Bachelor of Science major in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (4 years)

Bachelor of Science major in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (4 years)

Description

  

Identity​

Becoming Part of the Program

Identity​

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): 

SERVANT LEADER 

  • 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. 

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR AND COLLABORATOR 

  • Express oneself 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. 

ANALYTICAL AND CREATIVE THINKER 

  • 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. 

LIFELONG LEARNER 

  • Engage in reflective practice to ensure disciplinal excellence 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

Application Period: August to November of each year

Application Website

Release of Results: Second Quarter of the following year

Fees

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

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

  

  

Student Experience and Support

Student Experience and Support

  

The University of Santo Tomas provides student services that cater to academic, spiritual, and wellness concerns of students. These support units are found in the different parts of the campus and can be accessed by Thomasians. When the University shifted to distance learning, the services also transitioned to online services to continue addressing the needs of Thomasians.

Program Curriculum (New)​

Program Curriculum (New)​

Effectivity: A.Y. 2023-2024

This curriculum may have some 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
Lecture
Laboratory
Units
Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
BIO 421
General Botany
3
0
3
 
 
BIO 421L
General Botany Laboratory
0
2
2
 
 
BIO 422
General Zoology
3
0
3
 
 
BIO 422L
General Zoology Laboratory
0
2
2
 
 
FIL 
Panimulang Pagsasalin
3
0
3
   
NSTP 1
National Service Training Program 1
0
3
3
   
PATH-FIT 1
Physical Activities Toward Health and Fitness 1: 
Movement Competency Training
2
0
2
   
THY 1
Christian Vision of the Human Person
3
0
3
   
UND_SELF
Understanding the Self
3
0
3
   
TOTAL
 
17
7
24
   

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lecture
Laboratory
Units
Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
BIO 423
Systematics
3
0
3
BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L
 
BIO 423L
Systematics Laboratory
0
2
2
BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L
 
BIO 424
Statistical Biology
2
1
3
   
CHEM 401
Chemical Biology – Organic Molecules
3
0
3
 
 
CHEM 401L
Chemical Biology – Organic Molecules Laboratory
0
2
2
 
 
GE ELEC I
Elective I
3
0
3
 
 
NSTP 2
National Service Training Program 2
0
3
3
NSTP 1
 
PATH-FIT 2
Physical Activities Toward Health and Fitness 2:
Exercise-based Fitness Activities
2
0
2
   
PURPCOM
Purposive Communication
3
0
3
   
THY 2
Christian Vision of Marriage and Family
3
0
3
THY 1
 
TOTAL
 
19
8
27
   
Second Year - 2 Terms
First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lecture
Laboratory
Units
Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
BIO 425
Microbiology
3
0
3
 
 
BIO 425L
Microbiology Laboratory
0
2
2
 
 
BIO 426
General Ecology
3
0
3
BIO 424
 
BIO 426L
General Ecology Laboratory
0
2
2
BIO 424
 
CHEM 402
Chemical Biology 2 – Analytical Methods
3
0
3
 
 
CHEM 402L
Chemical Biology 2 – Analytical Methods Laboratory
0
2
2
 
 
PATH-FIT 3
Physical Activities Toward Health and Fitness in 
Dance and Recreational Activities
2
0
2
PATH-FIT 1, 
PATH-FIT 2
 
READ_PH
Readings in Philippine History
3
0
3
   
THY 3
Christian Vision of the Church in Society
3
0
3
THY 1,
THY 2
 
TOTAL
 
17
6
23
   

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lecture
Laboratory
Units
Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
BIO 427
Evolutionary Biology
3
0
3
BIO 423,
BIO 423L
 
BIO 427L
Evolutionary Biology Laboratory
0
2
2
BIO 423,
BIO 423L
 
BIO 428
Genetics
3
0
3
BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L,
BIO 425,
BIO 425L
 
BIO 428L
Genetics Laboratory
0
2
2
BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L,
BIO 425,
BIO 425L
 
