College Info

The College of Science (CS) is the country’s premier generator of new scientific knowledge and its leading producer of PhD and MS graduates in the basic and applied sciences and mathematics. The College operates the National Science Complex that was established by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her issuance of Executive Order No. 583 on 8 December 2006.

The mission of CS is to generate new scientific knowledge that improves the accuracy of our understanding of how Nature works (scientific research), and to guide and supervise the next generations of scientists and researchers of the country (mentoring).

The CS was set up as a separate college of University of the Philippines Diliman on 6 October 1983 during the term of Senator Edgardo Angara as UP President. The following faculty members served as CS Dean: Dr Roger Posadas (October 1983 – October 1993), Dr Danilo Yanga (November 1993 – May 2000), Dr Rhodora Azanza (June 2000 – May 2006) and Dr Caesar Saloma (June 2006). The CS Dean is appointed to a term of three years and may be re-appointed for another term by the UP Board of Regents. National Science Complex

At present, it is composed of eleven constituent units namely; National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS), National Institute of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (NIMBB), The Marine Science Institute (MSI), National Institute of Physics (NIP), Natural Sciences Research Institute (NSRI), Institute of Biology (IB), Institute of Chemistry (IC), Institute of Environmental Science & Meteorology (IESM), Institute of Mathematics (IM), Materials Science & Engineering Program (MSEP), and Science & Society Program (SSP).

The College produces an average of 13.04 PhD, 46.52 MS and 236.2 BS graduates per academic year and enrolls an average of 144.9 PhD, 449.8 MS and 1401.3 BS students per semester. In the 2nd semester of SY 2008-2009, the College employed 147 PhD faculty members in its various constituent units.

The National Science Complex is located in the southeast portion of UP Diliman. It is currently being completed at a total cost of Php 1.7B using funds that have been provided by the national government in FY 2006, 2008 and 2009. Construction started in March 2007 with the final building to be completed in January 2012.

National Science Complex. The College ocucpies a 21.9 hectare area in the south sector of UP Diliman that is adjacent to the UP Technology Incubation Park. On 8 December 2006, the area was decalred as the National Science Complex by President Macapagal-Arroyo by an executive order (EO 583).

Governance. The Dean is the chief executive officer of the College with a three-year term of office. He/she is assisted by three Associate Deans (Academic Affairs, Student & Public Affairs, Resources & Facilities or Research & Extension), and the College Secretary.

Each constituent institute/department is managed by a Director/Chairperson who is appointed by the University to a three-year term of office. The Dean, Directors, Chairpersons, Program Coordinators and the Associate Deans form the College Executive Board which us tasked with the effecitve implementation of University policies and guidelines in the College.

Constituent Units. The following academic units comprise the College of Science: National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS), The Marine Science Institute (MSI), National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnoloy (NIMBB), Institute of Biology (IB), Institute of Chemistry (IC), Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM), Institute of Mathematics (IM), National Institute of Physics (NIP), Natural Sciences Research Institute (NSRI), Materials Science and Engineering Program (MSEP), and the Science and Society Program (SSP).

NIGS, MSI, NIMBB, NIP and NSRI are national institutes with directors selected through a process that is nationwide scope. Since 1998, NIGS, MSI, IB, IC, NIP and IM have been declared as centers of execllence (COE) by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). In 2006, they were renewed as COEs,along wiht NIMBB.

The Science and Society Program (SSP) is a non-degree granting unit which administers three courses under the UP Diliman's Revitalized General Education Program, including Science, Technology and Society (STS). The regular affiliate faculty of SSP is joined by an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the College of Science, the College of Engineering and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Undergraduate. The College offers five (5) 4-year BS degree programs -- Biology (IB), Chemistry (IC), Mathematics (IM), Geology (NIGS), and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB) -- and two (2) 5-year BS degree programs -- Physics (NIP) and Applied Physics (NIP).

Master of Science Degree Programs. The College offers the following MS degreee programs: Biology (IB), Microbiology (IB), Chemistry (IC), Mathematics (IM), Applied Mathematics (DM), Marine Science (MSI), Geology (NIGS), Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB), Physics (NIP), Meteorology (IESM), Environmental Science (IESM), Materials Science and Engineering (MSEP), and Chemical Education (IC).

The College also offers a Professional Master's in Applied Mathematics (Actuarial Science) (IM) and Master of Arts degrees in Mathematics (IM) and Physics (NIP).

