Undergraduate Program

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).

A student is required to complete at least 153 units of undergraduate courses, which includes completing an undergraduate research project.

For more information on undergraduate admissions, please visit the University of the Philippines System’s website.
Application deadline for shifting or transferring to the MBB undergraduate program for AY 2022-2023 is on 30 June 2022.

Prospective students who want to transfer or shift to the undergraduate MBB program need to fulfill the following requirements:

  1. 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.
  2. Preferably with at least 15 units of subject courses under Math, Physics, Chemistry and Nat Sci with a weighted average of 1.80 or better.

Shiftees and transferees are  accepted during the first semester only. Please note that the number of transferees and shiftees approved for admission varies every year and is limited to the number of available slots per batch. 

Undergraduate students must maintain a weighted average of 2.50 or better in  Natural Science and Mathematics (NSM) subjects and a cumulative weighted average grade of 2.25 or better to be retained in the program. Failure to do so would put the student in academic probation with program continuation subject to the approval of the academic committee.

Program Curriculum

First Semester Second Semester Summer Term 
Math 214Biology 113Social Science 13
English 13 or Speech 303Biology 11.12  
Chemistry 163Math 224  
Chemistry 16.12Chemistry 263  
Geology 113Chemistry 26.12  
Kasaysayan 13Filipino 403  
P.E.(2)MBB 103  
TOTAL18 20 3
First Semester Second Semester Summer Term
Biology 123Physics 724Statistics 101
Biology 12.12Physics 72.11 
Math 234Chemistry 403 
Chemistry 313Chemistry 40.12 
Chemistry 31.12MBB 110 (MBB10, Bio12, 12.1)5 
Physics 714MBB 100 (soph standing; COI)3 
Physics 71.11P.E.(2) 
TOTAL19 18 
First Semester Second Semester Summer Term 
MBB 1403MBB 1413Philosophy 13
MBB 1262MBB 1272  
MBB 126.14MBB 127.14  
Statistics 1023MBB 1943  
MBB 1302MBB 1502  
  MBB 1903  
TOTAL16 20 3


First Semester Second Semester 
MBB 1953MBB 1973
MBB 1425MBB 1962
MBB 1805ARTS 14
PI 1003STS3
MBB 2002Social Science 22
  MBB 2003
TOTAL18 15

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