8 of the Best Courses to Take at University of the Philippines Los Baños

by Kate Detoya   |  Sep 9, 2022
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Apart from its abundant greenery and picture-perfect view showcasing Mt. Makiling, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) is known as a leading higher education and research institution in various niche areas. UPLB is the first autonomous campus and constituent of the UP system. Thus, it upholds its image as the country's national university with programs aimed at serving the people. The school fosters critical thinking and prepares students to lead breakthroughs. As of date, UPLB has produced 15 scientists under the Philippine Scientific Career System.

If you're thinking of pursuing undergraduate courses related to development and service, here are the best courses for you:

  1. BS Electrical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) can be taken as a four-year program. Graduates of this course may later apply for a specialization in Power Engineering. The department and the program prep its students for their desired profession, allowing them to consistently perform well with a high passing rate. In the April Registered Electrical Engineer (REE) Licensure Board Exam, UPLB was recognized as the top-performing school nationwide with 91.70%.

  1. BS Civil Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) can be taken as a four-year program. It has a diversified curriculum which equips its students to be flexible and ready to adapt to changes. The students' technical skills will be honed to guarantee that they will be competent in handling structural designs and constructions. In the May 2022 Civil Engineering Licensure Examination (CELE), UPLB ranked first in the university rankings with a 95% passing rate. The tenth placer also came from UPLB's BS Civil Engineering program.

  1. BS Chemical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program (BS ChE) can be taken as a four-year program. It seeks to train students through a holistic approach as they may also contribute to agro-industrial development. UPLB's curriculum differs from other colleges and universities with a similar program because of the school's caliber of research in agriculture and its emphasis on sustainable development; this gives students a chance to experiment through a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach.

The program and its accompanying curriculum will arm them with tools to solve the challenges in chemical and agro-industries. Students have the option to specialize in these three major fields: General Chemical Engineering (163 units), Sugar Technology (163 units), and Pulp and Paper Technology (165 units). The set of courses will depend on their chosen specialization.

  1. BS Forestry

The Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF) is a four-year program with the standard of outcome-based education. Its curriculum is modified to respond to the threats and challenges in the forestry sector. It offers specialized courses in these three forestry areas: Environmental Forestry, Social Forestry and Agroforestry, and Production and Industrial ForestryThe BS Forestry degree program is certified by the ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance and was consistently recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Center of Excellence in Forestry. As a matter of fact, the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR) is the Philippines' oldest and most outstanding academic institution in forestry. The college manages the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve, which serves as a learning ground for the students.

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  1. BS Agriculture

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) is a four-year program geared towards educating students in the following fields: Agronomy, horticulture, entomology, soil science, animal science, weed science, plant pathology, agricultural systems, agricultural extension, and landscape agroforestry. The program's curriculum is specifically designed to groom learners for a career related to scientifically based-sustainable agriculture. With UPLB being recognized as a top-performing school by the Professional Regulation Commission and Professional Regulatory Board of Agriculture, their program ensures quality learning that will produce competent individuals who may hopefully contribute to modernizing Southeast Asian agriculture.

  1. BS Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (BSABE) can be taken as a four-year program. It merges applied biological, environmental, and agricultural sciences with engineering science and design. This aids students to have expert command over particular areas of discipline like agrometeorology and farm structures, land and water resources engineering, or agricultural and bioprocess engineering. The school's staff includes international and national award-winning outstanding biosystem engineers.

  1. BS Food Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Food Technology (BSFT) is a four-year program that concentrates on the scientific preparation, processing, and distribution of food, which is in accordance with the definition of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Students who study this are expected to be able to manage and oversee the production lines and take on supervisory roles in food processing industries. The core fields in BS Food Technology are Food Microbiology, Food Engineering, and Food Chemistry.

  1. Doctor of Veterinary


The Doctor of Veterinary (DVM) is a six-year program that has a total of 27 GE coursework, 173 units of veterinary courses, and 21 units of foundation courses. Its 173 units will come from the Department of Veterinary Paraclinical Sciences (DVPS), the Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences (DBVS), and the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (DVCS). The students will be taught the fundamental principles underlying animal production and welfare, as well as  the mechanisms connected to it. They will also gain theoretical and practical knowledge on the prevention and control of transmittable animal diseases and the treatment of exotic, companion, and farm animals.


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