Best Schools for “BS Chemistry” in the Philippines

James Ryan Jonas

Do you imagine yourself in a laboratory gown conducting laboratory procedures, working with chemicals, and changing the world through innovations in chemical compounds and substances? If so, a degree in Chemistry might be of interest to you!

Continue reading to know the top schools offering a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BS Chemistry) degree in the Philippines.

Licensed Chemists in the Philippines

Licensed Chemists are typically tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Prepare test solutions, reagents, and compounds
  • Analyze both organic and inorganic compounds
  • Develop products and processes
  • Prepare papers and reports, including specifications for products and processes
  • Induce changes in the composition of various substances
  • Analyze various test information

As you can see, being a chemist requires various skills, such as analytical, problem-solving, and attention to detail, to name a few. It also requires technical knowledge of science and mathematics, of course.

If you have what it takes to be a chemist, then go for it!

Chemistry Licensure Exam

To be a licensed chemist in the Philippines, an individual must:

  • 1. Be a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in the Philippines; and
  • 2. Pass the Chemistry Licensure Examination, which is administered by the Board of Chemistry under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The Chemistry Licensure Exam is conducted once a year, either in September or October of every year.

If you’re interested to work as a licensed chemist, be ready and study the following minimum coverage of the Chemistry Licensure Exam administered every year:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

Best Schools for Chemists in the Philippines

Do you want to know which universities in the Philippines record the highest passing rates in the Chemistry Licensure Exams?

Below are the data about the average passing rates in previous Chemistry Licensure Exams. View the table below to see if your school is one of the best schools for chemists in the Philippines!

Schools ranked by Chemistry Licensure Exam Passing Rate

RankSchoolPassing RateNumber of PassersTotal Number of Takers
1Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City100%1414
2Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City95%8488
3University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City93%208222
3University of the Philippines Manila, Manila93%96103
4University of the Philippines Los Banos, Los Banos91%168183
5Adamson University, Manila88%4652
6University of San Carlos, Cebu City83%5566
7Central Luzon State University Science City of Munoz81%5669
8University of Santo Tomas, Manila79%121152
9Mapua University, Manila71%2332
10De La Salle University, Manila66%76114
10Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro66%2030
10Colegio San Agustin Bacolod, Bacolod City66%1218
11Mindanao State University - Main Campus, Marawi City62%3150
12Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Manila61%4675
13University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao59%4983
14Negros Oriental State University, Dumaguete City56%1425
15Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City54%55101

Note: The table above only ranks the passing rates of First-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) past Chemistry Licensure Exams in October 2017, October 2016, September 2015, and September 2014.

Source: PRC Philippines (

James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.