Microbiology Division

Historical Background and Objectives

Historical Background and Objectives

     The Microbiology Division (MCBD) originated from the Microbiology Section of the Department of Life Sciences when the College of Arts and Sciences was created in 1973. It became a part of the Institute of Biological Sciences in 1984. It started with 1 senior staff (Prof. William L. Fernandez) and 2 instructors (Dr. Asuncion K. Raymundo, and Dr. Ida F. Dalmacia).

       The objective of MCBD is "to achieve excellence in microbiology teaching, research and in areas of public service extension appropriate to a basic science institution". National issues, drives for academic excellence, problem of language and enrollment plan are also frameworks of formulating our goals and thrusts. The laboratory also strongly supports the thrusts of IBS for the year 1990-2000, namely Biomedical Science, Cell and Molecular Biology and Environmental Biology.

     The MCBD offers Microbiology as a major area for the BS Biology undergraduate curriculum with four options: thesis, practicum, course work, and education.

      The MS Microbiology started in the Department of Plant Pathology, UPLB and was carried on by the MCB Division to date. The PhD Microbiology program was instituted in 1982 and is being implemented thru the coordinated efforts of the graduate faculty of MCBD, IBS and other institutes of UPLB involved in microbiology. The number of BS Biology students desiring to major in microbiology remains high. The number of graduate students increased with the availability of ESEP and PCASTRD scholarships. Validation of courses can now be implemented to fulfill prerequisite courses, since the latter has posed an obstacle for BS graduates from other universities to pursue our graduate programs.

     The research activities of MCBD are focused on basic and industrial microorganisms while projects funded by other agencies are the concern of the others. Both classical techniques and modern molecular biology techniques are used in the various researches.


Major in Microbiology


MCB 101                       Microbial Identification Techniques (3 units)

                                        PR. MCB 1 (1st, 2nd Sem)

MCB 102                       General Virology (3 units)

                                        PR. MCB 1 (1st, 2nd Sem)

MCB 120                       Microbial Physiology (3 units)  

                                       PR. MCB 1 and CHEM 160 (1st, 2nd Sem)

MCB 130                       Microbial Genetics (4 units)

                                       PR. MCB 101 and BIO 101  (1st, 2nd Sem)

MCB 150                       Microbial Ecology (3 units)

                                       PR. MCB 1 (1st, 2nd Sem)

PPATH 104                   General Mycology (3 units)

                                       PR. BIO 2 or BIO 3 or BOT 1 (1st, 2nd Sem)


OTHER MAJOR COURSES (minimum = 5 units) 

MCB 103                       Introductory Medical Microbiology (3 units)

PR. MCB 1 (1st, 2nd Sem)

MCB 160                       Industrial Microbiology (3 units)

PR. MCB 1 and CHEM 160 (1st, 2nd Sem)

MCB 160.1                    Industrial Microbiology Laboratory (2 units)

                                                PR. MCB 101 and MCB 160 or concurrent  (1st Sem)

MCB 180                       Introductory Food Microbiology (3 units)

PR. MCB 1 (1st, 2nd Sem)

MCB 181                       Dairy Microbiology (3 units)

PR. MCB 1 (2nd Sem)

BIO 130a                      Advanced Genetics 1 (3 units)

PR. BIO 30 (1st, 2nd Sem)

BIO 138                        Molecular Genetics (3 units)

PR. BIO 101 (1st Sem)

BOT 101                       Phycology  (3 units)

PR. BOT 1 or BIO 2 or BIO 3 (2nd Sem)

CHEM 160.1                  Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory (2 units)

PR. CHEM 160 or COI (1st, 2nd Sem)

(cannot be taken concurrently with CHEM 160)

FST 166                        Food Hygiene and Sanitation (3 units)

PR. COI (2nd Sem)

PPATH 103                   Introductory Phytobacteriology (3 units)

PR.CRPT 1a or MCB 1 (1st, 2nd Sem)

PPATH 115                   Introductory Plant Virology (3 units)

PR.CRPT 1a or MCB 1 (1st, 2nd Sem)

