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Major in Ecology

Brief Description of the Major Field

The BS Biology Ecology Major Program is designed to provide the fundamentals of ecology while allowing flexibility for application to specific areas of study. This major program allows for specializations under the fields of expertise of the faculty members, namely – Plant Ecology, Marine Ecology, Insect Ecology, Animal Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Freshwater Ecology, Bioinformatics/Ecosystem Modeling, Palynology/Pollination Ecology, Cave Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, and Conservation Biology.

 A good foundation in ecology is essential in all applied studies in biology, as well as in other allied fields such as environmental science and resource management. It is hoped that a good background in ecology will enable graduates to pursue various career opportunities related to the field.

 The program has a current teaching staff of fifteen (15) faculty members (six with doctorate degree, four with master’s degree and five with baccalaureate degree), one professor emeritus, one adjunct faculty, and two support staff.

 

Prospective Students

Prospective students include undergraduate students of bachelor’s degree in biology interested in ecology or closely related fields. 

Career Opportunities

 Opportunities for graduates include teaching and/or research positions in universities, government agencies, and private sectors. More applied careers for ecologists may be found in forestry and wildlife management, biosecurity and pest management, ecological medicine and epidemiology, environmental design and planning, as well as in conservation and restoration of ecosystems. Ecology graduates may also be ecological consultants for Philippine and foreign governments and private industries. Some of our graduates have become entrepreneurs, teachers, government officials, and medical doctors.

 

Major Options

Students under this major field have three options on the distribution of 30 Undergraduate units as provided in the BS Biology curriculum:

  1. 1.Thesis option (6 units BIO 200 plus 24 units major courses)
  2. 2.Special Problem option (3 units BIO 190 plus 27 units major courses)
  3. 3.All-course option (30 units major courses)

Within the thirty (30) Undergraduate Courses, each student is also entitled to six (6) units of Elective courses.

 

Major Core Courses (15 units)

Course No.

Course Title

Units

Sem 

Offereda

Prerequisiteb

BIO 151

Environmental Management

3

2

BIO 150 or COI

BIO 155

Biology of Pollution

3

1

COI

BOT 150

Plant Ecology

3

2

COI

MCB 150

Microbial Ecology

3

1, 2

MCB 1

ZOO 150

Animal Ecology

3

1,2

ZOO 1 or BIO 2 or BIO 3

a 1 – First Semester, 2 – Second Semester, S - Summer
b COI - Consent of Instructor

Other Major Courses (9-15 units)

Course No.

Course Title

Units

Sem Offereda

Prerequisiteb

AENG 147

Principles of Tropical Water Quality Management

3

2

AENG 140, AENG 50 or COI

AGRI 121

Introduction to Ecological Agriculture

3

1,2

CRSC 2 or COI

BIO 130b

Advanced Genetics II

3

2

BIO 30 and STAT 1

BIO 154

Cave Ecology

3

2

BIO 150 or COI

BIO 159

Conservation Biology in the Tropics

3

2

BIO 150 or COI

BIO 191

Special Topics

1-3

1,2

COI

BOT 20

Elementary Plant Physiology

3

1,2

BOT 1 or BIO 2 or BIO 3 and CHEM 16 or CHEM 15

BOT 101

Phycology

3

2

BOT 1 or BIO 2 or BIO 3

BOT 120

Advanced Plant Physiology

3

2

BOT 1 or BIO 2 or BIO 3

BOT 140

Systematics of Spermatophytes

3

1,2

COI

BOT 152

Phytogeography

3

2

BOT 150 or COI

CERP 122

Conservation of Natural Resources

3

2

BIO 150 or COI

CHE 180

Agro-Industrial Waste Management

3

1,2

COI

CHEM 180

General Environmental Chemistry

3

1,2

CHEM 40 and CHEM 40.1 or CHEM 44 and CHEM 44.1

CHEM 181

Pollution Chemistry

3

2

CHEM 180 or COI

ENT 101

General Entomology

3

1,2

BIO 2 or BIO 3 or ZOO 1

ENT 140

Insect Taxonomy

3

2

ENT 110 or COI

ENT 151

Insect Ecology

3

2

ENT 140 or COI

FRM 110

Fundamentals of Environmental Forest Management

3

2

FOR 1 and FBS 36 or COI

HUME 2

Man and His Environment

3

2

BIO 1 or SOSC 1

HUME 102

Ecology and Value Systems

3

2

HUME 2 or BIO 150

MCB 101

Microbial Identification Techniques

3

1,2

MCB 1

MCB 120

Microbial Physiology

3

1,2

MCB 1 and CHEM 160

MCB 130

Microbial Genetics

3

1,2

MCB 101 and BIO 101 or COI

PPTH 104

General Mycology

3

1,2

BIO 2 or BIO 3 or BOT 1

SFI 123

Fundamentals of Agroforestry

3

1,2

COI

SOIL 1

Principles of Soil Science

3

1,2

CHEM 15 or CHEM 16

SOIL 150

Soil Fertility

3

1,2

SOIL 1 or COI

STAT 162

Experimental Designs I

3

1,2

STAT 1 or COI

STAT 164

Statistics of Life Sciences

3

2

STAT 1

WLDL 101

Introduction to Philippine Wildlife

3

1

BOT 1 and ZOO 1 or BIO 2 or BIO 3

WLDL 105

Principles of Wildlife Management

3

1

WLDL 101 or COI

WLDL 155

Wildlife Ecology

3

 

WLDL 101

WLDL 198

Field Practicum

3

S

WLDL 105 or WLDL 155

ZOO 113

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

3

1,2

ZOO 1 or BIO 2 or BIO 3

ZOO 120

Animal Physiology

5

1,2

ZOO 113 and CHEM 160

ZOO 122

Animal Behavior

3

1

ZOO 113 or ZOO 3

ZOO 140

Animal Taxonomy

3

1,2

ZOO 1 or BIO 2 or BIO 3

ZOO 142

Invertebrate Zoology

3

1,2

ZOO 3

ZOO 149

Biology of Marine Mammals

3

1

ZOO 3 or COI

ZOO 151

Marine Zoology

3

S

ZOO 3 and BIO 150 or ZOO 150

ZOO 152

Freshwater Zoology

3

1,2

ZOO 3 and BIO 150 or ZOO 150

ZOO 155

General Limnology

3

1

COI


a 1 – First Semester, 2 – Second Semester, S - Summer
b COI - Consent of Instructor