistry I (Laboratory) 0 6 2 CHEM 102, CHEM 102L
ENG 3 Academic Writing Skills 3 0 3 ENG 1, ENG 2
MATH 109B Mathematical Analysis II 4 0 4 MATH 101, MATH 102, MATH 108B
MICR 201 General Microbiology with Industrial Applications 2 0 2 BIO 101, BIO 101L, CHEM 102, CHEM 102L
MICR 201L General Microbiology with Industrial Applications (Laboratory) 0 6 2 BIO 101, BIO 101L, CHEM 102, CHEM 102L
PHL 2 Logic 3 0 3
PHYS 103 Mechanics and Molecular Forces 3 0 3 MATH 101, MATH 102
PHYS 103L Mechanics and Molecular Forces (Laboratory) 0 3 1 MATH 101, MATH 102
PE 3 Physical Education 2 0 2
NSTP National Service Training Program 3 0 3
TOTAL 26 15 31

 

Second Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites Category
CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II 3 0 3 CHEM 201, CHEM 201L
CHEM 202L Organic Chemistry II (Laboratory) 0 6 2 CHEM 201, CHEM 201L
CHEM 301 Analytical Chemistry I 3 0 3 CHEM 102, CHEM 102L
CHEM 301L Analytical Chemistry I (Laboratory) 0 6 2 CHEM 102, CHEM 102L
ENG 4 Oral Communication in Context 3 0 3 ENG 1, ENG 2, ENG 3
MATH 110B Mathematical Analysis III 4 0 4 MATH 101, MATH 102, MATH 108B, MATH 109B
PHL 5 Christian Ethics 3 0 3 THY 1, THY 2
PHYS 203 Heat, Electricity, and Magnetism 3 0 3 PHYS 103, PHYS 103L
PHYS 203L Heat, Electricity, and Magnetism (Laboratory) 0 3 1 PHYS 103, PHYS 103L
PE 4 Physical Education 2 0 2
NSTP National Service Training Program 3 0 3
TOTAL 27 15 32

 

Third Year (2 Terms)

First Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
CHEM 206 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 0 3 CHEM 202, CHEM 202L
CHEM 302 Analytical Chemistry II 3 0 3 CHEM 301, CHEM 301L
CHEM 302L Analytical Chemistry II (Laboratory) 0 6 2 CHEM 301, CHEM 301L
CHEM 402 Physical Chemistry I 3 0 3 CHEM 202, CHEM 202L, CHEM 301, CHEM 301L, MATH 110B, PHYS 203, PHYS 203L
CHEM 601 General Biochemistry 3 0 3 CHEM 202, CHEM 202L
CHEM 601L General Biochemistry 0 6 2 CHEM 202, CHEM 202L
ETAR Economics with Taxation and Agrarian Reform 3 0 3
FL 1 Foreign Language 1 3 0 3
PHYS 208 Wave, Optics, and Modern Physics 3 0 3 PHYS 203, PHYS 203L
PHYS 208L Wave, Optics, and Modern Physics 0 3 1 PHYS203, PHYS 203L
TOTAL 21 15 26

 

Second Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
CHEM 103 Inorganic Chemistry 3 0 3 CHEM 102, CHEM 102L
CHEM 303 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 2 0 2 CHEM 302, CHEM 302L
CHEM 303L Advanced Analytical Chemistry (Laboratory) 0 6 2 CHEM 302, CHEM 302L
CHEM 307L Chemometrics (Laboratory) 0 3 1 CHEM 302, CHEM 302L
CHEM 403 Physical Chemistry II 3 0 3 CHEM 402
CHEM 403L Physical Chemistry II (Laboratory) 0 6 2 CHEM 402
CHEM 503 Professional Exposure, Jurisprudence, and Practicum 3 0 3 CHEM 202, CHEM 202L, CHEM 302, CHEM 302L
CHEM 602 Advanced Biochemistry 3 0 3 CHEM 601, CHEM 601L
CHEM 602L Advanced Biochemistry (Laboratory) 0 3 1 CHEM 601, CHEM 601L
THS 1 Thesis I 2 0 2 CHEM 302, CHEM 402, CHEM 402L, ENG 3
TOTAL 16 18 22

 