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Programs. The College offers the following PhD degree programs: PhD Biology (IB), PhD Chemistry (IC), PhD Mathematics (IM), PhD Marine Science (MSI), PhD Geology (NIGS), PhD Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB), PhD Physics (NIP), PhD Meteorology (ISEM), PhD Environmental Science (IESM), and PhD Materials Science and Engineering (MSEP).

Support Facilities. The College operates a library at the College of Science (CS) Administration and Library Building that is open from Mondays to Saturdays (8am - 6pm). The College also operates the Computational Science Research Center (CSRC) to serve the computing and communications.

Scholarships. The College is a major partner of the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology inthe training of BS students in the basic sciences and mathematics. During the first semester of SY2006-2007, about four hundred DOST-SEI scholars were enrolled in the College. The College is also a vital partner of hte Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development of DOST in the training of MS and PhD students. Graduate scholarships are also provided by CHED. Full/partial scholarships are also available from private individuals and organizations.


The College is headed by the Dean who is assisted by four Associate Deans, a College Secretary, and Coordinators for each interdepartmental program. Each institute is headed by a Director, while each department is headed by a Chair. Collective management of the College is exercised by the College Executive Board composed of the Dean, Associate Deans, Secretary, Directors, Chairs, and Coordinators. The highest policy-making authority within the College is the College Assembly composed of all the faculty members and higher staff members of the College.

College Officials(2019)

Dean Giovanni A. Tapang Ph. D.
Associate Dean for Mentoring, Academic Progress and Advancement (AD MAPA) Eizadora T. Yu, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Facilities and Resource Management (AD FARM) Marian P. Roque, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, Development and Enterprise (AD RIDE) Ricky B. Nellas, Ph. D.
Associate Dean for Student, Alumni and Public Affairs (AD SAPA) Lillian Jennifer V. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
College Secretary Ma. Nerissa Masangkay Abara, Ph.D.
Assistant College Secretary Victor Manuel R. Aricheta, Ph.D.
Head Librarian, Science Library Marie Antoinette DP. Villaflor M.L.S.

CS Unit Heads
Institutes --

National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) Mario A. Aurelio, Ph.D.
National Institute of Physics (NIP) Roland V. Sarmago, Ph.D.
National Institute of Molecular Biology
and Biotechnology (NIMBB)
Jose Enrico H. Lazaro, Ph.D.
Institute of Environmental Science
and Meteorology (IESM)
Lemnuel V. Aragones, Ph.D.
Institute of Biology Ian Kendrich C. Fontanilla Ph. D.
Institute of Chemistry (IC) Christine C. Hernandez. Ph.D.
Marine Science Institute (MSI) Laura T. David, Ph.D.
Institute of Mathematics Carlene Perpetua P. Arceo, Ph.D

Interdepartamental Programs --
Science and Society Program Rene N. Rollon, Ph. D.
Material Science and Engineering Program Marienette M. Vega, Ph. D. (OIC)

Affiliated Units --
Natural Sciences Research Institute (NSRI) Jonas P. Quilang, Ph.D. (Acting Director)
Computational Science Research Center (CSRC) Johnrob Y. Bantang, Ph.D.



Research Thrust

The Institutes and Departments of the College of Science actively carry out basic and applied, as well as interdisciplinary research programs in their respective units. Research Faculty Groups, staff and student researchers comprise these research programs who work as teams on coordinated research projects. The principal objectives of the research activities of the College are the:

  • development of world-class research capabilities in selected areas of the natural and mathematical sciences; and
  • development of a strong scientific base for the masters of strategic high technologies.

The current research thrusts of the College consist of the following:

Departments of Mathematics

  • Analysis
  • Algebra
  • Topology
  • Combinatorics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematical Education

National Institute of Geological Sciences

  • Basic Geological Science
  • Fossil Fuel
  • Geology
  • Environmental and Engineering Geology
  • Philippine Mineral Deposits
  • Mineral Economics

Materials Science and Engineering Program

  • High Temperature Superconductors
  • Polymers
  • Liquid Crystals

National Institute of Physics

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Fields and Particles Physics
  • Instrumentation Physics
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Photonics Research
  • Plasma Physics

Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology

  • Tropical Meteorology
  • Physical Meteorology
  • Environmental Meteorology
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Numerical Weather Predictions

Institute of Biology

  • Biodiversity
  • Environmental Biology
  • Conservation Biology

Institute of Chemistry

  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Chemical Instrumentation
  • Inorganic Materials Chemistry
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

  • Plant Molecular Genetics
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Aquatic Biotechnology
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Immunobiology
  • Marine Toxinology
  • Environmental Biotechnology

Marine Science Institute

  • Marine Biochemistry/Toxinology
  • Marine Botany/Zoology
  • Plankton Biology and Ecology
  • Coral Reefs and Coastal Ecosystems
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Coastal Zone Management


One of the major extension programs of the College of Science consists of upgrading the competence of science and mathematics teachers in various universities and colleges throughout the Philippines. These extension programs are carried out through (a) one-year Diploma Programs and two-year M.A. Programs offered by the College and (b) short-term summer teacher-training courses conducted by College faculty members in various regions of the country.

