Department of Biology

CHED Center of Development

CHED Center of Development
Marine Science

Level III FAAP accreditation
Undergraduate programs

Level II FAAP accreditation
Graduate programs


Founded in 1952, the Department of Biology initially offered a Bachelor of Science major in Zoology degree. A preparatory medicine program and B.S. degrees with majors in Botany and Biology were added by 1960, and the department offered in 1966 the first Master of Science in Biology program in southern Philippines. These early years were marked by numerous field expeditions led by Fr. Heinrich Schoenig, SVD, which allowed the department to amass a large collection of flora and fauna which are still on display in the Biological Collection of the USC Museum. In 1970, the department offered a B.S. in Marine Biology and, in 1977, a corresponding M.S. in Marine Biology program. Finally, in 2010, a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology program was offered with tracks in bioscience, marine biology, and environmental science.

Recognizing its crucial role in southern Philippines, the Commission on Higher Education designated the department as a Center of Development (COD) in Biology, producing graduates who are instrumental in promoting the study of our terrestrial and aquatic natural resources for sustainable socio-economic development, and solving problems and issues in our environment. As a regional science education center, the department plays a key role in the decentralization of biology education, training, and research, and contributes to improving the capabilities of other institutions in the region by upgrading their teaching and research faculties.

For more information, contact:
The Chair, Department of Biology
Room ES239, Arnoldus Science Complex
Talamban Campus, Nasipit, Cebu City 6000
Trunkline +63 32 230 0100 local 156, 227, 419 (telefax)
Email or

Programs offered

Doctor of Philosophy in Biology (Ph.D. Bio.)
Tracks: Bioscience, Marine Biology, Environmental Science
Master of Science in Biology (M.S. Bio.)
Master of Science in Marine Biology (M.S. M.B.)
Master of Science in Environmental Science (M.S. E.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Biology (B.S. Bio.)
Bachelor of Science in Biology major in Environmental Science (B.S. Bio.-E.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology (B.S. M.B.)

Career tracks

Graduates of biology, marine biology, and environmental science have diverse choices of careers in academe, government, agri-aqua business, and eco-tourism industry. Majority of B.S. Biology graduates proceed to medicine, although some choose to join civil society and non-government organizations as environmentalists and marine scientists. Graduates in marine biology and environmental science pursue careers in research and development, or obtain graduate degrees and are employed in academic institutions in the Philippines and overseas. Some start their own businesses or provide consultancy services to local government units and the private sector.

Research areas

Natural resource management

Our research framework in natural resource management encompasses the “ridge to reef” concept. Team members focus mainly on biodiversity and ecological studies, including species inventory and resource validation.

Medical and agricultural entomology

Climate change has increased the vertical range of tropical insect vectors of medical and agricultural importance. Researches in this area focus on distribution studies of mosquitoes and economically important bugs and bees. This group collaborates with other departments and government agencies in conducting bio-socio-economic surveys.

Industrial microbiology

Research efforts in this area aim to identify, quantify, and purify products produced by microbes collected from extreme environments (e.g., hot springs, acidic areas). Our collection of microbes can be made available for collaborative research.

Biotechnology and material science

This research group is engaged in studies on lipidomics and natural products, genomics/systematics, toxicology and bioremediation studies, development of aquaculture and mariculture technology including hybridization of cultured organisms.

Facilities and equipment


  • Marine Station, Maribago, Mactan Island, Cebu
  • Entomological Collection, USC Museum
  • Marine Biology Collection, USC Museum


  • Aquatic light meter
  • Autoclaves
  • Bio-safety cabinet
  • Centrifuges
  • Conductivity meters
  • Electrophoresis system
  • Furnaces
  • Hot-air sterilizers
  • Micro-homogenizer
  • Illuminator
  • Incubator
  • Laser range meter
  • Micro casting set
  • Microscopes, including an epifluorescent microscope
  • PCR (Real-Time) machine
  • Psychrometer
  • Refractometer
  • Rotary evaporator
  • Semi-analytic balances
  • Soil tester
  • UV-visible spectrophotometer
  • Water distilling unit

Student life

The Biology Integrated Organization is the co-curricular student organization of the department.

Alumni association

Graduates of all programs can join the Biology Alumni Association.