Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts. This four year program seeks to produce graduates with a thorough understanding of the communication process within the context of man’s cultural and historical heritage. Based on a humanistic outlook, the program seeks to give the student a broad background in the humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, as well as training in writing, speech communication, theater arts, public relations and advertising. The student may choose to conduct a thesis, a practicum or take an education option. In the education option, the student takes a minimum of 18 units of professional education courses as required by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports for high school teachers.
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. This four-year program harnesses the student’s critical thinking, creativity, innovativeness and sensitivity to Philippine issues. 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 emphasizes the role of research and extension in the uncovering of the richness of the Filipino mind imbedded in Philippine culture, arts, politics and folkways throughout Philippine history.
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. This four-year program provides the student with a holistic view of life through the integration of the biological sciences such as zoology, botany and microbiology with the physical sciences like physics and chemistry. It allows the student to choose a major from the following fields and disciplines of Biology: Cell Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Systematics, Wildlife Biology and Zoology. To meet the major requirements, the students may select any of the following options; (1) 6 units thesis plus a minimum of 24 units of major course work, (2) 3 units special problem plus a minimum of 27 units of course work, (3) 6 units practicum plus a minimum of 24 units of major course work, (4) a minimum of 30 units of major course work, and (5) education option which includes 18 units of education courses and 12 units of specialized courses.
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. This four-year program provides the students with a solid foundation in statistics and mathematics through core and major courses, and an exposure to one or two substantive fields through 24 units of electives and specialization courses. A normal plan of course work includes basic mathematics up to advanced calculus, 47 units of statistics, 30 units of mathematics and computer science courses and 45 units outside statistics and mathematics.
In addition to the above degree programs, the College of Arts and Sciences also offers the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Chemistry, a five-year degree program offered jointly with the College of Agriculture. This course prepares students mainly for research, especially in agriculture and related fields. The curriculum includes 12 units of specialized courses and provides for a minimum of 60 units of chemistry as required by the Board of Chemists under the Professional Regulation Commission. Agricultural courses such as crop protection and animal science, and crop science are also required.