The Institute of Biology was established in 1986 when the former Departments of Botany and Zoology merged. The merger was in response to the need to consolidate the facilities and manpower necessary for the development to an institution of higher learning and research in the various fields of basic and applied biology in the Philippines.
Since its inception the Institute of Biology continues to provide quality education in biological sciences at the tertiary level while engaging in relevant research in the various fields of biology. The Institute is also active in extension-work, regularly conducting seminars and training workshops on biological concepts for secondary and tertiary educators. It also maintains collaborations with government agencies and other academic institutions, both national and international.
In 2006 and 1998, the Institute was declared by the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippine Government a Center of Excellence in Biology, particularly in the field of Biodiversity. An annual grant of ₱3,000,000 for a period of three years has been given to the Institute in this regard.
To provide state of the art undergraduate and graduate education in pure and applied biology through world-class capabilities;
To carry out advanced research in established and emerging areas of biology;
To perform various biology-related extension services geared at national scientific and technology development;
To foster academic and research linkages with local and foreign scientific institutions.
“The Institute of Biology, College of Science, University of the Philippines Diliman as a National Center of Excellence in Biology in the area of Biodiversity”