Major in Zoology

Program Faculty

Dr. Ma. Dalisay G. Maligalig

Head, Animal Biology Division 

Dr. Leticia E. Afuang

Prof. Maria Eleanor B. Aurellado

Prof. Joselito A. Baril

Dr. Vivian DLC. Camacho

Prof. Mary Grace B. Dacuma (on study leave)

Prof. Emmanuel Ryan C. De Chavez

Dr. Anna Pauline O. De Guia

Dr. Ayolani V. De Lara

Prof. Judeline C. Dimalibot

Dr. Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez 

Dr. Vincent V. Hilomen

Prof. Aurora V. Lacaste

Prof. Maria Claret Lauan

Dr. Ma. Dalisay G. Maligalig

Dr. Pablo P. Ocampo

Darlene M. Pagaduan

Dr. Vachel Gay V. Paller

Dr. Roberto C. Reyes

Prof. Nilda N. Ubaldo

George R. Ugaddan

Angelo Diego M. Ureta


Program Information

Undergraduate Brochure

Course Curriculum


 What will I study in the Zoology major program?

 Zoology is a branch of biology that spans a broad range of investigations on animals, including their morphology, anatomy, physiology, classification, and ecology.

 Under the UPLB undergraduate biology major in zoology program, students will receive a strong background in general biology and an in-depth understanding of animal life. The zoology program provides a flexible curriculum that would emphasize the student’s interest in any of the following fields of study: biomedical and health sciences, aquatic ecology, and terrestrial ecology and conservation.


 What courses will I take?

 All zoology major students are required to take courses on comparative vertebrate anatomy, animal physiology, and developmental zoology.  Students also take major courses that reflect their chosen field of specialization in biomedical sciences, aquatic ecology, or terrestrial ecology. A field course on marine zoology is also offered during the summer semester to students who wish to study marine organisms such as corals, mollusks, echinoderms, and fishes in their natural habitats.  Consult the course curriculum for more details.


What research topics can I work on?

 Students interested in conducting a special problem or thesis can work with faculty with the same research interests.  Funding support is made available to students if their topic is within the scope of the research project of their adviser.  Current research projects include conservation and culture of endangered and endemic fishes, biology and ecology of mollusks, coral reef resilience to climate change, parasites of freshwater fish, and others.  Select students can also participate in the International Activity for Health Summer Educational Program held in Kobe University, Japan.


What are my career options?

 Because of the versatile nature of the zoology curriculum, zoology graduates can proceed to a wide array of professions.  Zoology graduates can study medicine and other allied fields.  Others can pursue a career in research or conservation and work for various institutes such as the government sector and non-government organizations.  They may also become consultants for monitoring and environmental impact studies.  Zoology graduates may also work for zoological parks and aquaria.  In addition, the undergraduate program can prepare students towards obtaining a graduate degree and entering the academe as professors.


Why will I take the UPLB Biology major in Zoology program?

  1. The UPLB Institute of Biological Sciences is the Center of Excellence in Biological Sciences Instruction
  2. Our faculty from the Animal Biology Division is comprised of professionals with diverse technical backgrounds.  Many have received additional training in fields such as medicine, biochemistry, parasitology, taxonomy, and marine sciences.
  3. Research projects and training programs involve active collaborations with other universities and institutions such as Kobe University, Japan; University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute; World Fish Center; to name a few.