BS Biology

Programme Description

BS Biology is a 4-year undergraduate honors program that provides a rigorous approach to the biological sciences. Its curriculum, consisting of essential biological disciplines and over 50 options for majors’ electives, is excellent preparation for medical schools, as well as for graduate studies in institutions here and abroad. Majors choose from among four areas of Specialization, namely: Biomedical Science, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Systematics, and Microbiology. These being the research areas of the Department, the majors are given rigorous training through innovative lecture and laboratory courses and through the undergraduate Thesis and Practicum. Majors choose eight electives within their chosen area, ultimately leading to a formal Specialization in that area upon graduation.

The BS Biology program provides the most comprehensive preparation for further education in biology and related fields, including medical studies. Since 1971, the B.S. Biology program has been the primary pre-medical program in the University, graduating (as of May 2018) 1,369 individuals, a significant majority of whom went on to pursue medical studies. Virtually 100% of our medically inclined graduates have enrolled in one of the top medical schools in the country and even abroad. Graduate research programs are also a common option for our majors. The program produces the best researchers, practitioners, and educators in medicine, biodiversity and conservation, microbiology, and molecular biology. Others have found use for their analytical skills and discipline in diverse fields such as law, consultancy, and business.

Starting in the academic year of 2018-2019, incoming majors of the BS Biology program will be enrolling in revamped curricula, whose changes coincide with the national-level changes in the educational system (called the “K-12,” which essentially adds two years to basic education). The new B.S. Biology program is once again a 4-year course, and it allows its majors to choose one of four Specializations: Biomedical Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Systematics, Microbiology. It requires both a practicum and a thesis for completion.

Programme Specification Overview

Awarding Body and Teaching Institution: Ateneo de Manila University
Academic Unit: Loyola Schools
Name of School: School of Science and Engineering
Name of Department: Department of Biology
Programme Title: Bachelor of Science in Biology
Programme Level: Undergraduate
Name of the Final Award: Bachelo of Science in Biology
Mode of Study/ Study Scheme: Full-time
Required Credit Units: 175 units
Medium of Instruction: English
Length of Program: 4 years (8 Semesters and 3 Intersessions)
Statutory Body Accreditation: PAASCU Level III
CHED Center of Excellence
CHED Autonomous University


Programme Learning Outcomes

Core Curriculum Programme Learning Outcomes

CC PLO1 Demonstrates effective communication skills (listening and speaking, reading and writing) in English and Filipino
CC PLO2 Evaluates information and issues in various spheres of life using mathematical reasoning and statistical tools to process and manage data
CC PLO3 Proposes ways to address pressing social and ecological problems using appropriate critical approaches and scientific methodologies
CC PLO4 Develops a creative and moral imagination that is responsive to contemporary global realities and challenges, but also deeply rooted in local histories, conditions, norms, and institutions
CC PLO5 Internalizes the significance and value of her/his own unique existence and purpose in life in light of Christian faith
CC PLO6 Discerns life choices with a keen awareness of ethical dilemmas and considerations
CC PLO7 Exemplifies a commitment to enhancing human life and dignity, especially of those who are excluded and in greatest need
CC PLO8 Practices a vision of leadership and committed citizenship rooted in Christian humanism


BS Biology Major Programme Learning Outcomes


MPLO1 Discuss with conviction basic biological concepts in both formal and informal settings. 
MPLO2 Determine the appropriate methodologies in approaching a specific scientific problem. 
MPLO3 Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in basic field and laboratory techniques and data analysis. 
MPLO4 Produce high quality outputs (e.g. research, products, etc.) that will contribute to the society. 
MPLO5 Apply ethical principles in their respective practices. 
MPLO6 Initiate social transformation through strong leadership in their chosen disciplines. 
MPLO7 Demonstrate love for all life that translates into concrete action toward its protection and conservation. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Biology must satisfy the University requirements for admission. The applicant should pass the Ateneo College Admission Test (ACET) and belong to the top 15 percentile of the takers. ACET Passers who are not coming from STEM Strand in Senior High School have to take and pass bridging courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.

Retention Policies

For a student of the B.S. Biology program to stay in his/her program in the succeeding school year, he/she must have: 

  1. had a yearly QPI of 2.50 or above in the previous school year;
  2. passed all the Biology fundamental courses in the first year for students from the SHS STEM strand;
  3. pass the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics bridging courses in addition to the courses mentioned above for students from the SHS non-STEM strands;
  4. not had more than three (3) Ds and Fs in science subjects (Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics) for the duration of his/her program;
  5. not had more than three (3) Ds in Biology subjects for the duration of his/her program;
  6. not failed any Biology course; and
  7. should he/she be unable to meet any or several of the above requirements, been recommended for retention by at least two (2) members of the Department of Biology faculty and undergone an interview with the Department Chairperson and/or Undergraduate Programs Coordinator. A student who is allowed to stay in his/her course under these circumstances will be on Probationary status, with the exception of freshies (incoming sophomores), who will be on Warning status over the Intersession and 1stSemester of their 2ndyear. Sophomores on Warning status who are unable to satisfy the retention requirements (including the minimum required cumulative QPI of 2.50 for the Intersession and the 1stSemester) will be put on Probationary status for their 2ndSemester, in which case their yearly QPI for 2ndyear must reach a minimum of 2.50. If a student on Probation still fails to reach the required yearly QPI on his/her Probationary year, he/she must shift out of the course. 

Shifting Policies

For a student of another Department to be allowed to shift into B.S. Biology, he/she must have: 

  1. had a cumulative QPI of 2.75 in the previous school year or in the last two semesters (excluding the Intersession);
  2. had a grade of C+ or higher in all science and engineering subjects (Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics) taken, including Natural Science courses;
  3. undergone an interview with the Department Chairperson and/or Undergraduate Programs Coordinator; and
  4. met all other shifting requirements set by the OCGC and the OADAA.

If the shifting student did not come from the STEM strand in Senior High School, he/she must follow the non-STEM track of the B.S. Biology program in addition to the above conditions.

Last updated: 3 September 2019