BS Biology Program

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Program Specification

  • Awarding Institution
De La Salle University
  • College/School
College of Science
  • Program accredited by/assessed by
Philippine Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU), valid  for 5 years (May 2013 to May 2018)

Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), Level IV (valid December 2013 to April 2018)

Commission on Higher Education – Center of Excellence in Biology (valid August 2016 to 31 May 2015)
  • Name of Final Award
Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Program Title
Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Description of the Program
The BS Biology program provides a well-rounded education in the life sciences, with equivalent emphasis on plant, animal and microbial fields.  Students are introduced to the basic subjects of Zoology and Botany in their freshman year to serve as springboard for more specialized subjects such as Genetics, Physiology and Embryology in their next two years.  The program also stresses the importance of biological research and inculcates basic skills in research methods and experimental work via consecutive Bioresearch subjects.  Biology major is exposed to the different aspects of Biology through lectures, laboratory works, research and field trips.

The program not only gives students a firm foothold of the underlying principles of biology.  It also relates learning to present-day social and environmental issues such as population control, genetics and heredity, environmental preservation, or breakthroughs in the medical frontier.  The Department of Biology also provides service courses to Liberal Arts, Computer Science, College of Education and Business students. 
  • Expected Learning Outcomes

 

  • Have an in-depth understanding of the basic principles governing biosciences
  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in the biological sciences, including the fields of cell biology, organismic biology, ecology, evolution, molecular biology, genetics, developmental biology and physiology
  • Demonstrate understanding of the levels of biological organization, including the molecular, cellular, organismal, and systems levels, their relatedness and interactions.
  • Be able to extend knowledge and understanding to a critical assessment of current views and theories in selected areas of the biosciences such as areas in evolution, systematics and taxonomy, environmental issues, genetic manipulation, molecular engineering, prophylaxis and therapeutics in genetic disorders and other diseases, and others.
  • Be able to perform basic biological and chemical technics in either a lab or fieldwork research setting
  • Be able to carry out basic mathematics and statistical computations
  • Have adequate technical writing skills and effective oral communication abilities
  • Develop critical, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • Develop the skills required for both autonomous practice and teamwork
  • Be able to think critically, solve problems, and appreciate the limitations and implications of science in everyday life
  • Develop an objective viewpoint for discerning information and analyzing biases of other people
  • Be precise in making observations and able to distinguish small differences between samples and events
  • Have a strong sense of ethical behaviour

 

  • Admission Requirements

 

 

All students must pass the DLSU College Admission Test.  The information regarding applications, testing dates and venues, release of results, and other requirements including those from foreign applicants may be viewed at http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/admissions/undergraduate/. Downloadable forms and brochures are likewise available from this site.

The University offers a variety of scholarships for academic, merit, and financial assistance.  Information on scholarships, grants, and loans may be obtained from http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/scholarships/grants.asp.
  • Program Overview
The program consists of 178 units distributed as follows:
CHED-mandated GE courses
(English, Filipino, Humanities, Social Sciences and Rizal)
53
DLSU-specified GE courses 10
Non-Biology toll courses
(Chemistry, Physics, Math)
33
Core Biology courses 43
Electives 33
Thesis 6
The regular period of study is for nine (9) terms which includes a 2-unit Practicum during one summer.
  • Curriculum and Program Structure
The curriculum and program structure are given in the Program Checklist.  A curriculum map also shows the translation of the program objectives into the various courses in the program.
  • Teaching and Learning Strategy, Assessment
Student-centered teaching and learning strategies are utilized.  Lectures are complemented by laboratory exercises and projects.  Reaction papers, class presentations, film showing, field trips and field experimentation, pre- and post-lab discussions and analyses, laboratory reports are part of the requirements of individual courses.  Practicum and submission of a thesis are required.  Teaching and learning are facilitated by educational technologies.  A variety of assessment methods which are aligned with the learning activities and course objectives is utilized.
  • Date of revision
AY 2013-2014