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The BS Biology program is a four-year thesis program that provides thorough grounding in the  biological sciences and develops skills and attitudes for a culture of science and research among students. 

Thesis Program Checklist (Revised June 2011)

FIRST YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Subjects Units Subjects Units
Botany 10 5 Zoology 10 5
Math 11 3 Math 14a 3
Hum GE 1 (Eng 1) 3 Hum GE 2 (Kom1/Comm1) 3
Soc Sci GE 1 (Hist 1) 3 Chemistry 11 5
Soc Sci GE 2 3 Soc Sci GE 3 3
PE 1 (2) PE 2 (Swimming) (2)
Units 17 Units 19
SECOND YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Subjects Units Subjects Units
Zoology 102 5 Bio 101 3
Chemistry 31 3 Hum GE 3 3
Chemistry 31.1 2 Chemistry 26 3
Botany 109 4 Chemistry 26.1 2
Math 100PE 2 4 Hum GE 4 3
PE 2NSTP 1 (2) Zoology 111 3
NSTP 1 (3) Zoology 111.1 2
    PE 2 (2)
    NSTP 2 (3)
Units 18 Units 19
THIRD YEAR 
 First Semester Second Semester  
 Subjects Units   Subjects Units 
Hum GE 5 3 Zoo/Bio Electiveb  3-5
Chemistry 40  Botany 119
Chemistry 40.1  Biology 150 
Physics 31  Physics 32 
Physics 31.1  Physics 32.1 
PI 100  Biology 160 
Geology 11     
Soc Sci GE 4     
Units 21  Units  19-21 
FOURTH YEAR    
First Semester Second Semester
Subjects Units Subjects Units
Bot/Bio Electivec 3-5 Botany 120 4
Biology 120 5 Ecology Electived 4-5
Biology 140 4 Nat Sci GE 3
Zoology 120 4 Biology 198 1
Biology 200 2 Biology 200 2
    Soc Sci GE 5 3
Units  18-20  Units  17-18 
TOTAL NUMBER of UNITS: 148 -153

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aMath 11 and 14 jointly may be substituted by Math 17.  Credit: 5 units instead of a total of 6 units.

bMay be any upper Biology or Zoology courses.

cMay be any upper Biology or Botany courses.

dMay be any of the following: Bio 161, Bio 163, Bio 164.


 

SUMMARY of COURSES and their CORRESPONDING NUMBER, CREDIT, TITLE and PREREQUISITES

SUBJECTS

UNITS

TITLE

PREREQUISITE

Biology 101

3

Stat. Methods in Biology

Math 11/equivalent

Biology 120

5

Microbiology

Bot 10, Zoo 10; Chem 31

Biology 140

4

Elementary Genetics

Bot 10; Zoo 10; Bio 101; Chem 40

Biology 150

3

Intro. to Mol. & Cell Biology

Chemistry 40

Biology 160

4

Ecology

Zoo 111, 111.1,  Bot 109, Chem 26, Chem 26.1, Bio 101

Biology 161

5

Field Biology

Biology 160

Biology 163

4

Terrestial Communities

Biology 160

Biology 164

4

Limnology

Biology 160

Biology 195

3

Biological Evolution

COI/Senior standing

Biology 198

1

Seminar

Senior standing; may be repeated for an additional unit

Biology 200

2

Thesis - Proposal Writing

Senior Standing

Biology 200

2

Thesis - Experimental Phase

Senior Standing

Botany 10

5

General Botany

 

Botany 102

4

Phycology

Botany 10

Botany 103

4

Mycology

Botany 10

Botany 104

5

Algae, Fungi and Lichens

Botany 10

Botany 105

4

Mosses, Hepatics and Ferns

Botany 10

Botany 109

4

Taxonomy of Higher Plants

Botany 10

Botany 119

5

Plant Anatomy

Botany 10

Botany 120

4

Plant Physiology

Physics  31, 31.1, Math 100, Chem 40, Bot 119

Chemistry 11

5

General & Inorganic Chem.