CHEM 403
Chemical Biology 3 – Biomolecules
3
0
3
 
 
CHEM 403L
Chemical Biology 3 – Biomolecules Laboratory
0
2
2
 
 
GE ELEC II
Elective II
3
0
3
   
MATH_MW
Mathematics in the Modern World
3
0
3
   
PATH-FIT 4
Physical Activities Toward Health and Fitness in 
Sports, Martial Arts, Outdoor and Adventures Activities
2
0
2
PATH-FIT 1, 
PATH-FIT 2
 
THY 4
Living the Christian Vision in the Contemporary World
3
0
3
THY 1,
THY 2,
THY 3
 
TOTAL
 
20
6
26
   
Third Year - 2 Terms
First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lecture
Laboratory
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,
CHEM 403L
 
BIO 4212L
Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
0
2
2
BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L,
BIO 425,
BIO 425L,
CHEM 403,
CHEM 403L
 
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
Biophysics Laboratory
0
2
2
 
 
STS
Science, Technology and Society
3
0
3
   
TOTAL
 
14
4
18
   

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lecture
Laboratory
Units
Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
BIO 4131
Plant and Animal Tissue Culture
3
0
3
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L
 
BIO 4131L
Plant and Animal Tissue Culture Laboratory
0
2
2
BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L
BIO 425,
BIO 425L
 
BIO 4210
Physiology
3
0
3
BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L,
CHEM 403,
CHEM 403L,
SCI 409,
SCI 409L
 
BIO 4210L
Physiology Laboratory
0
2
2
BIO 421,
BIO 421L,
BIO 422,
BIO 422L,
CHEM 403,
CHEM 403L,
SCI 409,
SCI 409L
 
BIO 4211
Developmental Biology
3
0
3
BIO 427,
BIO 427L,
BIO 428,
BIO 428L
 
BIO 4211L
Developmental Biology Laboratory
0
2
2
BIO 427,
BIO 427L,
BIO 428,
BIO 428L
 
SCI 403
Research 1
2
0
2
BIO 421, 
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L, BIO 421L, BIO 422, BIO 422L,
BIO 424, BIO 425, BIO 425L,
BIO 426,
BIO 426L
 
SCI 404
Practicum
0
3
3
BIO 421,
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L,
BIO 421L,
BIO 424,
BIO 425,
BIO 425L,
BIO 426,
BIO 426L,
BIO 427,
BIO 427L,
BIO 428,
BIO 428L
 
TOTAL
 
11
9
20
   
Fourth Year - 2 Terms
First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lecture
Laboratory
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
Industrial Biotechnology Laboratory
0
2
2
BIO 4211,
BIO 4211L,
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L
 
BIO 4133
Current Techniques in Industrial Biology
3
0
3
BIO 4211,
BIO 4211L,
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L
 
BIO 4133L
Current Techniques in Industrial Biology Laboratory
0
2
2
BIO 4211,
BIO 4211L,
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L
 
ELE 1
Professional Elective 1
3
0
3
   
SCI 405
Research 2
0
2
2
SCI 403
 
TOTAL
 
12
6
18
   

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lecture
Laboratory
Units
Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
BIO 4134
Genomics and Proteomics
3
0
3
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L,
BIO 428,
BIO 428L
 
BIO 4134L
Genomics and Proteomics  Laboratory
0
2
2
BIO 4212,
BIO 4212L,
BIO 428,
BIO 428L
 
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 ELEC III
Elective III
3
0
3
   
SCI 406
Research 3
0
2
2
SCI 405
 
TOTAL
 
18
4
22
   

Program Policies

Program Policies

  • 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 

  • Final grades may be viewed at the end of the term via the MyUSTe Portal

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 their corresponding laboratory courses are known as Co-Requisites.

 

Lecture Courses

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

Class Standing60%
Preliminary / Final Exams30%
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 Standing70%
Preliminary / Final Exams30%
  • 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 9 units or more 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: No deficiencies and taking the regular load

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

  • 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.

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.

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

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
 
  • 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.

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