College Admission

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BS MBB) provides a well-rounded undergraduate education that is particularly suited to future careers in research and teaching, in both academic and industrial settings.

The BS MBB program currently admits 60 students per year, taken from the top qualifiers in the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT).

For more information on undergraduate admissions, please visit the University of the Philippines System’s website.

Admission Policies for Shiftees and Transferees

a. Cumulative Weighted Average of Grades of 1.75 or better for students within the UP System and CWAG of 1.50 for students outside UP System
b. Preferably with at least 15 units of a combination of Math, Physics, Chemistry and Nat Sci with a weighted average of 1.80 or better.
c. Accepts transferees/shiftees during the First Semester only.
d. The number of transferees/shiftees to be admitted into the program is dependent on the number of available slots, as BS MBB is a quota course.

Student Retention Policy

For the undergraduate students to be retained in the program, they should maintain a weighted average in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) subjects of 2.50 or better and a CWAG of 2.25 or better.

Course Offering

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBB)

Revitalized General Education Course 1 Biotechnology and You. Historical events, processes, products, issues and concerns in modern biotechnology. 3 u
Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BS MBB)                10 Introduction to Molecular Biology. An introduction to the fundamentals of molecular biology and biotechnology. 2 u.
100 Introduction to Scientific Writing in MBB. Principles and methods in scientific writing.
Prereq: Sophomore standing. 3u
110 Fundamentals of Molecular Mocrobiology. Molecular diversity, physiology and genetics of microorganisms.
Prereq: MBB 10, Bio 12. 8hrs. (2 lec, 6 lab). 4u
121 Fundamentals of Cell and Tissue Culture. Principles and methods in plant and animal cell culture.
Prereq: MBB 10, Bio 12, Chem 40, Chem 40.1, 5hrs. (2 lec, 3 lab). 3u
125 Molecular Physiology of Eukaryotic Systems. Molecular mechanisms of eukaryotic cell processes.
Prereq: MBB 10, Bio 12, Chem 40, Chem 40.1, 9 h. (3 lec, 6 lab) 5u.
130 Molecular Biophysics. Characterization of biomolecules and their interactions through structural analysis and computational techniques.
Prereq: Math 55, Chem 40, Chem 40.1, Physics 72. 6h (3 lec, 3 lab) 4 u.
140 Molecular Genetics. Principles and mechanisms of heredity at the molecular level based on studies of prokaryotic, eukaryotic and viral systems.
Prereq: MBB 10, Bio 12, Chem 40, Chem 40.1, 3 u.
141 Principles in Gene Manipulation. Principles of recombinant DNA technology and its applications.
Prereq: MBB 140, 9 h. (3 lec, 6 lab) 5 u.
142 Genes and Development. Molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying multicellularity during embryogenesis and formation of the body plan in model organisms.
Prereq: MBB 125, MBB 130, MBB 141, 9 h. (3 lec, 6 lab) 5 u.
150 Cellular and Molecular Immunology. Cellular and molecular aspect of the immune response.
Prereq: Chem 40, Chem 40.1, MBB 125. 3 u.
180 Industrial Biotechnology. Principles and applications of traditional methods and novel molecular biology techniques in making useful industrial products.
Prereq: MBB 110, MBB 121, MBB 141. 9 h. (3 lec, 6 lab) 5 u.
190 Introduction to Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. Basic concepts of systems biology and the application of computational analysis in molecular biology.
Prereq: MBB 130, MBB 140. 3 u.
194 Ethics in Scientific Research. Discussion of case studies and topics pertaining to social issues and the proper conduct of scientific research relevant to molecular biology.
Prereq: Junior standing. 1 u
Biotechnology Enterprise. Fundamentals of biotechnology commercialization and entrepreneurship.
Prereq: Senior standing. 3 u.
196 Undergraduate Seminar.
Prereq: Senior Standing. 1 u.
197 Special Topics in MBB. Current trends and concepts in molecular biology and biotechnology.
Prereq: Senior Standing. 3 u.
200 Undergraduate Thesis.
Prereq: Senior Standing. 2 u. per sem for a total of 4 u



National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biology
University of the Philippines Diliman
BS MBB Curriculum
As per BOR Approved last 02 July 2011

