Bachelor of Science in Biology

Overview

Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS Biology) is a four-year program originally implemented in 1983 to replace the old Bachelor of Science in Zoology program. In response to the changes following the implementation of the K-12 basic education curriculum in the country, the department adapted curriculum changes during the first semester of AY 2018-19.

Under this new curriculum, three (3) tracks were introduced, namely: Medical Biology, Microbiology, and Systematic Biology.

Generally, BS Biology is a preparatory program for those aspiring to enter the fields of biomedical research, biotechnology, human medicine and other allied health professions. Under the new 2018 curriculum, learners pursuing this program must complete 184 credit units of coursework, equivalent to 3,312 hours [4,734 hours] plus 200 hours of internship or practicum.

BS Biology graduates possess Level VI (Baccalaureate) qualifications under the Philippine Qualifications Framework (code number 60511) and the ASEAN Qualifications Framework. Graduates of this program are also qualified to apply for Doctor of Medicine (Level VII) programs upon passing required aptitude tests and eventually become licensed medical doctors by taking the prescribed board examination under the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The program welcomes all interested senior high school graduates from all tracks who pass the FEU College Admission Test.


The BS Biology program objectives are aligned with the guidelines provided in the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) memorandum order (CMO) No. 49, series of 2017.

In servicing the General Education Program and in laying the foundation for biology-oriented courses, the department has the following objectives for our learners:

  1. acquire biological concepts, theories and principles that broaden their view of their own being and of their environment;
  2. acquire skills in the scientific methods and processes, as well as competence in the use of laboratory, technological and computer equipment for scientific inquiry pursuits;
  3. recognize the fact that learning is a life-long and self-motivated process due to the continuous unraveling facts and principles;
  4. show strong appreciation and valuing of life and interrelatedness of living things in the ecosystem;
  5. pursue solutions to personal, environmental, and other societal problems; and
  6. develop desirable traits of inquisitiveness, perseverance, accuracy, creativity and cooperation.


Upon completing the program, BS Biology graduates can:

  1. Demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge of the fundamental concepts of Biological Sciences.
  2. Develop the ability to apply scientific method.
  3. Develop the ability to evaluate specific methodology.
  4. Develop critical thinking and communication skills.
  5. Develop professionalism.
  6. Develop independent learning (advancement of science)
  7. Develop nationalism by advocating the protection and preservation of Philippine flora and fauna species.


The graduates of the BS Biology program from any of the three tracks are skilled researchers who are problem solvers in their respective medical, industrial or ecological communities.  They are professional researchers in their application of scientific knowledge and communicate results through publications. They are equipped with ethical values in doing their professional careers or post-graduate studies. They are responsible in preserving nature.


The program prepares careers in biomedical research, biotechnology, human medicine and other allied health professions. The program also prepares a career in private or government institutions as quality control microbiologists or as research technicians and associates in hospitals, including those specializing in genetic engineering. This is a training that provides students the necessary skills needed as systematic biologists, researcher and science teachers.


The BS Biology program provides a holistic education for future biologists, researchers, scientists and scholars in the field. It utilizes an adaptive curriculum with three different tracks and varied teaching-learning strategies, modes of delivery and assessments.

Program curriculum

For the first two years of the BS Biology program, students must undertake General Education (GE) courses to develop higher-order thinking, critical analysis and other related academic skills intended to foster a culture of independent learning. The GE curriculum is a university-wide effort to use liberal education approaches to equip learners for advanced coursework and research later in the program.

Aside from GE courses, the first two years of the program also include lecture and laboratory courses in basic allied sciences such as Organic Chemistry, General Botany, General Zoology, and Biochemistry. These core courses are designed to develop key knowledge and skills in biology and other sciences.

The three tracks offered differ in their specialization areas, to wit:

  • The Medical Biology (Med-Bio) track is designed to broaden the students’ knowledge and skills in the biological sciences. It is intended as a preparatory program for students who wish to pursue higher studies in Medical Science or under a Doctor of Medicine program.