VMCB 122                    Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology (3 units)

PR. VMCB 121 (2nd Sem)

VMCB 123                    Veterinary Virology (2 units)

PR.VMCB 121 (2nd Sem)

VMCB 124                    Fundamentals of Immunology (2 units)

PR. COI (1st Sem)

VPH 121                       Epidemiology (3 units)

PR. VMCB 121 (1st Sem)


MAJOR OPTION (6 units)

BIO 190                        Special Problem (3 units)

(1st, 2nd Sem, Summer) + 1 other major course (3 units)

BIO 200                        Undergraduate Thesis (6 units)

(1st, 2nd Sem, Summer)

MCB 198                       Microbiology Practicum (minimum =144 hours) (3 units)

(Summer) + 1 major course (3 units)

PR. MCB 101 and MCB 180


All Courses                  Other major courses (6 units)


BIO 199                        Undergraduate Seminar (2 units, 1 unit/sem)

(for MCB majors)

PR. Senior Standing (1st, 2nd Sem)



EDUC 11                      Educational Psychology (3 units)

PR. SOSC 1 or its equiv. (1st Sem)

ANSC 1                        Introduction to Animal Science (3 units)

PR. BIO 1 or ZOO 1 (1st, 2nd Sem)

ANSC 2                        Introduction to Livesock and Poultry Production (3 units)

PR. ANSC 1 (1st, 2nd Sem)

ANSC 150                     Meat Processing (3 units)

PR. ANSC 2 or COI (1st, 2nd Sem)

ANSC 180                     Livestock Sanitation and Disease Control (3 units)

PR. ANSC 160 or COI (1st, 2nd Sem)

ANSC 181                     Poultry Sanitation and Disease Control

PR. ANSC or COI (1st, 2nd Sem)

CRPT 1                          Principles of Crop Protection (3 units)

(1st, 2nd Sem)

CRPT 2                          Principles of Crop Protection (3 units)

PR. CRPT 1 (1st, 2nd Sem)

CRSC 1                         Fundamentals of Crop Science (3 units)

PR. BIO 1 or BOT 1 (1st, 2nd Sem)

CRSC 2                         Fundamentals of Crop Science (3 units)

DEVC 122                     Science Reporting (3 units)

PR. DEVC 120 or DEVC 102 or DEVC 131 or COI (1st Sem)

DSC 135                       Introduction to Dairy Technology (3 units)

PR. CHEM 40 or COI (1st, 2nd Sem)

DSC 136                       Milk Hygiene (3 units)

PR. DSC 135 (1st Sem)

FST 140                        Food Processing (3 units)

PR. MCB 180 and FST 130 (2nd Sem)

FST 141                        Food Processing 1 (3 units)

PR. MCB 180 and FST 130 (2nd Sem)

HFDS 11                       Principles of Human Development (3 units)

PR. BIO 2 (1st, 2nd Sem)

HFDS 12                       Human Physiology (3 units)

PR. BIO 2 (1st Sem)

STAT 162                     Experimental Designs 1 (3 units)

PR. STAT 1or COI (1st, 2nd Sem, Summer)

STAT 164                     Statistics for the Biological Sciences (3 units)

PR. STAT 1 (2nd Sem)

ZOO 113                       Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (5 units)

PR. ZOO 1 or BIO 2 or BIO 3 (1st, 2nd Sem)

ZOO 115                       Animal Histology (3 units)

PR. ZOO 113 (1st, 2nd Sem)

ZOO 117                       Developmental Zoology (3 units)

PR. ZOO 113 (1st, 2nd Sem)

ZOO 120                       Animal Physiology (5 units)

PR. ZOO 113 and CHEM 160 (1st, 2nd Sem)

ZOO 173                       Introduction to Parasitology (3 units)

Pr. ZOO 1 or BIO 2 or BIO 3 (1st, 2nd Sem)


Based on recent actual schedules:

CRPT 1 - offered only 1st Sem

CRPT 2 - offered only 2nd Sem

                ZOO 117 - offered only 2nd Sem