The Bicol University College of Science (BUCS) was established by virtue of BOR Resolution No. 75 series of 2004 on September 10, 2004 as part of the vision and implementation of the BU Comprehensive Development Plan. It pooled together in June 2004 the human and physical resources of the BS Computer Science at then BU Computer Science Institute (BUCSI), the BS Chemistry of BU Regional Science Teaching Center (BU RSTC) and BS Biology, then BU College of Arts and Sciences in response to the need to merge the facilities and manpower skills for the development of an institution of higher learning and research in basic and applied science and mathematics.
The BUCSI provided the core staff to establish the College of Science. The BUCS today has a dual nature:
- As a professional college offering the academic degree programs (BS Biology, BS Chemistry, BS Computer Science and BS Information Technology); and,
- As a service college offering natural sciences, mathematics and information and communication technology courses as part of the General Education Courses (GEC) of other colleges of the University, particularly in the Main Campus in Legazpi and in Daraga.
All of the degree programs offered by BUCS are accredited by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc.
The College of Science was established on September 10, 2004 through Board Resolution No. 75, series of 2004. It was formed when the former BS Biology of BUCAS, BS Chemistry of BU-RSTC and BS Computer Science of Computer Science Institute were merged together in response to the need to pool together the facilities and manpower skills for the development of an institution of higher learning and research in basic and applied science and mathematics as envisioned by the Bicol University Comprehensive Development Plan.
The College of Science (CS), enrolled the first year students in Bachelor in Computer Science, a course program previously offered in the Institute of Computer Science (ICS); the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, used to be offered in the Regional Science Teaching Center (RSTC) now merged with the College of Education; and the Bachelor of Science in Biology, previously offered in CAS.
Research and extension are among the four-fold functions of Bicol University along instruction and production. Through the years, the University has assisted in the development of the region through various research undertakings that helped and reached target clients from farmers, fishermen, out-of-school youths, women and other sectors both in rural and urban areas, government and non-government organizations. These activities vary according to the multidiscipline and field of specialization being offered by the university.
The College of Science whose specialization is in the fields of information technology, natural sciences, both physical and biological, faces the challenge of “Uplifting the Bicolano’s quality of life through the understanding, wise use and management of its natural resources”.
College Learning Outcomes
- Apply necessary scientific and technological knowledge and skills on one's specific field of speculation.
- Formulate and conduct basic and applied scientific researchers responsive to national and global developmental needs.
- Advocate volunteerism and social responsibility to alleviate community conditions.
- Develop entrepreneurs' mindset and skills applying knowledge gained in specific fields to engage in productive enterprise.
- Develop the sound academic, moral and ethical values of a professional biologist.
- Carry out scientific research aligned with the research thrust of the University and generate new knowledge as research output.
- Apply biotechnological knowledge for sustained economic growth and development in the region.
- Demonstrate effective technical and communication skills necessary to join the academe, industry and research institutions and/or pursue advanced studies
- Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and understanding in the fundamental chemical sub-field of analytical, inorganic, organic, biochemistry and physical chemistry including background in math and physics.
- Gather and process data effectively using standard laboratory equipment and apply good laboratory practices.
- Provide creative and innovative solution in solving problems involving chemistry, using current disciplinary and interdisciplinary principles while recognizing professional, social, and ethical responsibility.
- Demonstrate capability for professional practice under current global standards employing life-long learning.
- Collaborate effectively with multicultural teams in multi-disciplinary endeavours.
- Articulate orally and in writing the least developments in the specific field of practice using both English and Filipino; and
- Preserve and promote “Filipino historical and cultural heritage”.
BS Computer Science
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, one of the programs offered by the College of Science under the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology (CS/IT) is designed to prepare students for a career in Computer Science and other related fields, equipped with the necessary skills to pursue advanced studies, and/or become applications developer, computer science instructor, database programmer/designer, Information Security Engineer, Quality Assurance Engineer, researcher, systems developer, systems analysts or other Information Technology Professionals who shall develop and promote information and communications technology in the region in the field of Computer Science.
- Utilize concepts and theories of computing, algorithmic foundation and apply new developments in computing.
- Develop algorithmically complex software and effective algorithms for solving computing problems.
- Acquire the skills and the discipline required for designing, writing, and modifying software components, modules, and applications that comprise software solutions.
- Apply the basic cultural, social, legal, and ethical practices inherent in the discipline of computing.
- Engage the life-long learning to adapt to innovations and change in order to be successful.
BS Information Technology
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), one of the programs offered by the College of Science under the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology is designed to prepare students for a career in Information Technology and other related fields, equipped with the necessary skills to pursue advanced studies, and/or become Applications Developer, Database Administrator, Entrepreneur in IT industry, Information Security Administrator, Information Technology Instructor, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Systems Analysts, Technical Support Specialist, Test Engineer, Web Administrator/ Web Master and Web Developer other Information Technology Professionals who shall develop and promote Information and Communications Technology in the region in the field of Information Technology.
- Utilize and implement hardware and software technologies that provide computing solutions to address the needs of an organization.
- Identify various needs within the organization and provide solution using computing technologies.
- Apply basic cultural, social, legal, and ethical practices inherent in the discipline of computing.
- Engage in life-long learning to adapt to innovations and change in order to be successful.