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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.


  1. To build an excellent center of learning in the sciences with competent faculty members and staff, state-of-the-art facilities, and relevant curricula
  2. To promote a culture of research and scholarship, guided by ethical standards and international benchmarks
  3. To create social awareness through active involvement in community and extension services.

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)


Biological Sciences (University-level)

Chemistry (University-level)

Mathematics and Physics (University-level)

Psychology (University-level)

Research Thrusts


Research Thrusts

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






The 2026 UST College of Science Centennial

“Expressing our Faith through Excellence in Science”

The College of Science of the University of Santo Tomas is in a unique position compared to its fellow higher education academic units devoted to the sciences, as it is the only one housed in the lone Pontifical University in Asia, whose mission embraces a commitment to serve the Church, the nation and the global community. As such, the college has dedicated itself “to the integral formation of ethical, morally upright, competent and compassionate scientists who are committed to the pursuit of truth, and whose service to God and community is manifested in its responsiveness to national and global concerns” (UST College of Science Mission).

Hence, the theme of its centennial celebrations highlight the strong link between Faith and Science in the mission, academic programs, and advocacies of the UST College of Science. For many years, the UST College of Science has instilled the “Gáling Science, Galíng Science” (Excellence in Science) mantra among its academic staff, students and alumni. It is but fitting that as we celebrate the centenary of the college, we anchor this push to strive for excellence in science to be founded in the basic tenets of the Catholic and Christian identity of the University of Santo Tomas.

The College of Science has laid out a ten-year plan to prepare for its centenary which aims to 1) acknowledge our heritage, 2) celebrate excellence and 3) establish an enduring legacy. The celebrations began last A.Y. 2016-2017 with the launching of “The Outstanding Alumni of Science Tribute Awards” or TOAST Awards 2017 which aimed to recognize ten Science alumni annually until the centennial celebrations of 2026. Furthermore, the year 2017 saw the relaunching of Agham, a fund-raising project which was first initiated during the deanship of Prof. Carmen Kanapi, Ph.D. and relaunched through the efforts of Prof. John Donnie Ramos, Ph.D. Project Agham, as it is now called, aims to advance the academic and research capability of the College of Science through infrastructure development, student scholarships, professorial chairs as well as faculty and student internationalization activities. One of its more visible achievements was the construction of the Science Online Learning Environment (SOLE) Room named in honor of Engr. Recaredo A. Dela Rosa and Prof. Lourdes C. Dela Rosa. It has likewise supported students with financial difficulties during the Covid-19 pandemic through its Pande-Scholars initiative.

By A.Y. 2020-2021, incumbent dean Prof. Rey Donne S. Papa, Ph.D. formed the CS Centennial Committee whose main function was to conceptualize and help organize programs and activities which will form part of the 5-year countdown to the centennial celebrations. The committee included Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, OP, EHL (Regent), former deans Prof. Emeritus Fortunato B. Sevilla III, Ph.D., Prof. Maribel G. Nonato, Ph.D., Prof. John Donnie A. Ramos, Ph.D., and former college secretaries Prof. Carlos P. Garcia, Ph.D. and Prof. Cecilia B. Moran, Dr.rer.nat.  

The following activities have so far been conducted as part of the ten-year countdown:

  1. CS Grand Alumni Homecoming (March 2, 2019)
  2. TOAST Awards 2019 (March 2, 2019)
  3. TOAST Awards 2020 (July 19, 2020)
  4. Inaugural Albertus Magnus Faith and Science Lecture by Prof. Jonathan Lunine, Ph.D. of Cornell University (March 8, 2021)
  5. CS Centennial Logo and Theme making contest
  6. 2nd Albertus Magnus Faith and Science Lecture (Round-table discussion on the theme “Solidarity, Equity and the Global Challenge for Universal Access to Vaccination” featuring Rev. Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP and Dr. Anthony Leachon, and representatives of major religious denominations and Church leaders) (October 8, 2021)
  7. Conferment of a posthumous Doctor of Science degree to Mr. Ricardo S. Po Sr., Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Century Pacific Foods, Inc. (March 19, 2022)
  8. Launch of the Philippine celebrations of the International Year of Basic Science for Sustainable Development 2022 (IYBSSD) in collaboration with the National Research Council of the Philippines (October 7, 2022)
  9. TOAST Awards for 2021, 2022, and 2023 (April 1, 2023)
  10. Unveiling of the CS Centennial (March 27, 2023)

Upcoming activities include:


  1. Conferment of the second Professor Emeritus of the UST College of Science
  2. 3rd Albertus Magnus Faith and Science Lecture
  3. Launching of the Exhibit and Commemorative Book on the history of the UST College of Science
  4. Faith and Science Painting Exhibit in collaboration with the College of Fine Arts and Design


The College of Science is the partner of the National Research Council of the Philippines for the Philippine launch of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development.