Fourth Year (2 Terms)

First Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
CHEM 104 Inorganic Chemistry II 3 0 3 CHEM 103, CHEM 403, CHEM 403L
CHEM 104L Inorganic Chemistry II (Laboratory) 0 3 1 CHEM 103, CHEM 403, CHEM 403L
CHEM 404 Physical Chemistry III 3 0 3 CHEM 403, CHEM 403L
CHEM 405L Computational Chemistry (Laboratory) 0 3 1 CHEM 403, CHEM 403L
PGC Philippine Government and Constitution 3 0 3
PHLSCI Philosophy of Science 3 0 3 PHL 2
SCL 3 The Social Teachings of the Church 3 0 3 THY 1, THY 2, PHL 5
THS 2 Thesis II 0 6 2
TOTAL 15 12 19

 

Second Term

Abbreviation Description Lec. Hrs. Lab. Hrs. Units Pre-Requisites
CHEM CORR Correlation Course 6 0 6 CHEM 104, CHEM 104L, CHEM 206, CHEM 303, CHEM 303L, CHEM 404, CHEM 405L, CHEM 602, CHEM 602L
SCL 9 Marriage and Family 3 0 3 THY 1, THY 2, PHL 5, SCL 3
THS 3 Thesis III 0 6 2 THS 2
TOTAL 9 6 11
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Vision

The Department of Chemistry envisions itself as a Center of Excellence that will continually:

  • nurture life-long learners committed to excellence in scholarship and research, and equipped with updated technological skills in chemistry and allied fields of studies;
  • play a major role in the generation of quality chemical research and development that will address local concerns and create global impact; and
  • share its resources in the upgrading of chemistry education and the chemical sciences as a whole, and in community development through S&T-based actions.

Mission

The Department of Chemistry has a three-fold mission:

  • to produce competent and ethical professionals;
  • to generate new knowledge through research;
  • to provide academic extension services.

Objectives

  1. To develop professional chemists who can serve competently in the academe, industry, and government and non-government organizations;
  2. To actively update the specialization of faculty members and venture into new research areas;
  3. To instill social awareness on the relevance of Chemistry through involvement in policy-making and issues related to Chemistry.

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Administration

ASSOC. PROF. MARIO A. TAN, PhDUST FACULTY Sci Chem - TAN Mario A (2014, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Associate Professor 2 / Associate Professorial Lecturer 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Chiba University – Japan)

Master of Science in Chemistry (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

 

Faculty Members

AGUINALDO, ALICIA M.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - AGUINALDO Alicia M (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Professor 3 / Professorial Lecturer 4

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)

Master of Science in Chemistry (Benemeritus) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

ALBANO, DHARMATOV RAHULA B.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - ALBANO Dharmatov Rahula B (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Associate Professor 2 / Assistant Professorial Lecturer 2

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (University of Hongkong – Pokfulam, Hongkong)

Master of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

ALFONSO, RAFAEL L.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - ALFONSO Rafael (2013, MA – 2×2 Gray)

Rank: Assistant Professor 2

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

ALIPAO, ARTHUR A.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - ALIPAO Arthur (2013, MA – 2×2 Gray)

Rank: Assistant Professor 1

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

BALITAAN, JOLLEEN NATALIE L.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - BALITAAN Jolleen Natalie (2016, MS - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Assistant Professor 4

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Certificate in Teaching (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

BERGANTIN, JOSE JR. H.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - BERGANTIN Jose Jr (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Professor 3 / Professorial Lecturer 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Science in Chemistry (Summa cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

BINAG, CHRISTINA A.ust-f-sci-chem-binag-christina-a-2016-phd-2x2-gray

Rank: Professor 3 / Professorial Lecturer 3

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (University of New South Wales – Sydney, Australia)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

BIÑAS, FRANCIS G.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - BIÑAS Francis (2013, MA – 2×2 Gray)

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Far Eastern University – Manila, Philippines)

DILAN, ERLINDA E.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - DILAN Erlinda (2013, MS – 2×2 Gray)

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

DILAN, RENE H.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - DILAN Rene (2013, MS – 2×2 Gray)

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (Summa cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

GARCIA, CARLOS P.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - GARCIA Carlos P (2013, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Professor 2 / Professorial Lecturer 2

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (Southern University of Illinois – Illinois – United States of America)

Master of Science in Chemistry (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

KALAW, JUSTINE M.

