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College of Science
College of Science
College of Science (1926)
Bachelor of Science in Biology (4 years)
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (4 years)
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (4 years)
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (4 years)
Vision, Mission, Goals, & Graduate Attributes
Vision, Mission, Goals, & Graduate Attributes
The UST College of Science envisions herself as a distinguished and internationally recognized center of learning in the sciences with a strong tradition of excellence in instruction, research, and community service.
The UST College of Science is dedicated to the integral formation of ethical, morally upright, competent, and compassionate scientists who are committed to the pursuit of Truth, and whose selfless service to God and community is manifested in their responsiveness to national and global concerns.
- To build an excellent center of learning in the sciences with competent faculty members and staff, state-of-the-art facilities, and relevant curricula
- To promote a culture of research and scholarship, guided by ethical standards and international benchmarks
- To create social awareness through active involvement in community and extension services.
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)
Level IV Accreditation (BS Applied Mathematics, major in Actuarial Science, BS Biology, BS Chemistry, BS Microbiology, BS Psychology)
Level I Accreditation (BS Applied Physics, major in Instrumentation)
The College of Science is a key contributor to the research agenda of the University of Santo Tomas. Faculty researchers from its four departments conduct studies in the following areas:
1) advanced and nanomaterials
2) biodiversity, ecology, systematics and taxonomy
3) chemical sensors and biosensors
4) mathematics and theoretical physics
5) molecular diagnostics and therapeutics
6) natural products, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals
7) pure and applied microbiology
8) psychology studies
9) sustainability studies
The faculty researchers of the College of Science count among its ranks experts in their respective fields of specialization who have been recognized nationally and internationally. Their research works are conducted in the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences and the Research Center for the Social Sciences and
Education. These research activities are done in collaboration with our students as well as foreign and local collaborators.
In these endeavors, our researchers have been supported by local, national and international grants and these have led to publications in peer-reviewed, indexed, scholarly journals and have led to the development of patents, products and policy recommendations.
A – Academic Excellence
G – od-Centered Education
H – Harmonious and State-of-the-Art Learning Environment
A – lumni Involvement and Community Engagement
M – Mutli-disciplinary and Collaborative Research
2015 UST Professor Emeritus
Pioneer of Pandanus Research in the Philippines
Patron of the UST College of Science
Feast Day: November 15
Born in the thirteenth century Germany, St. Albert the Great was still young when he went to Padua in Italy to devote himself to the study of the so-called "liberal arts": grammar, rhetoric, dialectics, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music, demonstrating characteristic interest in the natural sciences which was soon to become the favorite field for his specialization. Though his decision was gradual, he later joined the Order of Preachers. Albert’s intense relationship with God and the example of the holiness and preaching of the Dominican friars were the decisive factors that helped him to overcome every doubt and even to surmount his family's resistance to his vocation.
After his ordination to the priesthood, the brilliant St. Albert taught at various theological centers. He brought with him from Paris an exceptional student, St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). The sole merit of having been the teacher of St. Thomas would suffice to elicit profound admiration for St. Albert. A relationship of mutual esteem and friendship developed between these two great theologians, human attitudes that were very helpful in the development of this branch of knowledge. St. Albert was later elected as Provincial of the Teutonic Province, where he distinguished himself for the zeal with which he exercised this ministry, visiting the communities and constantly recalling his confreres to fidelity, to the teaching and example of St. Dominic. Eventually, Pope Alexander IV appointed Albert Bishop of Regensburg, where he succeeded in restoring peace and harmony, in reorganizing parishes and convents and in giving a new impetus
to charitable activities. After four years, he returned to teaching, researching, and writing. He played an important part in the Council of Lyons (1274), and he worked to clarify and defend the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas.
St. Albert the Great passed away in his room in Cologne, Germany in the year 1280. He was beatified in 1622 and was canonized in 1931, when Pope Pius XI proclaimed him ‘Doctor of the Church’. This was certainly an appropriate recognition of this great man of God and outstanding scholar, not only of the truths of the faith but of the many other branches of knowledge; indeed, with a glance at the titles of his very numerous works, we realize that there was something miraculous about his culture and that his encyclopedic interests led him not only to concern himself with philosophy and theology, but also with every other discipline then known, from physics to chemistry, from astronomy to mineralogy, from mathematics to psychology, from botany to zoology. For this reason, Pope Pius XII named him ‘Patron of the Enthusiasts of the Natural Sciences’, and called him "Doctor universalis" precisely because of the vastness of his interests and knowledge.
O God our Father, | Fountain and Origin of all wisdom, | you made the bishop St. Albert | great in harmonizing human wisdom | with divine faith; | grant, | we beseech you, | that adhering to his magisterial teaching, | and through the advance of the sciences, | we may come to a deeper knowledge | and love of you, | per scientiam ad Dominum. | We ask the Blessed Mother Mary | to intercede on our behalf | to bring us closer to her Son Jesus | along with St. Albert the Great, | our patron saint. Amen.
