BS Biology


The Department of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies (DBSES) offers a 4-year BS Biology degree program with 147 units. The program offers a learning experience that encompasses the theoretical, quantitative, and applied aspects of the biological sciences. The strong foundation courses, the intensive practical laboratory and field experiences, and elective courses prepare the students for careers in scientific research, medicine, education, policy-making, environmental management, and several related fields in the country and the world. The graduates of the program will acquire critical thinking, social accountability, ethical judgment, equity, and openness for continuing professional development.

The curriculum includes the conduct of undergraduate thesis which provides the students the opportunity to perform research work along with their chosen field of specialization under the guidance of their selected faculty adviser.

At the end of the program, the students are expected to:

a. Acquire solid theoretical background and laboratory skills for the fields of research,
medicine, industry, and teaching biology;
b. Develop intellectual capacity for scientific method in problem solving (Botany, Zoology,
Microbiology, Genetics, Ecology);
c. Use of the scientific method to relate biological concepts with other fields of discipline in
the natural or social sciences;
d. Communicate the correct scientific information, ideas, problems, and solutions clearly
either through speech or in writings to other scientists, decision makers, and the general
public in scientific and popularized forms;
e. Practice responsible work ethics in order to promote continued professional development
for domestic and global opportunities;
f. Promote good governance and decision making based on scientific and socially
acceptable approaches actively;
g. Utilize natural resources in the Philippines with emphasis on endemic and threatened
h. Appreciate biological and cultural diversity in dealing with contemporary issues in biology
i. Solve problems based on scientific processes to reach a sound decision;
j. Create new knowledge, product, or patent emanating from the conduct of research; and
k. Apply an evidence-based approach to uphold environmental justice and equity.



Graduates of the BS Biology program may pursue a medical degree while others can explore opportunities in teaching and/or research within government and private institutions. They can also find careers in government organizations focused on biological conservation and advocacy, or as scientists and innovators in health and biotech industry and institutions.





BIO 15, Fundamentals of Biology
BIO 21, Principles of Microbiology
BIO 30, Genetics
BIO 40, Intermediate Zoology
BIO 60, Intermediate Botany
BIO 100, Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 106, Developmental Cell Biology

BIO 110, Principles of Ecology
BIO 141, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO 143, Animal Physiology
BIO 164, Morphology and Anatomy of Plants
BIO 165, Elementary Plant Physiology
BIO 170, Evolutionary Biology
BIO 171, Principles of Systematic Biology
BIO 199, Undergraduate Seminar
BIO 200, Undergraduate Thesis
NSM192, Scientific Research Process in Biology

CHEM 21, General Chemistry I
CHEM 22, General chemistry II
CHEM 31, Elementary Organic Chemistry
CHEM 160, Introductory Biochemistry

MATH 26, Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
STAT 1, Elementary Statistics
STAT 162, Experimental Design I

PHYS 3, General Physics (Mechanics and Heat)
PHYS 13, General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism)

PI 100, Life and Works of Jose Rizal

ARTS 1, Critical Perspectives in the Arts
COMM 10, Critical Perspectives in Communication
ETHICS 1, Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Everyday Life
MATH 10, Math, Culture, and Society
MIN STUD 1, Mindanao Studies 1
PHILARTS 1, Philippine Arts and Culture
KAS 1, Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas
SAS 1, Self and Society
SCIENCE 10, Probing the Physical World
SCIENCE 11, Living Systems: Concepts and Dynamics
STS 1, Science, Technology and Society
WIKA 1, Wika, Kultura, at Lipunan


Assoc. Prof. Junaldo A. Mantiquilla, PhD
Chairperson, Dept. of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies
College of Science and Mathematics
University of the Philippines Mindanao
Mintal, Tugbok Dist., Davao City
Tel No.: (+63)(082) 293-0302

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