Rank: Instructor 3

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

LAYCO, RAMILO C.FACULTY - Layco Ramilo(2013, MA – 2×2 Gray)

Rank: Instructor 5

Degrees

Master in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

MACABEO, ALLAN PATRICK G.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - MACABEO Allan Patrick G (2016, Dr rer nat - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Professor 2 / Associate Professorial Lecturer 1

Degrees

Doctor of Science in Organic Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude) (Universitaet Regensburg – Germany)

Master of Science in Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

MENGUITO, CORAZON A.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - MENGUITO Corazon A (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Professor 1 / Associate Professorial Lecturer 2

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry (University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, Texas, United States of America)

Master of Science in Chemistry (Fordham University – New York, United States of America)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

NONATO, MARIBEL G.ust-f-sci-chem-nonato-maribel-g-2016-phd-2x2-gray

Rank: Professor 4 / Professorial Lecturer 3

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (University of Wollongong – New South Wales, Australia)

Master of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

PARULI, ERNESTO III E.ust-f-sci-chem-paruli-ernesto-iii-e-2016-ms-2x2-gray

Rank: Instructor 3

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Summa cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

RAMIREZ, FELICIDAD CHRISTINA R.faculty-ramirez-felicidad-christina2013-ma-2x2-gray

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

RAMOS, MA. CRISTINA R.

Rank: Professor 3 / Professorial Lecturer 2

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

SALCEDO, ALAN RODELLE M.ust-f-sci-chem-salcedo-alan-rodelle-m-2008-ms-2x2-gray

Rank: Assistant Professor 1

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

SANTIAGO, KAREN S.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - SANTIAGO Karen S (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Professor 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

SEVILLA, FORTUNATO III B.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - SEVILLA Fortunato III B (2015, Academician - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Professor Emeritus / Professor 3 / Professorial Lecturer 5

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Instrumentation and Analytical Science (Unviersity of Manchester – Institute of Science and Technology – United Kingdom)

Master of Science in Instrumentation and Analytical Science (University of Manchester – Institute of Science and Technology – Manchester, United Kingdom)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Summa cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

SIO, JOHN EDWARD L.

Rank: Instructor 3

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

TAN, JOYCE T.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - TAN Joyce T (2008, MS - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Associate Professor 2

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

TAN, MARIO A.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - TAN Mario A (2014, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Professor 2 / Associate Professorial Lecturer 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Chiba University – Chiba, Japan)

Master of Science in Chemistry (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

TONGOL, BERNARD JOHN V.ust-f-sci-chem-tongol-bernard-john-v-2016-phd-2x2-gray

Rank: Professor 3

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, major in Applied Chemistry (Tohoku University – Tohoku, Japan)

Master of Science in Chemistry (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

VILLAFLORES, OLIVER B.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - VILLAFLORES Oliver B (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Associate Professor 2 / Associate Professorial Lecturer 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (Ching Yuan Christian University – Taiwan, Republic of China)

Master of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

VILLARAZA, CECILIA M.UST FACULTY Sci Chem - VILLARAZA Ma Cecilia (2016, PhD - 2x2 Gray)

Rank: Associate Professor 1

Degrees

Master of Science in Chemistry (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Certificate in Teaching (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

 

History

The University of Santo Tomas was the first institution of higher learning in the Philippines to teach chemistry in its science courses. In 1924, the Faculty of Science offered specialized chemistry courses in General and Analytical Chemistry at the then College of Liberal Arts. A four-year B.S. in Chemistry program was introduced in 1931 to respond to the country’s need for more technical experts for which a government recognition was obtained in June 1934 and in July 1961, a B.S. in Industrial Technology was offered. A short-lived three-year course for chemical technicians was introduced in 1974, and then the five-year curriculum in the mid 1970’s was re- organized and condensed to a four-year program.

The Department now boasts of having the most doctorate degree holders in the College and a substantial number of modern chemical instruments. With this, the Chemistry Department has been the first unit in the University to be recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Center of Excellence (COE) in 1997. This recognition remains in force.