Curriculum (BS Biology)

Through time, the BS Biology curriculum, since its establishment should adapt on the fast changing world, thus revision was made by virtue of BOT Resolution # 517 s. 2005. From the first and the oldest SLSU BS Biology curriculum which was based on CHED. CMO No. 59 s. 1996, it was revised and had conformed with CHED CMO No. 24 s. 2005. This curriculum (see PDF file below this page) was implemented since 1st semester of 2007-2008 until the present. But since the implementation of the Department of Education’s K-12 program, another BS Biology curriculum revision is mandatory, this time by virtue of CMO CHED No. 49 s. 2017.

Courses Offered

Course Code/Course Title

Course Description



BCH 01- Organic Molecules

This course deals with the study of carbon-hydrogen containing compounds and their derivatives; such as alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, arenes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, thiols, sulfides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amines and amides.  It covers nomenclature, physical and chemical properties and stereochemistry of organic compounds.

The laboratory component of the subject involves experimentation wherein the topics in the lecture is represented with activities or experiments to enrich understanding of concepts or principles. 



3 units (2 units lec/1 unit laboratory

BCH 02- Analytical Methods for Biology

The course starts with discussion on measurement employing the importance of expressing data with correct significant figures, precision and accuracy.  It covers the principles and analytical methods applied in gravimetric analysis, titration, electrochemistry, spectroscopy and chromatography.  The analytical techniques were applied in water (DO, temperature, conductivity, pH, water hardness, turbidity), air, and soil analyses.

The laboratory component of the subject involves experimentation utilizing available apparatus, equipment, reagents and other materials in the Chemistry laboratory.  Each of the topics in the lecture is represented with experiments or activities/ exercises to enrich understanding of theoretical concepts. 

BCH 01

3 units (2 units lec/1 unit laboratory

BCH 03- Biomolecules

Biomolecules covers the structures, properties and significance of the major groups of biochemical compounds, such as carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes and lipids. It also includes metabolisms of carbohydrates, central dogma of molecular biology, and the role of enzymes in biochemical reactions.    

BCH 02

5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

BOT 01- General Botany

This course is designed to acquaint biology students with the fundamental knowledge in Botany and to prepare them for advanced botany courses. The focus of the lecture and laboratory activities in this course is on basic plant morphology and anatomy, plant growth and development, plant biotechnology, and plant ecology and systematics.


5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

ZOO 01- General Zoology 

This course deals with the study of the structure and bodily functions of animals; their habits; where and how they live; their relations to one another and to their environment; and their classification including theories and laws that relate to animal life.


The laboratory section of the course is designed to allow                                            students to become familiar with the form and function of major                                                                  animal phyla through observation of living animals, study of prepared slides, examination of model specimens and dissection of live and preserved specimens. 



5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

ZOO 02- Comparative Anatomy

Phylogenetic development of organs and organ systems of different vertebrate groups from a morphologic and physiological point of view. It covers the phylogenetic histogenesis and divisions of vertebrates.

ZOO 01

5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

ZOO 03 Parasitology

ZOO 03 is a 2-unit lecture and 1-unit laboratory course that discusses morphology and life histories of protozoa, helminth and arthropod parasites, as well as host-parasite relationships and control.

ZOO 01; MCB 01

3 units (2 units lec/1 unit laboratory

BIO 01 – Ecology

General Ecology is a 5-unit introductory course on the biology and properties of ecological systems. Its general concepts and principles pertain to the complex pattern of interactions between the physical environment and the communities on Earth. Emphasis is given on the current issues, especially in the Philippine context. 


 Its laboratory session deals with the basic principles and methodologies pertaining to population and community structure and the assessment of environmental quality

BOT 01, ZOO 01

5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

BIO 02- Genetics

This course is designed to provide the students the understanding and appreciation of the basic concepts and principles of genetics and its related fields. It includes the basic information about the mechanisms of heredity and variation, cytogenetics, mutations, nature of genes, population genetics and evolutionary genetics, quantitative genetics and biometrical procedures.

BOT 01, ZOO 01

5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

BIO 03- Physiology

This course is designed to provide the students to understand and                        appreciate the principles and fundamental aspects of vital plant             functions and principles of biological functions observed for members of the Animal Kingdom

BOT01; ZOO 01; BCH 03

5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

BIO 04- Cell and Molecular Biology

This course covers the discussion on the cell, the basic unit of life. Emphasis will be placed on the structural features of the different cellular organelles, the connections of the basic cellular processes and the importance of biomolecule properties for their control and regulation.

