The National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) is a multidisciplinary forum for the study of processes that shape the Earth. It is the national center of excellence for the advancement, dissemination and application of geology in the Philippines.
Pursuant to our mandate, the primary objectives of the institute are achieved through teaching, research and extension services. We offer undergraduate education in geology and courses at the graduate level in the fields of Geochemistry, Petrology, Exploration Geophysics, Volcanology, Volcano-Tectonics, Structural geology and tectonics, Geomorphology, Natural hazards, Stratigraphy, Economic Geology, Hydrogeology and Paleontology. Fields of geosciences perceived critical to national development such as Engineering Geology, Environmental Geology, Energy Resources, Neotectonics and Quaternary Geology are key areas of basic and applied research.
NIGS was created through Executive Order No. 889 by the President of the Republic of the Philippines in March 1983. In order to implement the Executive Order, the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines (UP) System authorized on the 26th of May 1983 the organization of NIGS from the Geology section of the former Department of Geology and Geography of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in UP Diliman. The CAS eventually was split into three distinct Colleges, namely College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) and College of Science (CS). During the reorganization of the CAS, NIGS became an academic unit of the CS. Actual operation of NIGS started in January 1984.