Math 11/equiv. (Math 17)

Chemistry 26

3

Analytical Chemistry

Chem 11, Math 14/ Math 17;   to be taken simultaneously w/ Chem 26.1

Chemistry 26.1

2

Analytical Chemistry Lab.

To be taken simultaneously with Chem 26

Chemistry 31

3

Elem. Organic Chemistry

Chem 11/equivalent; to be taken simultaneously w/ Chem 31.1

Chemistry 31.1

2

Elem. Organic Chemistry Lab.

To be taken simultaneously with Chem 31

Chemistry 40

3

Elementary Biochemistry

Chem 26/26.1 or Chem 17; 31/ Chem 31.1

Chemistry 40.1

2

Elementary Biochemistry Lab.

To be taken simultaneously with Chem 40

Math 11

3

College Algebra

 

Math 14

3

Plane Trigonometry

 

Math 100

4

Intro. to Calculus

Math 17/COI or Math 11 & 14

Physics 31

3

General Physics I

Math 100

Physics 31.1

1

General Physics I Laboratory

 

Physics 32

3

General Physics II

Physics 31, 31.1

Physics 32.1

1

General Physics II Laboratory

 

Zoology 10

5

Fundamentals of Zoology

 

Zoology 102

5

Comp. Anatomy of Vert.

Zoology 10

Zoology 106

4

General Histology

Zoology 10

Zoology 111

3

Invertebrate Zoology

Zoology 10

Zoology 111.1

2

Invertebrate Zoology (lab)

Zoo 111(pre-req/co-req)*

Zoology 113

4

Parasitology

Zoology 10

Zoology 120

4

Animal Physiology

Physics 31, 31.1; Math 100, Chem 40, Zoology 102

Zoology 132

5

Vertebrate Embryology

Zoology 102

Hum GE 1 to 5

15

Any 5 GE Courses in Humanities

 

Soc Sci GE 1 to 5

15

Any 5 GE Courses in Social Sciences

 

Nat Sci / Math GE

3

Any GE Course in Nat Sci except Chem 1, Bio 10, Math 1, Physics 11

 

*Zoo 111 is to be taken with Zoo 111.1 or ahead of Zoo 111.1

 

RETENTION POLICY (as of June 1, 2007)

     Freshmen students of the BS Biology Program are expected to pass their foundation courses, i.e.,  Botany 10 and Zoology 10.  IF a student fails in any of these courses for the first time he/she will be given a warning.  If a student re-enrolls in his/her second year (first semester), and fails for the second time he/she will be on PROBATION.  If he/she fails for the third time (second year, second semester) then the student will be disqualified from the BS Biology Program.

From 17 to 19 April 2016, the University of the Philippines will showcase the outputs of its top scientists and artists in the areas of food production, health, climate change, energy, technology, education and more.

Billed UP Knowledge Festival: Utak at Puso para sa Bayan, the three-day event will be held at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City as part of the University’s efforts to increase scientific literacy and artistic awareness in the country. 

“We want people to see that what UP has been doing inside the laboratories, in field researches and creative works are timely, relevant and beneficial to the community and the nation,” explains Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela P. Concepcion. 

The three-day festival will comprise a number of activities. One will be an exhibit of cutting-edge research and innovations developed within the six clusters of the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program:  (1) agri/aquaculture, food and nutrition, (2) health and wellness, (3) disaster risk management and climate change, (4) energy, environment and ecotourism, (5) technology, new materials and other products, and (6) progressive teaching and learning, which will be shared for the first time with state universities and colleges, government agencies, industry partners and the media. 

 “UP must serve as an academic hub with special emphasis on multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary frameworks that can serve as a catalyst for development,” asserts UP President Alfredo E. Pascual. An educated populace with knowledge capital (also called suprastructure) can bring about innovative approaches that will address the problems of society. This in turn  can spur sustainable and inclusive economic growth on a par with our dynamic ASEAN neighbors. 

