Undergraduate Programs
Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts

This program seeks to produce graduates who demonstrate proficiency in various theories of language, communication, literature, and performance, and exhibit analytical and integrative skills in the application of these theories in the cultural and creative industries and other settings. Students are trained to synthesize various humanistic worldviews through oral, written, and performative communication, as well as produce researches and creative works that promote the empowerment of the self and the nation.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

This four-year program, which has three option namely thesis, non-thesis and practicum options, complements the science and technology-oriented program of the technical colleges and institutes of UPLB. It seeks to combine the breadth of the liberal arts tradition, the depth of specialization in the field of sociology, and the flexibility of a wide range of electives in the social sciences.

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

The BA Philosophy program trains students in analysis, abstraction, and argumentation. It focuses on analytic and applied philosophy. The emphasis on analytic philosophy is designed to improve the analytical ability of the student; the student is expected to have a firmer grasp of linguistic and conceptual nuances‚ greater proficiency in problem-solving‚ and an overall improved capacity of understanding issues and topics. The focus on applied philosophy is geared towards producing intellectuals with a robust sense of how the abstract and theoretical ultimately bear on the practical world. The thrust of the program is to produce graduates who will exert pioneering efforts to uncover, highlight, and examine indigenous Filipino thought through speculative analysis. The program is an effective preparatory course for law and related graduate programs.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics

This four-year curriculum provides an updated training in applied mathematics. It offers two options to the student, namely, Operations Research and Actuarial Science. Both require 145 units, 22 units of which are specialized courses in each of the two options.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics

The degree program allows the students to choose a specialization in the following fields: (1) Instrumentation Physics, (2) Computer Hardware Physics, and (3) Agricultural Physics. The initial research thrusts of the Applied Physics Laboratory are in these areas. The student shall be required to take the courses covering pure and applied physics and area-specialized courses. The core courses are classified into two categories: pure physics and applied physics. The ability to solve practical problems involving physics naturally rests on one’s knowledge of the fundamental concepts and principles in physics. The student acquires this knowledge through a series of course in pure physics covering mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, statistical and thermal physics, structure of matter and methods of mathematical physics. On the other hand, the actual applications of the principles learned in the pure physics courses invariably involve the measurement of a physical quantity using an instrument. It may even require the design of an instrument. Thus, to acquire necessary background, students take applied physics courses, covering electronics and environmental physics.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

The program provides updated training for 21st century biologists in the light of the expanding knowledge in the biological sciences. It aims to expose students to cutting-edge developments in Biology in order to produce graduates that are well-honed in field research as well as in laboratory investigations. The BS Biology program holds the distinction of being the first academic degree program in UPLB to be accredited by the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) in 2014. The curriculum includes 41 units of core biology courses (BIO, BOT, MCB, ZOO), 26 units of ancillary courses (MATH, STAT, CHEM, PHYS), 24 units of major courses, 27 units of GE courses, 6 units of social science and humanities courses, 9 units of free elective courses, 3 units of practicum, 1 unit of undergraduate seminar, and 6 units of undergraduate thesis. Students are allowed to choose from the following areas/disciplines of biology as their major field: Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Systematics, Wildlife Biology, and Zoology.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The curriculum is a four-year program designed to prepare students for a career in research and/or teaching in chemistry. It includes a minimum of 60 units of chemistry as required by the Board of Chemists under the Professional Regulation Commission and three units of electives.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

This four year degree program was instituted in response to the demand for staff with a high level of technical and professional training required by business, industry, government and the academic community to perform specific functions ranging from the lowest level professional to the highest level researcher and educator. The program aims to prepare the students for instruction, research activities related to the discipline, for advanced studies in Computer Science, and to train them to develop software systems. Three areas of computer science constitute the core courses of the program, namely, system software, data base management and theory of computing.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics program is a four-year curriculum designed for students who wish to study mathematics as a science. The curriculum aims to equip students with broad knowledge and training in pure mathematics and prepare them for research and teaching mathematics at the college and high school level.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Science Teaching

This curricular program is an improved version of the BS Education program as far as science and mathematics teaching is concerned. Having 27 to 39 units of major courses (all content courses) and 3 minor areas that carry 12 to 24 units each, the BS MST program is designed to yield versatile teachers who can teach with proficiency all high school mathematics and science course. The BS MST program offers an integrated curriculum that is highly focused on mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. The 16 units of MST courses, which are lacking in the BSED curriculum, will produce graduates who can teach and do action research using current technology, strategies and methods. In addition, the program will produce competent teachers who deal more on the development of higher-order thinking skills among students.

Bachelor of Science in Statistics

The Bachelor of Science in Statistics (BS STAT) is a four-year degree program with a total of 143 academic units in its curriculum which includes courses in statistics, mathematics, and computer science. The rest of the courses include elective and general education courses. The program is designed to make a BS Statistics graduate flexible through exposure to the basic sciences, to build a career in business, industry, academe or government, or to pursue graduate studies in statistics and its allied fields.


Recognized as a CHED’s Center of Excellence in Statistics, 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