Department of Biological Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Overview

Degree Programs

Contact Information

Overview

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Biology (4 years)

Specializations

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (4 years)

Bachelor of Science in Biology (old curriculum) (4 years)

Contact Information

Vision, Mission & Goals

Recognitions

Updates

Vision, Mission & Goals

Vision

The Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas will be distinguished by the excellent delivery of courses in biology and by its national and international reputation in basic and applied research and development, as well as its commitment to serve the community.

Mission

The Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas aims to prepare and train our students to become competent biologists in the theoretical and practical aspects of biology in order to enable them to carry out relevant researches and developmental works in response to local and global needs.

Goals

  1. To develop well-informed and responsible Christian professional biologists equipped with knowledge and skills to pursue careers in teaching, research and graduate studies in biology or related fields or venture in business
  2. To equip non-biology major with basic biological principles they can utilize in their own areas of interest
  3. To promote among the faculty members active research which can contribute to quality education and the advancement of science
  4. to participate in the national effort of protecting and conserving the environment by supporting activities such as reforestation, waste management and pollution control

Recognitions

Certified

(BSc Biology)

Center of Excellence

Level IV Accreditation

(BSc Biology | BSc Microbiology)

Administrators and Faculty Members

Administrators and Faculty Members

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

Assoc. Prof. Loida R. Medina, PhD, Coordinator, Science, Technology, and Society

Asst. Prof. Jose Francis V. Abrantes, MS

Master of Science in Microbiology

Prof. Pia Marie S.P. Albano, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences

Prof. Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Dr. rer. nat.

Doctor of Natural Sciences in Biology

Ms. Niña Kathryn G. Alfeche, MS

Master of Science in Biology

Asst. Prof. Kim Hazel V. Arafiles, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology

Asst. Prof. Melanie M. Arbias, MS, MS

Master of Science in Environmental Science

Master of Science in Forestry, major in Forest Resources Management

Rev. fr. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P., PhD, SThD

Doctor of Philosophy in Biology

Doctor of Sacred Theology

Prof. Marieta C. Baysa, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Biology

Inst. Reuel C. Bennett, Dr. rer. nat.

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Sciences, with Speciality in Biology

Mr. Sam Dominic A. Binag, MS

Master of Science in Biology

Asst. Prof. Jonathan Carlo A. Briones, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences

Mr. Niño Andree Louis E. Caguimbal, MSc

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Asst. Prof. Catherine C. Carson, MBioEd

Master of Biology Education

Mr. Daniel Albert E. Castillo, MS

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Asst. Prof. Aimee Caye G. Chang, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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

Doctor of Natural Sciences in Biology

Ms. Genea Nichole Cortez, MSc

Master of Science in Biology

Asst. Prof. Ma. Sheila M. de Jesus, MS

Master of Science in Microbiology

Prof. Gina R. Dedeles, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Microbial Technology

Prof. Thomas Edison E. dela Cruz, Dr. rer. nat.

Doctor of Natural Sciences, major in Microbiology

Asst. Prof. Mae Lowe L. Diesmos, MS

Master of Science in Biology

Ms. Maria Isabella J. Escobar, MS

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Ms. Joahnna P. Esguerra, MD

Master in Health Science (Health Informatics); Master in Public Health (Epidemiology); Doctor of Medicine and Surgery

Mr. Jose Mari B. Garcia, MD

Doctor of Medicine

Prof. Maria Rosario Virginia C. Garcia, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education, major in Biology

Prof. Moises Norman Z. Garcia, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education, major in Biology

Ms. Shana F. Genavia, MS

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Ms. Hao Wei C. Hsu, MS

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Asst. Prof. Sonia N. Javier, MS, MS

Master of Science in Environmental Science

Master of Science in Biology

Asst. Prof. Racquel C. Layco, MS

Master of Science in Chemistry Education

Mr. Carl Jay D. Laurenciano, MS

Master of Science in Biological Engineering

Prof. Edgar V. Lerma, MD

Doctor of Medicine

Ms. Crissa Ann I. Lilagan, MS

Master of Science in Biology

Mr. Anton II N. Lorenzo, MS

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Asst. Prof. Sittie Aisha Macabago, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Biology

Prof. Mary Beth B. Maningas, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Marine Biosciences

Assoc. Prof. Loida R. Medina, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Biological Sciences

Prof. Cecilia B. Moran, Dr. rer. nat.

Doctor of Natural Sciences, major in Biology

Asst. Prof. Jose Tolentino II D.C. Olivar, MA

Master of Arts in Education, major in Curriculum Studies

Mr. Jorge Anton D. Ordas, MS

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Asst. Prof. Jaycee Augusto G. Paguirigan, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Education, major in Science Education

Assoc. Prof. Alicia Ely J. Pagulayan, MS

Master of Science in Biology

Assoc. Prof. Crisencio M. Paner, MS

Master of Science in Microbiology

Asst. Prof. Ma. Victoria B. Pangilinan, MBioEd

Master of Biology Education

Assoc. Prof. Donna May D.C. Papa, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Biological Sciences

Prof. Rey Donne S. Papa, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Biological Sciences

Assoc. Prof. Richard Thomas B. Pavia, Jr., PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology

Mr. Armeo Eugenio Jr. SPeñafiel, MD

Doctor of Medicine 

Mr. Elfritzson Peralta, MS

Master of Science in Biology

Prof. John Donnie A. Ramos, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology / Immunology

Assoc. Prof. Marilyn G. Rimando, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology

Assoc. Prof. Maureen B. Sabit, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Biological Sciences

Ms. Propa Joy R. Santor, MS

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Assoc. Prof. Mary Ann G. Santos, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Science

Assoc. Prof. Mary Ann G. Santos, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Science

Mr. Gerald Thomas A. Soliven, MS

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Mr. Carl Lexter B. Tan, MD

Doctor of Medicine

Asst. Prof. Michael C. Valdez, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology

Mr. Russell Evan L. Venturina, MS

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Ms. Carmela Vannette B. Vicera, MS

Master of Science in Microbiology

Ms. Sarah Grace S. Zamudio, MS

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

History

History

The Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas started as the Department of Zoology of the former College of Liberal Arts. It provided the basic requirements for Biology in the Bachelor of Arts program as well as the Associate in Arts program, a two-year requisite in Pre-Law and Pre-Medicine. The existing interest in the objectives of the department led to the development of the B.S. Zoology program. Six graduates received the B.S. from 1936 to 1948. The first batch of post-war Majors in Zoology was granted their degrees in 1949. 

The department continuously stirred great interest in this field of study as proven by the consistently increasing enrollment in the years that followed. The pre-medicine program was strengthened in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Animal Sciences. This led to the development of the four-year B.S. General Curriculum. It was in the late 1970’s that the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports issued a directive that the B.S. General program be further infused with more dynamic sciences such as Ecology and Biostatistics. This eventually led to the evolution of the B.S. Biology program in the late 1980’s, hence, transforming the Department of Zoology into the Department of Biological Sciences. Now, the department is the largest in the College of Science in terms of student and faculty population. It is also a university-wide service department for Science, Technology and Society course and other related general education courses. 

Since its inception, the Department has been a witness to many changes and milestones. In 1979, the Department was the first in the Philippines to offer a B.S. Microbiology program making UST the only Philippine university offering the said degree. The department was likewise granted the status “Center of Development” (2006) and “Center of Excellence” (2010) in Biology by the Commission on Higher Education. The department boasts of having the greatest number of PhD holders among the four departments in the college. Its Biology program has been certified by the ASEAN Universities Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) in 2017. 

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