by Nathan Angelo Cruz | News Writer
Silliman University (SU)’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences (IEMS) are now offering the following new courses: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Pharmacy, B.S. in Environmental Science, B.S. in Marine Biology and Master of Research in Tropical Biological Oceanography.
The rising demand for pharmacists and the lack of schools offering the course in this region led to its implementation, said Dr. Mae Villordon, Dean of the CAS.
She also said a feasibility study for B.S. Pharmacy was conducted beforehand, which showed positive results.
However, Dr. Villordon said that due to its announcement on short notice, the course was unable to attract many students. Pharmacy currently has 19 enrollees.
Regarding the IEMS courses, the implementation of the K-12 program and the CHED Memorandum Order for B.S. in Marine Biology have paved the way for their offering, according to Dr. Janet Estacion , Graduate Studies Coordinator at the IEMS.
Likewise, Dr. Estacion said , “The official publication of the new undergraduate degree offering was late. It is possible that would-be applicants were not aware that the University was offering these new degrees.”
B.S. Environmental Science has 1 student, while BS Marine Biology has 10 students.