Moreover, there will be plenary sessions where renowned resource speakers will discuss topics such as Why Arts Should Matter (Dr. Butch Dalisay), Hazard Vulnerabilities of the Public School System: Communicating Data & Science (Dr. Clarissa David), Commercialization of Technology (Dr. Al Serafica), Building Knowledge Cities (Atty. Arnel Casanova), and Health Emergency Planning for Yolanda-affected LGUs: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Dr. Philip Padilla).

Finally, UP President Pascual will chair a roundtable on the role of higher level education for the creation and dissemination of knowledge and innovation. Since the topic of education was overlooked during the last presidential debate, the roundtable promises to be an incisive and engaging discussion with Drs. Edna Co and Butch Dalisay, Roby Alampay, Lourd De Veyra, Joselito Yabut, and Professors Emeriti Randy David and Ernesto Pernia.

 

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“Higher level education is the key to inclusive growth,” says UP President Pascual.

The country can produce the high-level human resource it needs to catch up with its neighbors if the next government adopts the right set of policies.

This was the gist of a “think paper” on “Knowledge-Based Development and Governance” presented by the University of the Philippines to all the presidential candidates for their consideration.

According to UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, the study—which he calls “a road map to inclusive growth”—can form the basis for a comprehensive review of Philippine educational and human resource development policy, particularly in research and development.

The study notes that despite increasing government investments in education, not enough money has gone into research and development, and into producing and supporting more top-level researchers. This is why the Philippines has been left behind by many of its ASEAN co-members and continues to suffer from high income inequality and poverty.

“We still spend only 3 percent of GDP on education, compared to an average of 5-6 percent in the rest of ASEAN,” the paper noted, sounding the alarm. “This is why even our best universities lag behind their global and regional counterparts. In 2014, the University of the Philippines ranked only 8th out of the top 10 universities in ASEAN. In 2012, the Philippines ranked 92nd in the global Knowledge Economy Index, far behind Singapore, which placed 23rd.”

“Expenditure on research and development (R&D) by government and industry is low. So our level of technology remains low in quality and scale, and concentrated in sectors that are not considered high-value. To catch up and move ahead faster, we need to raise our technological knowledge and skills, which only advanced education and training can address.”

Put together by some of the national university’s brightest minds, the study notes the importance of research and development (R&D) in achieving growth in this era that is driven by scientific and technological (S&T) advancement. Now, the country’s knowledge capital is the key to achieve and sustain inclusive growth that reduces inequality and poverty. S&T innovation supports the manufacturing sector which generates jobs for the poor. And higher level education and training enable people to create new knowledge, innovate products and processes, and improve productivity.

Innovations can spur new economic activity and growth in both urban centers and the countryside.

But to strengthen Philippine R&D, the government will have to send more Filipinos abroad for advanced studies, as well as encourage more foreign-based professionals to return. Leading international experts and educators should be hired to help bring their local counterparts up to global standards and to introduce new ideas.

The government will also need to map out a network of “hub-and-spokes” that will involve schools, government bodies, businesses, and civil society organizations throughout the country, tapping local expertise.

“Beyond building infrastructure, we need to build the suprastructure of economic growth,” said Pascual. “That means harnessing the intellectual and creative energies of our people through more rationalized and responsive education. We need to ensure that enough of our best minds stay in the country to drive innovation and help develop the rest of our labor force. It is also not enough to be satisfied with the country’s current success in mainly voice-based business process outsourcing. To really get ahead and add more value to the economy, we need to develop more software engineers and other technology experts.”

The study was undertaken by the Center for Integrative and Development Studies, UP’s think tank, in coordination with the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“We hope that all our presidential candidates will read this paper and respond to its findings and recommendations in their platforms,” added Pascual. “We will welcome their ideas, and are inviting them to share those ideas with the University community and our people at large.”

On March 20, the University of the Philippines campus in Cebu will host a presidential debate, and education will be among the key topics on the agenda.

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To download a copy of this press release, please click here.

To read the summary of the paper Knowledge-based development and governance: Challenges and recommendations to the 2016 presidential candidates, please click here.

To read the full think paper, please click here.

To download the full think paper, please click here.

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