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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in the Far Western US Region

Approximately 97,754 general biology degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in the Far Western US Region ranking analyzed 74 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 11 schools for General Biology students in the Far Western US Region.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in the Far Western US Region Your choice of general biology school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 16% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 31%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 233 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A general biology degree from colleges on this list usually results in higher than average salaries following graduation. While the average general biology bachelors degree from Far Western US colleges results in an average starting salary of $28,000, graduates of colleges on this list average $33,036.

Starting Salary  ( 26179 to 36220 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on General Biology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other general biology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized general biology related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for General Biology students in the Far Western US Region.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Far Western US

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a General Biology degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 74 schools analyzed, only 11 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 11 Best Biology Colleges in the Far Western US Region

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

It's hard to beat Stanford University if you wish to study general biology. Located in the suburb Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 6 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great school overall.

A favorite major for general biology undergrads, there are approximately 111 individuals studying this degree at Stanford. General Biology students from Stanford University earn a boost of about $5,256 over the typical earnings of general biology graduates.

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It is difficult to beat University of the Pacific if you wish to pursue general biology as a major. Pacific is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Stockton. This college ranks 28th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

University of the Pacific is a fairly popular college to study biology in Far Western US with over 112 graduations last year. University of the Pacific general biology graduates earn $10,856 more than the standard biology graduate.

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University of California - San Diego is among your best bets if you're planning on studying general biology. UCSD is a fairly large public school located in the city of La Jolla. This college ranks 12th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are about 454 general biology undergraduates studying this program at UCSD. Graduates of the biology program make around $29,000 in their early career salary.

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Any student pursuing a degree in general biology needs to take a look at University of California - Berkeley. Located in the midsize city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 69 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great college overall.

There are approximately 272 general biology undergrads enrolled in this degree at UC Berkeley. University of California - Berkeley general biology graduates receive $2,456 more than the typical biology graduate.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Located in the midsize city Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 68 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means SCU is a great college overall.

With 60 undergraduates, Santa Clara University is one of most popular schools to study biology in Far Western US. General Biology students from Santa Clara University get a earnings boost of about $7,456 above the typical earnings of general biology majors.

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Located in the city Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 65 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UCLA is a great college overall.

There are roughly 496 general biology undergrads studying this degree at UCLA. After graduation, biology students usually earn around $25,100 in their early careers.

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UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the city of Seattle. This school ranks 14th out of 173 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are about 186 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at UW Seattle. Students who complete this degree report average early career income of $30,000.

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Located in the small suburb San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 24th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is a fairly popular school to study biology in Far Western US exceeding 258 graduates last year. Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career earnings of $31,200.

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San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of San Jose. This school ranks 70th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

San Jose State University is one of the most popular college to study biology in Far Western US exceeding 205 graduations last year. General Biology graduates from San Jose State University get a earnings boost of approximately $8,556 above the typical income of general biology majors.

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Located in the suburb Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 18th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are about 352 general biology undergrads studying this degree at UCSB. Graduates of the biology program earn around $30,100 for their early career.

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UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Davis. A Best Colleges rank of 83 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UC Davis is a great school overall.

There are approximately 271 general biology undergrads enrolled in this program at UC Davis. Students who graduate from the biology program earn around $30,200 in their early career salary.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Colleges for General Biology in the Far Western US Region award.

Rank College Location
12 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
13 University of California - Merced Merced, CA
14 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
15 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
16 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
17 University of Portland Portland, OR
18 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA

Best General Biology Colleges by State

Explore the best general biology schools for a specific state in this the Far Western US region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 316 12,281
Washington 293 1,487
Oregon 252 900
Nevada 190 552
Hawaii 162 248
Alaska 120 111

General Biology is one of 14 different types of Biological & Biomedical Sciences programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 2,932
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 2,177
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 1,560
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 1,082
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 1,030

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Janderk. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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