First Semester Second Semester
Course No. and Title Units Course No. and Title Units
Mathematics 17 (Algebra & Trigonometry) 5 Biology 11 (Fundamentals of Biology I) 5
Chemistry 16 (General Chemistry) 5 Mathematics 53 (Elementary Analysis I) 5
English 10 (College English) 3 Chemistry 26 (Analytical Chemistry) 3
Kasaysayan 1 (Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas) 3 Chemistry 26.1 (Analytical Chemistry Lab.) 2
MBB 10 (Introduction to Molecular Biology) 2 Filipino 40 (Wika, Kultura at Lipunan) 3
P.E. (2) P.E. (2)
Total Units 18 Total Units 18
  Summer Class
Course No. and Title Units
Mathematics 54 (Elementary Analysis II) 5
GE (Social Sciences and Philosophy) 3
Total Units 8
First Semester Second Semester
Course No. and Title Units Course No. and Title Units
Biology 12 (Fundamentals of Biology II) 5 Physics 72 (Elementary Physics II) 4
Math 55 (Elementary Analysis III) 3 Physics 72.1 (Elem. Physics II Lab) 1
Chemistry 31 (Elem. Organic Chemistry) 3 Chemistry 40 (Elementary Biochemistry) 3
Chemistry 31.1 (Elem. Organic Chemistry Lab) 2 Chemistry 40.1 (Elem. Biochemistry Lab.) 2
Physics 71 (Elementary Physics I) 4 MBB 110 (Fundamentals of Molecular Microbiology) 4
Physics 71.1 (Elementary Physics I Lab) 1 Biology 180 (Statistical Methods in Biology) 3
P.E. (2) MBB 100 (Intro to Scientific Writing) 3
NSTP (3) P.E. (2)
    NSTP (3)
Total Units 18 Total Units 20
First Semester Second Semester
Course No. and Title Units Course No. and Title Units
MBB 140 (Molecular Genetics) 3 MBB 141 (Principles of Gene Manipulation) 5
MBB 125 (Mol. Physiology of Eukaryotic Sys) 5 MBB 121 (Fund. of Cell & Tissue Culture) 3
MBB 130 (Molecular Biophysics) 4 MBB 194 (Ethics in Scientific Research) 1
Geology 11 (Principles of Geology) 3 MBB 150 (Cellular and Molecular Immunology) 3
GE (Social Science and Philosophy) 3 MBB 190 (Intro. to Bioinformatics and Systems Biology) 3
Philo 1 (Philosophical Analysis) 3 Comm 3 (Practical Speech Fundamentals) 3
Total Units 21 Total Units 18
  Summer Class
Course No. and Title # of Units
GE (Arts and Humanities) 3
GE (SSP) 3
Total Units 6
First Semester Second Semester
Course No. and Title Units Course No. and Title Units
MBB 195 (Biotechnology Enterprise) 3 MBB 197 (Special Topics in MBB) 3
MBB 142 (Genes and Development) 5 MBB 196 (Undergraduate Seminar) 1
MBB 180 (Industrial Biotechnology) 5 GE (Arts and Humanities) 3
PI 100 (The Life and Works of Jose Rizal) 3 STS (Science, Technology and Society) 3
MBB 200 (Thesis) 2 GE (Math, Science and Technology) 3
    MBB 200 (Thesis) 2
Total Units 18 Total Units 15
Total Number of Units = 160
We strongly recommend the Arts and Humanities GE Course: English 30 (3u)

Student Awards

Ed Padlan Awards for Academic Excellence
This award is in honor of Dr. Eduardo A. Padlan, a Filipino biophysicist, crystallographer, and immunologist. This is given annually to the two NIMBB seniors having the highest GPA up to the junior year.

Leticia Shahani Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis in NIMBB
NIMBB undergraduate students are required to submit a thesis before they can graduate. This award is given during the College of Science Recognition Program.

The College as well as the University also gives out similar awards to outstanding students. Through the years, NIMBB graduates have consistently been among the top contenders for the following awards:

  • BPI Science Awards
  • Gawad Chanselor Awards
  • College of Science Most Outstanding Bachelor of Science Graduates

Student Resources