The Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas stated as the Department of Zoology of the former College of Liberal Arts. It provided the basic requirements for Biology in the Bachelor of Arts program as well as the Associate in Arts program, a two-year-requisite in Pre-Law and Pre-Medicine.The existing interest in the objectives of the department led to the development of the B.S. Zoology program. Six graduates received the B.S. from 1936 to 1948. The first batch of post-war Majors in Zoology was granted their degrees in 1949.
The department continuously stirred great interest in this field of study as proven by the consistently increasing enrollment in the years that followed. The pre-medicine program was strengthened in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Animal Sciences. This led to the development of the four-year B.S. General Curriculum. It was in the late 1970’s that the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports issued a directive that the B.S. General program be further infused with more dynamic sciences such as Ecology and Biostatistics. This eventually led to the evolution of the B.S. Biology program in the late 1980’s, hence, transforming the Department of Zoology into the Department of Biological Sciences. Now, the department is the largest in the College of Science in terms of student and faculty population.
Since its inception, the Department has been witness to many changes and milestones. In 1979, the Department was the first in the Philippines to offer a B.S. Microbiology program making UST the only Philippine university offering the said degree. The department was likewise granted the status “Center of Excellence” in Biology by the Commission on Higher Education.
- To develop well-informed and responsible Christian professional biologists equipped with knowledge and skills to pursue careers in teaching, research and graduate studies in biology or related fields or venture in business biotechniques
- To equip non-biology major with basic biological principles they can utilize in their own areas of interest
- To promote among the faculty members active research which can contribute to quality education and the advancement of science
- to participate in the national effort of protecting and conserving the environment by supporting activities such as reforestation, waste management and pollution control
Mission & Vision of the Department
Program Intended Learning Outcomes (PILO)