St. Albert the Great, | pray for us!
College of Science Student Council
Commission on Elections
College of Science Journal
UST Applied Physics Society
UST Chemical Society
PAX Romana – Science Unit
Rotaract – Science Unit
Scarlet – Science Unit
College of Science Dance Troupe
UST College of Science Glee Club
UST Community Achievers Association
UST Mathematical Society
UST Red Cross Youth Council – Science Unit
College of Science Drumline
UST College of Science Alumni Association (COSAA) Interim Officers
Joel Chavez (Biology), President
Casto Ignacio (Psychology), Vice-President
Kay Cabral (Biology), Secretary
Chris Ramirez (Chemistry), Assistant Secretary
Charitess Barlis (Psychology), Treasurer
Gene Illagan (Psychology), Assistant Treasurer
Kris Montefalcon (Physics), Board Member
Vallance Edlagan (Microbiology), Board Member
Edison Subala (Chemistry), Board Member
Program Alumni Association Representatives:
Harold Colon (Psychology)
Errol Angeles (Chemistry)
Mary Ann Santos (Microbiology)
Gerald Soliven (Biology)
Bea Idquival (Mathematics)
Department Chairpersons and Program Coordinators
Assoc. Prof. Loida R. Medina, PhD
Coordinator, Science, Technology, and Society
Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, O.P., EHL,
Prof. Ma. Claudette A. Agnes, PhD,
Coordinators and Supervisors
Ms. Kristine Lorraine F. Breva
Ms. Florinda S. Esguerra
Mr. Gil O. Manrique
Mr. Lauro B. Llorera
Ms. Bridget C. Arrogancia
Ms. Andrea G. Austral
Mr. Ryan Jade T. Balod
Mr. John Luther C. Briones
Mr. Generoso D. Medina
Multimedia / Audio-Visual Room Technician
Mr. Mark Ricablanca
Computer Laboratory Technician
Mr. Charles Edward L. Alolor
Mr. Rommel L. Bronio
Mr. Angelo D.R. Bunag
Mr. Gregorio S. Estioko
Mr. Dionisio V. Layacan
Mr. Alberto L. Milabo
Mr. Zoilo Gerard S. Noscal
Mr. Joselito D.G. Payuran
Mr. Marc Dale C. Perez
Mr. Nikko B. Punzalan
Mr. Reynaldo F. Sapnu
Mr. Ruperto T. Simbul, Jr.
Mr. Jose Gilbert F. Tality
Mr. Delfin T. Tampos
HISTORY OF THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
The College of Science was established in 1926 as the College of Liberal Arts. It initially offered four-year programs for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and two-year courses in Preparatory Law and Preparatory Medicine. Through the succeeding years, it expanded its offerings in response to the needs of national development and introduced innovative degree programs including Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (1931), Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (1941), Bachelor of Science major in Zoology (1947), Bachelor of Science major in Psychology (1948), and Bachelor of Science major in Mathematics and Physics (1952).
In 1964, the College of Liberal Arts was transformed into the College of Science, after ceding the Bachelor of Arts program to the Faculty of Arts and Letters. Thereafter, all programs offered by the College focused only on science and mathematics. Ever sensitive to the demands of national growth, the college initiated new programs including B.S. General (1964), B.S. Mathematics (1966), B.S. Actuarial Sciences (1974), B.S. Biology (1978), B.S. Microbiology (1979), B.S. Computer Science (1984), B.S. Information Technology and B.S. Information Management (1999), and B.S. Applied Physics (2002). In 2003, the Computer Science, Information technology and Information Management programs were transferred to the Faculty of Engineering. In the year 2009, a shift from theoretical to applied mathematics was implemented with the realignment of B.S Mathematics Major in Actuarial Science to B.S Applied Mathematics Major in Actuarial Science. The four degree-granting departments of the College of Science were transformed into university-level departments by 2016, in preparation for the centralized offering of all general education science courses by the College of Science as a result of the transition to the K-12 curriculum. In 2018, the Bachelor of Science in Biology branched out into three specializations – Environmental Biology, Industrial Biology, and Medical Biology. In 2022, the B.S. Data Science and Analytics (BS DSA) program was opened, which was co-offered with the College of Information and Computing Sciences, making the B.S. DSA program the first to be jointly offered by two academic units of the university.
Excellence in science education and research has been a byword of the UST-College of Science. In September 2011, the college has been awarded by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) the highest accreditation of Level IV, the first in the University of Santo Tomas. Having been accredited Level IV, the college became instrumental in the Institutional Accreditation Status of the university awarded by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) in September 2012. In 2017, the Biology, Chemistry and Psychology programs were the among the first program offerings in the university to have been certified by the ASEAN Universities Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA). The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has also recognized the Department of Biological Sciences as a Center of Excellence in Biology; the Department of Chemistry as a Center of Excellence in Chemistry; and, the Department of Psychology as a Center of Excellence in Psychology.