Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science in the Philippines

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (BSES) is a four-year degree program in the Philippines that is concerned with the environment and the effects of man’s activities on it. It usually covers such issues as conservation of natural resources, pollution, deforestation, and overpopulation among a couple of others.

Subjects that you may take while enrolled in the program are:

  • General Biology
  • General Ecology
  • General Chemistry
  • General Physics
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Environmental Impact Assessment System
  • Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Environmental Studies/Management


Graduates of BS Environmental Science usually hold the following positions:

  • Environmental Impact Assessor
  • Environmental Officer
  • Conservation and Resource Management Staff
  • Pollution Control Officer (PCO)*
  • Project Planner
  • Technical Personnel
  • Professor
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Environmental Consultant

An On-the-Job Training in a government agency or accredited institution may also be arranged by your school so you can get a chance to practice what you have learned in a professional setting.

*Shared in the comments section by a graduate of this course - Loeve C. Aduca

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    • I’m a grad of BSES in AdMU. I asked UP NIGS if I could pursue thier Masters in HydroGeo. Based on my last inquiry with UP NIGS, I’d still need a sem of undergraduate geo courses so they could allow me to take the masters course.

  1. Hi, Abel!

    Thanks for visiting the site.

    So far, UP Diliman is the only school we know that offers a post graduate degree program in Geology. Their website says “Admission into the program requires a Bachelor’s degree in Geology or related science or engineering field,” so there could be a possibility. They didn’t specify which particular courses are allowed, though, so it would be best if you’ll contact them directly so they can give you a more accurate and detailed response.

    • Hi, Jan!

      Thanks for visiting the site.

      Yup. BS Environmental Science and BS Environmental Engineering are related programs.

      “The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, being a multidisciplinary field, is allied to a number of programs across different disciplines. It is allied to fields in agriculture, fisheries… environmental design and planning, and environmental engineering and sanitation.”
      – Commission on Higher Education Memorandum Order Number 35 Series of 2005. :)

      • Hi, Pamela!

        Thanks for visiting our site again.

        University of the Philippines Los Banos
        De La Salle University (Manila)
        Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology
        University of San Carlos
        Philippine Women’s University
        Nueva Vizcaya State University

        are some examples of schools that offer Master’s Degree for Envinronmental Science.

    • Hi, Roxanne!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      As far as we know, there is no licensure examination for graduates of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science.

    • Hi, I hope grads of BS Env Science can share their whereabouts. I am currently tracking where our graduates are and how we can improve the program.

  2. I think AdMU and PUP also offer the BSES, with the former also having MSES, MEM. Do they have a Ph.D. already?

    Miriam has a degree program in Environmental Planning. Kindly check if AB/BS or MA?

    UP Dil has a School of Urban and Regional Planning.

    • Hi, James!

      Thanks for visiting our site and for sharing what you know.

      You’re right. AdMU does have BSES , MSES, and MEM programs although they don’t seem to have a Ph. D. program yet. There wasn’t any mention of a BSES program in the PUP website, so they’re probably not offering it yet.

      It’s a BS degree.

    • Hi, Ching!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      That will be difficult to answer as unforeseen events can easily change employment trends. There is currently a decent number of job opportunities for graduates of BSES, but the degree doesn’t seem to be particularly in demand — at least when compared to degrees in the fields of engineering, health sciences, and information technology.

    • Hi, Ching!

      Thanks for dropping by again.

      As much as we’d like to answer your question, we don’t really have the means to predict that. The government has been encouraging more students to take us BS Geology, though, as it is said that there is a high demand for geologists but not enough professionals left in the Philippines to fill the job.

    • Hi, Ryne!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      Graduates of BS Environmental Science can work for any company or organization that, in one way or another, deals with the environment. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) would be a good example. Construction firms may also hire environmental scientists to study the possible effects of their future projects to their immediate environment. Aside from those, environmental scientists can also work as researchers at research facilities or as a professor in a college or university.

  3. im currently taking BSES in TUP and im just wondering if i can get a job here in the Philippines in the future and i would love to work on a field and not in the laboratory i want to work with the nature and animals. is there a on job training that i can possibly work in the future who offers hands on training in nature?…and is there a company or farm i can work with when i graduated>?..tnx…..