The College, particularly the Natural Sciences Research Institute (NSRI), also offers molecular, biological and analytical services. Moreso, it conducts seminars and training courses/workshops on scientific instrumentation, molecular, microbiological, analytical techniques and environmental assessment. The NSRI also maintains a culture collection of bacteria, yeasts and fungi needed by industries and other public and private institutions.

Furthermore, many of the faculty members of the College of Science provide scientific advisory services to the Department of Science and Technology and different government agencies. They also undertake policy studies in science, technology, environment and natural resources for national and international agencies and render various forms of consultancy services for industrial and commercial firms.


Unit/Office Directline UP VOIP
UP Trunkline 8981 8500  
CS Dean's Office 8924 7674
8924 7392
3801 | 3802
Mentoring Academic Progress and Advancement (ADMAPA) -- 3803
CS Secretary's Office 8920 6093 3806
Facilities and Resource Management (ADFARM)   3810
Research, Innovation, Development and Enterprise(ADRIDE) 8981-8694 8694
Student, Alumni and Public Affairs (ADSAPA) 8927 3283 3805
Science Society Program (SSP) 8435 6212 3809
Material Science and
Engineering Program (MSEP)
-- 3812
Biology (IB) 8920 5471 3727 | 3728
Chemistry (IC) 8920 5427 3652 | 3657 | 3661
Computational Science (CSRC) 8426 3328
4466 | 4467
Environmental Science (IESM) -- 3941 | 3942
Geology (NIGS) 8924 2485
8924 2904
3752 | 7116 | 7114
Marine Science (MSI) 8922 3957 2907
Mathematics 8920 1009 3858 | 3859
Molecular Biology &
Biotechnology (NIMBB)
8927 7516 3958 | 3954
Natural Sciences (NSRI) 8925 2963 3609 | 3612
Physics (NIP) 8920 9749 (old bldg) 3701 | 3705
(new bldg) 3873 | 3874
CS Library 8426-6606
3807 | 3808


International Linkages

Through the consortium of the University of the Philippines with the country’s top two private universities, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University, the College has been maintaining linkages in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics with scientific institutions in Japan, Australia, West Germany, U.S.A., and U.K. under the sponsorship of the following agencies:

  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • International Development Program of Australian Universities (IDP)
  • Deutscher Academischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
  • Philippine-American Education Foundation (PAEF)
  • The British Council

The following are some ongoing linkages between the institutes and departments of the College and foreign agencies or institutions:

National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS )

  • Gesselschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

National Institute of Physics (NIP)

  • International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy
  • United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • Australia Government overseas aid program (AusAid), formely Australian International Development Assistance Bureau (AIDAB)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Marine Science Institute (MSI)

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM)
  • International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • International Foundation for Science (IFS)

Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM)

  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  • Institute for Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering

Natural Sciences Research Institute (NSRI)

  • UNU
  • European Union (EU)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
  • International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA)
  • International Foundation for Science (IFS)
  • Science Council of Japan
  • World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC)
  • World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM)
  • Microbial Resources Centers (MIRCEN)

Institute of Chemistry (IC)

  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • The British Council
  • International Development Program of Australian Universities (IDP)
  • United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • Committee on Science Tehnology in Developing Countries (COSTED)
  • European Commission (presently European Union)

Institute of Biology (IB)

  • International Foundation for Science (IFS)
  • World Wildlife Fund

As a result of these linkages, many faculty members of the College have been able to undertake study visits, doctoral studies, and postdoctoral research in Japan, Australia, U.K., West Germany, and the U.S.A. during the past several years. And about as many foreign scientists from these countries as well as from Israel, Canada, Australia, People’s Republic of China, and Russia have come to the College during the same period as visiting professors, lecturers, or consultants. The College was also able to acquire various equipment and library grants from these linkages.


Other Linkages


bio   chem cslib

csrc  iesm  math

msi msep   nigs  

nimbb  nsri   nip


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