Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS)

The Institute was formally established on 23 March 1983 under EO 889, as a system of centers of excellence in the basic sciences. The existing staff of the former Departments of Botany, Life Sciences and Zoology formed its core members. The objective of the Institute is to advance basic knowledge in the biological sciences relevant to national development.

Since its establishment, IBS has continued to provide full support for instruction, research, and extension for a nationwide and even international clientele. Today, it holds the distinction of handling the largest number of courses and students in the University. In recognition of its leading role, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) reaffirmed its status as a Center of Excellence in Biology in 1999.

IBS for the past years has found its rightful place in the scientific community, attaining a leading position in instruction, research and extension among the National Centers of Excellence in the basic sciences. The degree programs being offered are:

BS Biology MS Genetics PhD Botany

MS Botany MS Zoology PhD Genetics

MS Microbiology PhD Microbiology PhD Molecular Biology and Biotechnology


Institute of Chemistry (IC)

Established in 1983 together with IBS as National Center of Excellence in Chemistry through EO889, the Institute is mandated to strengthen and expand both academic and research programs in basic and applied chemistry in support of the agricultural, industrial, and rural development thrust of the country. It offers the following degree programs:

BS Chemistry MS Chemistry

BS Agricultural Chemistry PhD Agricultural Chemistry

MS Agricultural Chemistry PhD Chemistry

MS Biochemistry

IC is also being recognized as one of CHED’s Center of Excellence in Chemistry.


Institute of Computer Science (ICS)

As CHED’s Center of Excellence in Information Technology, the Institute is mandated to produce top caliber graduates to satisfy the manpower needs of the software industry in the Philippines and the information and processing requirements of private and government institutions. The degree programs being offered are:

BS Computer Science MS Information Technology

MS Computer Science PhD Computer Science


Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP)

IMSP was established in 1983 as one of the National Centers of Excellence in the Basic Sciences to help advance science and technology in the country and to strengthen and broaden the national capability to train scientific leaders and conduct research in the basic sciences. In 1998 the Division of Mathematics of IMSP was recognized by CHED as a Center of Excellence in Mathematics Education and this was reaffirmed in 2006 until at present. On the other hand, the Division of Physics of IMSP was recognized as a Center of Development in Physics Education in 1998. As a degree-granting unit, IMSP offers the following programs:

BS Applied Mathematics BS Mathematics

BS Applied Physics MS Mathematics


Institute of Statistics (INSTAT)

Recognized as CHED’s Center of Development in Statistics since 2008 the Institute of Statistics is mandated to accelerate and intensify instruction, research, and extension efforts in statistics supportive of science and technology. It offers the following degree programs:

BS Statistics MS Statistics PhD Statistics


Department of Humanities (DHUM)

The Department is tasked with language instruction, primarily English, the enrichment of literary taste through the promotion of literature and the audio-visual and performing arts, and the inculcation of values and the development of critical thinking through the general education or foundation courses of the University. The degree programs being offered are:

BA Communication Arts BA Philosophy MA Communication Arts


Department of Social Sciences (DSS)

The Department is engaged in instruction, research and extension activities in the field of Social Sciences at UP Los Baños. It offers the social sciences component of the General Education Program (GE) for UPLB and services academic programs of other colleges that require social science courses as electives. The DSS programs produce graduates imbued with the sociological consciousness and imagination, enabling them to increasingly relate themselves meaningfully to social change and national development. It offers the following degree programs:

BA Sociology MA Sociology 


Department of Human Kinetics (DHK)

The Department provides balanced physical education courses and activities for the students, and recreational activities for the university constituents. It offers the Foundation of Physical Fitness (PE 1), and other courses in the Basic Skills in Sports (PE 2), and in Advance Courses in Sports (PE 3). UPLB students are required to take PE1, the Foundation of Physical Fitness. They may elect to enrol several sports in PE2, the Basic Skills in Sports; and in PE3, Advance Courses in Sports.


UP Rural High School (UPRHS)

The UPRHS has undergone several changes since its establishment in June 1929. It was founded as a subsidiary of the Department of Agricultural Education and Rural Studies as a center of research in agricultural education. To date, it serves as a laboratory arm of the Math and Science Teaching Program (MSTP). With continuing evaluation of its programs, UPRHS has remained and continues to be recognized as “state university high school of high academic achievement and of strong commitment to its continuing task of molding the youth.”