Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Geology

The four year BS Geology program offered by the institute is the most well-rounded study of earth sciences in the country. As a national center for excellence in the geosciences, students are trained in various disciplines which will prepare them for any field they may choose to pursue after graduation. Many graduates of the undergraduate program have become leaders in their respective fields, whether it be in mining, energy, hazards, the academe, or research.

Bachelor of Science in Geology Curriculum


The BS Geology Program of the University of the Philippines, the first in the country, was approved and instituted in 1954. Several revisions have been made since, with the most recent revisions occurring in 2002 and 2012, in response to the 2001 Revitalized General Education Program (RGEP) and 2010 Hybrid General Education Program of UP, and in 2018 which is in response to the (1) the institution of the K-12 basic education program, (2) institution of required and elective geology courses, (3) the revised UP GE framework of 2017, (4) changes in the service courses offered by other units from the College of Science, and (5) the revisions in the goals of the BS Geology program. The institution of new courses in the revised curriculum is in response to feedback from alumni regarding strengthening of geological skills through (1) merging/integration of existing required courses, and (2) offering of specialized topics in the form of electives. Major revisions in the curriculum include the integration of courses for more effective learning experience for the students, institution of new courses to strengthen geological skills, and the resequencing of courses in response to the academic calendar change.

The current structure of the 4-year BS Geology Program is aligned and consistent with CHED Memorandum Order No. 35, Series of 2008 on Policies and Standards for Bachelor of Science in Geology (BS Geology) Program. The program is also aligned with the Vision of UP as “A leading regional and global university in an environment that sustains 21st Century learning, knowledge creation, and public service for society and humanity”, and the primary mission of NIGS “to provide a quality educational experience that prepares graduates to enter careers in geology and related fields”. NIGS aims to produce graduates who should be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of core knowledge and skills expected of a professional geologist;
  • Apply basic scientific and technical knowledge in the performance of tasks and problem solving;
  • Demonstrate the skills of independent learning, critical thinking, and interpretative analysis with respect to geological problems;
  • Communicate geoscience information effectively and professionally using written and spoken words in the form of reports, oral presentation, visual representation of data, and technical posters;
  • Demonstrate competency in numerical and computer literacy in delivering current and relevant knowledge of the discipline;
  • Integrate an up to date and comprehensive range of knowledge and methods to make informed decisions on issues of national and global geologic/environmental significance; and
  • Recognize the importance of ethics in the practice of the profession.


For High School Graduates

High school graduates must have passed the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) of the previous year to be admitted into the program. The applicant must have indicated BS Geology as his/her first or second course of choice under the Diliman campus. To pass the UPCAT, the applicant must have received an UPCAT grade (UPG) corresponding to the minimum cut-off grade for the Diliman campus.

If the high school applicant passed the UPCAT but did not indicate BS Geology as their course of choice, he/she must go through the Shiftee/Transferee process indicated below 

For Shiftees and Transferees

Shiftees (students enrolled in courses within UP Diliman) and transferees (students from other UP units or other universities) who wish to transfer to the BS Geology program must go through the College of Science (CS). Every year, NIGS admits a limited number of students who exhibit extraordinary aptitude in science and geology.

Interested applicants must apply through the College of Science. Once the minimum requirements have been met as determined by the CS, applications will be brought to the institute. NIGS will then admit the top applicants as dictated by the number of slots available for that year.

For more information on the requirements for shifting and transferring, kindly refer to the UPD Primer released by the Office of the University Registrar (UP OUR) yearly.


The BS Geology brochure can be downloaded HERE.