    Practicum and internship is part of the BS BIO-MeB curriculum, which serves as the students’ exposure to an actual hospital working environment. This is a training that provides students the necessary skills needed as Physician Assistant and other allied health career upon graduation.

  • The Microbiology (Mic-Bio) track provides foundational knowledge of biology in molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and organismal level. This track applies multidisciplinary methods to develop a holistic understanding of the human organism with emphasis in the following fields: Medical Parasitology, Pharmacology, Medical Microbiology, Medical Entomology, Radiation Biology and Pathophysiology.

  • The Systematics track (Bio-Sys) also prepares students for graduate-level coursework in Biology specializing in plant, animal, molecular and microbial systematics. This track is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in a variety of technical, ecological and environmental research work.

    Preliminary skills in biomedical research is another major feature of this track. Students’ research skills are developed by training the students in appropriate research methodologies. A research colloquium is part of the curriculum where students will showcase their research outputs.

The BS Biology program also considers the well-being and work-life balance of the students. Throughout their stay in the university, they are encouraged to develop their own Wellness and Recreation Program (WRP). The WRP is an adaptive university-wide program wherein students can enlist in courses of various interest intended to develop their physiological and psycho-social fitness as well as encourage social responsibility and community involvement.

Teaching-Learning Approaches

The BS Biology program uses various teaching-learning approaches designed to respond to the needs of our students and to empower them as lifelong learners and professionals in the field of biology and scientific research. These approaches include the following:

  • Student-centered learning

Following the University’s educational philosophy and learning paradigm, the BS Biology program uses dynamic and collaborative activities and methods which encourage active learning among our students. These include our laboratory activities, project supervision, oral presentations and fieldwork, among others.

  • Didactic approach

The program recognizes the need to develop the students’ theoretical knowledge in biology and other related science disciplines, which can be facilitated through activities such as lectures, discussions and demonstrations.

  • Interdisciplinary approach

The professional courses under BS Biology allows students to understand and adopt multi-disciplinal lenses from different allied scientific fields. Meanwhile, students are also exposed to the humanities and social science disciplines through the liberal structure of the GE curriculum.

  • Blended learning

In recognition of fast-paced technological advancements, the program utilizes online virtual classrooms, self-study modules, video presentations and other ubiquitous learning technologies. The University utilizes Canvas, a world-class learning management system, to facilitate this mode of delivery.

  • Problem-based learning

The program adopts the use of case studies, situational analysis and problem-solving tools in developing students’ critical thinking skills.

  • Research-based approach

BS Biology encourages students to develop their research interests and undertake research endeavors (papers and presentations) throughout their stay in the program. This is designed to nurture their critical thinking skills and inherent curiosity towards scientific inquiry.

Assessment and research work

BS Biology has an array of assessments and assessment tasks based on the needs of the students. Under the tenet of academic freedom, teachers and students may freely negotiate their assessment tasks for the course. Teachers are also encouraged to develop relevant formative assessments designed to help learners prepare for capstone summative assessments.

Assessment tools and techniques include summative tests and quizzes, preparation of laboratory reports, case analysis, and practical examinations. Research work is also a common feature among majority of the courses, while the students are also required to perform return demonstration and defend their thesis before they complete the program.

Internship

Students must complete 200 hours of internship with our industry partners, such as: National Museum; FNRDI, Quezon City; Hospitals (QMMC, HGH, etc.); Biology Lab, UP Diliman; DENR; BPI; BOS; Manila Ocean Park; Manila Zoo; UST Lab; PNP Health Services Crime Lab.; National Ecology Center, Quezon City, and others.

These partners have existing memoranda of agreement (MOAs) with either the Institute of Arts and Sciences or the Department of Biology.


Students must complete a total 4,734 hours coursework and 200 hours of internship, with a minimum quality point average (QPA) of 2.00 by the end of the four-year program.


FEU main trunk line: (02)8777-73-38
Biology Department Office: local 229
Laboratory: local 231
Herbarium: local 230

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Dr. Rowena C. Reyes

Dean, Institute of Arts and Sciences

Mr. Mark Salvador Ysla

Associate Dean, Institute of Arts and Sciences

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