For information on the IYBSSD Call for Proposal, please visit the following website:



Patron Saint



Patron Saint


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. 

Prayer to St. Albert the Great

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

Biology Society

Microbiology Society

Psychology Society

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

Reception Committee

UST College of Science Alumni Association (COSAA) Interim Officers

Casto Ignacio (BS Psychology 1977), President

Dinah Lyra Pantaleon (BS Microbiology 1996), Vice-President

Gene Kenneth Ilagan (BS Psychology 2012), Secretary

Michelle Rose Y. Cornes (BS Psychology 2003), Assistant Secretary

Charitess P. Carandang-Barlis (BS Psychology 2002), Treasurer

Rodrigo Dizon de Mesa, MD (BS Biology 1988), Assistant Treasurer

Kristoffer Kenneth R. Montefalcon (BS Applied Physics 2011), Board Member

Kiersten Jayne Adri (BS Chemistry 2013), Board Member

Jovenal M. Francisco, Jr. (BS Biology 1991), Board Member



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

Prof. Ma. Claudette A. Agnes, PhD,
Assistant Dean

Department Chairpersons and Program Coordinators

Department Chairpersons and Program Coordinators

Mr. Reuel M. Bennett, Dr. rer. nat.

Coordinator, Microbiology and Biotechnology Cluster

Assoc. Prof. Loida R. Medina, PhD

Coordinator, Medical Biology Cluster

Inst. Elfritzson M. Peralta, MSc

Coordinator, Science, Technology, and Society and Environmental Science Cluster

Asst. Prof. Karen Katrina V. Trinidad, PhD

Chair, Psychology

Faculty Council

Faculty Council

Prof. Rey Donne S. Papa, PhD,

Chair (Ex-Officio)

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

Member (Ex-Officio)

Prof. Ma. Claudette A. Agnes, PhD,

Member (Ex-Officio)

Asst. Prof. Ezra S. Aguilar, PhD, Secretary (Ex-Officio)

Coordinators and Supervisors

Coordinators and Supervisors

Asst. Prof. Juliano S. Pereña, Jr., PhD

Community Development

Mr. Alvin L. Jacob, MPsy


Ms. Hao Wei C. Hsu, MSc


Mr. Mhar Ian C. Estayan, MSc

International Relations

Mr. Carl Lexter B. Tan, MD


Asst. Prof Jayson G. Chavez, Dr. rer. nat.

Pedagogical Lead

Ms. Neriza P. Adorna, MA

Student Welfare and Development

Mr. Gerald Thomas A. Soliven, MSc

Laboratory Supervisor, Department of Biological Sciences

Mr. Kent Cesar C. Gervacio, MSc

Laboratory Supervisor, Department of Chemistry

Support Staff

Support Staff

Ms. Bridget C. Arrogancia

Office Clerk

Ms. Andrea G. Austral

Office Clerk

Mr. Ryan Jade T. Balod

Office Clerk

Ms. Kristine Lorraine F. Breva

Office Clerk

Mr. John Luther  C. Briones

Office Clerk

Ms. Florinda S. Esguerra

Office Clerk

Mr. Gil O. Manrique

Office Clerk

Mr. Lauro B. Llorera

Utility Clerk

Mr. Mark Ricablanca

Computer Laboratory Technician

Mr. Generoso D. Medina

Multimedia / Audio-Visual Room Technician

Mr. Charles Edward L. Alolor

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Rommel L. Bronio

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Angelo D.R. Bunag

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Gregorio S. Estioko

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Dionisio V. Layacan

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Alberto L. Milabo

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Zoilo Gerard S. Noscal

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Joselito D.G. Payuran

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Marc Dale C. Perez

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Nikko B. Punzalan

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Reynaldo F. Sapnu

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Ruperto T. Simbul, Jr.

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Jose Gilbert F. Tality

Laboratory Assistant

Mr. Delfin T. Tampos

Laboratory Assistant




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.




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