Biology: the epicenter of science in the 21st century
Biology, the science of life has been and will always be the core of the natural sciences. It is the scientific exploration of the enormous and diverse world of living organisms; an exploration that revealed a wealth of knowledge about ourselves and about the millions of other living organisms with whom we share this planet Earth. In the 21st Century, Biology spans an almost infinite spectrum of studies from molecules to ecosystems. The study of biology is vital in understanding and in finding solutions to complex problems facing mankind including human health and disease, overpopulation, malnutrition, global warming, loss of biodiversity, environmental pollution, and many more.
The Department of Biological Sciences is the largest in the College of Science in terms of student and faculty population and has always remained at the forefront in the field of Biology in the university. Since 1999, the Department has attained the status of “Center of Development” from the Commission of Higher Education. The UST-College of Science biology program is designed to provide students the opportunity to integrate, interpret, translate biological phenomena and environmental observations, and then use these information to make meaningful decisions. The Biology curriculum and the research programs of the Department of Biological Sciences reflect the new concepts along the field, benchmarked with international standards and practices, and designed to meet present and future educational needs of Biology majors.
A graduate of Biology can work as:
- Medical doctor & health worker
- Biology researcher
- technician, manager
- Conservation and environmental
- Forensic scientist
- Science journalist
- Consultant for lawmakers and government agencies
Employers love scientists! The combination of biology-specific, general skills, and the unique Thomasian education developed in a UST Biology program means that Thomasian biologists are versatile and competitive in the job market. The curious and investigative mind that will be developed from a UST-Biology program will be of value to employers in all industry sectors, not just in science. Many UST biology graduates have very successful careers in commerce, industry, the civil service, and in the non-profit sector, aside from the other countless successful UST-Biology alumni scientists, medical doctors, and academicians.
The Department of Biological Sciences has the following facilities:
- Seven teaching/research laboratories at the UST Main Building
- The Botanical Garden Complex
- Lecture rooms equipped with multimedia facilities toensure quality learning environment
- Access to the taxonomy collection of the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences
- the UST Botanical Garden
- the UST Herbarium
- the UST Collection for Microbial Strains
- and the Research Center for the Natural Sciences for additional research needs
The department has a faculty lineup dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to learn the principles and facts in this ever-expanding field of biology through education, research and community service. The faculty members of the Biology Department are: 100% postgraduate degree holders (masteral and doctoral degrees were obtained from prestigious local and international institutions) Officers and members of national and international professional organizations Recipients of national awards including the “Outstanding Young Scientists (of the Philippines)” Highly qualified and productive researchers recognized by the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Council of the Philippines Mentors of award-winning students Consultants of government agencies and organizations