Undergraduate Programs

B.S. Chemistry

The four-year B.S. Chemistry program provides students with a very strong foundation that gives them opportunities to work as chemists in industry or research, to pursue an academic career, or to move into other areas such as business and engineering. The curriculum puts emphasis on fundamental principles of chemistry, modern chemical instrumentation, and a strong hands-on component. Because laboratory work is done individually under the supervision of highly qualified faculty and using state-of-the-art facilities, each student develops a high level of competence and confidence. Graduates are eligible to take the Chemist Licensure Examinations. Most graduates of the program have found careers in industry, inevitably moving into positions of leadership. Those who opted for academic careers successfully finish their graduate degrees from prestigious universities abroad. There are also those who chose to become entrepreneurs, and have succeeded in their businesses.

Outstanding students in the B.S. Chemistry program may choose to move into the integrated B.S./M.S. Chemistry program starting their junior year. Students in this program receive a B.S. Chemistry after four years and complete their M.S. after an additional year. This program features advanced coursework and emphasizes independent research in a streamlined study program. It is designed for students who are interested to do graduate studies in Chemistry, and allows graduates to immediately pursue doctoral studies at institutions that require a master’s degree for admission.

A 4-year program that prepares the student for careers in industrial manufacturing firms, research and development, product development, postgraduate work and research in science, and others; the program culminates in a thesis research project.

New materials and devices with special properties will be in demand for the technologies of the 21st century. Materials Science and Engineering answers this need by integrating the knowledge and tools of chemistry and physics with engineering principles to design, fabricate and characterize improved and novel materials such as polymers, biodegradable plastics, biocompatible materials; ceramics, metals, and composites for stronger structural materials; semi-conductors for more efficient electronic devices; longer-lasting paints, coatings and corrosion resistant materials; and many others. This recently-introduced program is a five-year dual-major program where the students obtain a B.S. Chemistry after four years and a B.S. Materials Science and Engineering (BS MSE) after the fifth year. The B.S. Chemistry program combines a strong foundation in chemistry with a focus on materials through specialized electives. The combined five-year program provides competencies for careers in industry, especially in the areas of semiconductors, plastics, rubber, paints and resins, ceramics, textiles, food, or even cosmetics. Graduates are eligible to take the Chemist Licensure Examinations.

This ladder undergraduate/graduate program aims to (i) allow students to complete both the corresponding undergraduate and graduate degrees within a period of 5 years of continuous study; (ii) cater to students who seek to "fast track" to a Master's degree as prerequisite for a doctorate degree, or for preparation and advancement in industrial settings that require research in the professional practice of chemistry.


Admission to any of the Chemistry undergraduate programs requires formal application with the Office of Admissions and Aid. B.S. Chemistry is an honors programs which admits only applicants within the top 15th percentile of the incoming first year students. Financial assistance in the form of scholarships are available to deserving students; this should be applied for during the time of application for the Ateneo College Entrance Tests (ACET).