BIO02; BCH 03            


5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

BIO 05- Developmental Biology

Early development of representative vertebrates, processes and principles will be the focus of discussion in this course. It will explain why and how the organization of an entire organism come about from a single, undifferentiated cell is a remarkable and complex features


BOT01, ZOO 01


5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

BIO 06- Evolutionary Biology

This is a course in evolutionary biology that uses animal and plant examples to illustrate and clarify fundamental concepts in evolution. The course will concentrate on basic evolutionary mechanisms and theory. During the semester, the students will analyze classical as well as more recent contributions to the understanding of evolution as the unifying concept in biology.


5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

BIO 07- Systematics

Scientific study of the kinds and diversity of organisms (populations, species and higher taxa) and the relationships among them, determination by means of comparison of what the unique properties of each species and higher taxa are, properties certain taxon have in common and biological causes of the difference or shared characteristics, study of variation within taxa.

BOT01; ZOO 01


5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

BIO 08- Principles and Methods of Teaching Biological Sciences

This course covers the principles and methods of teaching biological sciences.  These two aspects are discussed side by side by covering the principles underlying the teaching-learning process and applying them with different methodologies.  The topics covered are elements in the teaching-learning process, the learner and the learning process, professional qualities of a teacher, goals of science education, objectivism and constructivism, instructional approaches and methods, lesson planning, classroom teaching and assessment in natural sciences.


3 units

MCB 01 General Microbiology

MCB 01 cover the anatomy, physiology and genetics of microorganisms, such as bacteria, algae, fungi, protozoans. This course involves the study of the roles of microorganisms in the environment and their applications in industry and in medicine. Discussions on viruses, viroids and prion particles are also included.


The laboratory course provides the students with practical experience in the study of microorganisms. Experiments are designed to include techniques for the identification of microorganisms based on their physical and physiological characteristics. Students will be trained in the use of aseptic technique for basic microbial applications. These applications include procedures for control of microbial growth, screening for microbial contamination of food and water samples and the use of microorganisms for production in industry

BOT 01, ZOO 01

5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

MCB 02- Industrial Microbiology

This course covers the discussion on the microbiological and physiological aspects of fermentation processes with emphasis on the microbial cell and its cultivation, enzyme and enzyme technology, cell kinetics and fermenter design, bioreactors, downstream processing and waste treatments as one of industrial microbiology’s application.


5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

MCB 03- Microbial Physiology

This course introduce the student to basic concepts of the functioning of bacteria, stressing pathogenic bacteria. The relationship of cell structure to function and the role of that function in pathogenicity will be stressed.  Lectures will cover a topic to give students an understanding of the particular topic. A timely, pertinent paper will be discussed following each lecture topic, emphasizing to the student current research in that particular area of microbial physiology. Each lecture topic will have an equivalent laboratory activity that will further enhance their skills and perform actual experiments to understand microbial physiology

MCB01, BIO 03

5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

MCB 04- Food Microbiology

MCB 04 is a five unit course consisting of lecture (three units) and laboratory classes (two units).This course explores the microflora of food as affected by processing/preservation techniques with emphasis on the beneficial groups of microorganisms, pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms.

MCB 01

5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

MCB 05- Microbial Ecology

Microbes are the most abundant and diverse organisms on the Earth. Collectively, they are responsible for regulating the flow of energy and cycling of elements in the soil, water, and atmosphere. Furthermore, microorganisms are important for producing food and for keeping us healthy. In this course, we will explore the evolutionary and ecological processes that generate and maintain microbial biodiversity. Students will be exposed to contemporary microbiological, molecular, and bioinformatic approaches that are used to study microorganisms in a variety of habitats, including soils, oceans, and the human gut. Core principles will be reinforced and evaluated through a variety of learning tools including

quizzes, a laboratory experiment, team projects, discussion of the primary literature, and inclass exams.

BIO 01, MCB01

5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

MCB 06- Microbial Genetics

Mechanism behind stability and change, evolution and dynamics in microbial genomes, genetic aspects of extrachromosomal elements such as bacteriophage and plasmid and mechanisms behind the information flow from DNA to proteins and the multiple levels at which gene expression can be regulated. The laboratory focuses on the important and common methods in microbial genetics.  

MCB 01 & BIO 02

5 units: (3 units lecture; 2 units laboratory)

MCB 07- Virology

MCB 07 is a 3-unit lecture course dealing with the important principles of virology. Introductory part is about what viruses are and how they spread within individuals and populations of bacteria, plants and animals. The molecular biology of viral replication; virus-host interactions; methods of diagnosis, detection, natural and artificial control of viruses; emerging viruses and their impact to science and society; and the current uses of viruses in various scientific fields are discussed.


3 units lecture

BST 01- Statistical Biology

Statistical modelling of biological data; parametric and nonparametric tests for comparing means; analysis of relationships among variables; probit analysis; linear discriminant analysis; cluster analysis; analysis of categorical data

GEC 05

3 units (2 units lec/1 unit laboratory

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