The Institute of Biological Sciences 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 Institute’s mission is to become a leading center for teaching, research and extension in biology in the Asian Region. Its vision is to have academic excellence in biology with relevance to present day needs for national economic development, productive ecosystems and improvement of human conditions. Its objective 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 Botany
- MS Genetics
- MS Microbiology
- MS Zoology
- PhD Botany
- PhD Genetics
- PhD Microbiology
- PhD Molecular Biology and Biotechnology