    • Hi Edzel,

      I’m also a BSES grad and have been working in an envi consulting firm here in the Manila. Should you like to work on the natural environment under a private firm, you’d most likely be doing EIA and pemitting projects. I suggest you look-up multinational envi firms in the net and see if they have offices here in Manila – suggest you do a personal application for these firms. Cheers!

      • HI Gerard,

        you know what??… are an ANGEL IN DISGUISE!….thanks for answering and can i know which company you exactly work now?..and EIA can you please explain it to me and how do you say i’m doing EIA??….im perturbed by this acronyms!!…

  4. hello, I would like to ask if BS in Environmental Science is in demand nowadays here in Philippines? thanks

    • Hi, Lenard!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      There are a couple of job vacancies open for BS Environmental Science graduates, but we’re under the impression that it’s not particularly in demand in the country — at least compared to courses in the fields of engineering and information technology. There seems to be a higher demand abroad, though. Then again, that’s just our impression. We’re not really sure about the actual statistics.

      If you have the time, try to search for “environmental science” on employment websites like Jobstreet and Jobsdb. They will give you an idea of how many vacancies are there for a specific job.

      • is there any examination might be taken by an environmental science graduate here in the philippines?

        • Hi, Roxanne!

          Thanks for visiting our site.

          Were you asking if there’s a licensure examination for BSES graduates? If so, from what we know, there’s none yet.

  5. im a bses graduate.with the increase awareness and consciousness among the people because of the recent hazards brought by climate change,bses became in demand this year. the people now are trying to conform economic development to the preservation and conservation of the environment, that is trying to ensure sustainable now working at DPWH as Environmental Management Specialist II.

  6. hi! I’m Calvin a 3rd yr BSES student, I know i’m kinda far from having a job perhaps after my 4 yrs in college I’m planning to take my MS degree soon but then I’m just excited if what are the available jobs in regards with my chosen field after I graduate. I hope you can help me find soon haha FUTURISTIC :D i hope then you know what i feel :D tnx

    • Hi, Calvin!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      Job opportunities may change over time, but right now, some of the jobs available for graduates of BSES include environmental scientist, safety, security, health and environment officer, research assistant, research analyst, quality assurance analyst, and environmental consultant.
      Browsing employment sites like jobstreet and jobsdb might give some more examples too. :)

      • Thank you! for the reply. Can I ask are u a BSES graduate? Can you help me find a job soon hahahaha! (weird thought)

        • Hi, Calvin!

          You’re welcome.

          Nope, but those examples were based on the current job titles of actual BSES graduates. :)

          Try to check out the sites we mentioned before as well as the other sites similar to them. You won’t only find actual lists of jobs you can pursue after you graduate, you can also get a general idea of what employers look for in applicants so you can make the necessary preparations that could give you an edge in job screenings as early as now.

  7. The Technological University of the Philippines-Manila also offers Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. I am a graduate of the said course in that school. We have subjects in chemistry (analytical, general, biocheistry and organic), biology (general biology and microbiology) and also general physics. Also included in the future job undertaking is pollution control officer (PCO). The said post is tasked to monitor the comapany’s compliance to the existing environmental laws in an area.

    • It varies depending on your skills and interests. If you’ve always liked Science-related subjects and don’t have much problems with numbers, you’d probably do just fine. We haven’t personally experienced taking BSES, though, so you might want to ask actual graduates of the course as they’d probably be able to share more information with you.

  8. Hello !
    Is it hard to find a job when your a BS-ES grad ?
    Just asking.
    I’m a 1styr BS-ES at University of Mindanao , Davao City.

  9. nvironmental Science course was very interesting because it deals with an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical and biological sciences, the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems. Environmental science also provides an integrated, quantitative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems. What I like most of this course is very challenging and I can be more close to our environment for me to know the aqua and terrestrial habitat of our ecosystem- and its function as well. It was not difficult for me to take this course because I’m already a nature’s lover.

  10. Hi I’m also a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and already working as
    an Environmental officer in Local Government Unit but the problem is that my promotion for my position need a eligibility.. what kind of exam will do? Is it applicable for me to take Civil Service Exam?