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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in Oregon

General Biology is a popular major and Oregon is the 31st most popular state for students studying this major. 900 of the 97,754 General Biology diplomas earned last year were given by schools in Oregon. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in Oregon ranking analyzed 9 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools for General Biology students in Oregon.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in Oregon 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. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

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.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A general biology degree from colleges on this list typically translates into higher than average salaries following graduation. A general biology bachelors degree from a school in Oregon helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $26,567 a couple years later.

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 colleges for General Biology students in Oregon.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Oregon

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Best Biology Colleges in Oregon

#1

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

Every student pursuing a degree in general biology needs to take a look at University of Oregon. UO is a very large public school located in the city of Eugene.

Soon after graduation, biology students typically earn about $27,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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#2

University of Portland

Portland, OR

It's difficult to beat University of Portland if you wish to study general biology. Located in the city Portland, University of Portland is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Students who graduate from this degree report average early career wages of $28,300.

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#3

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

It's difficult to beat Oregon State University if you want to pursue general biology as a major. Oregon State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Corvallis.

Students who graduate from the biology program make an average of $28,200 in the first couple years of working.

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Willamette University is among your top options if you want to study general biology. Located in the midsize city Salem, Willamette is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Graduates of the biology program state that they receive average early career earnings of $27,500.

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#5

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

Located in the suburb Forest Grove, Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Soon after graduation, biology students typically earn about $26,200 in the first five years of their career.

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#6

George Fox University

Newberg, OR

Located in the fringe town Newberg, GFU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Graduates of the biology program earn around $27,100 for their early career.

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Lewis & Clark College

Portland, OR

Located in the large city Portland, Lewis and Clark College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After graduating, biology students typically earn an average of $18,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Portland State University is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Portland.

Students from the general biology major at Portland State University earn $2,733 above the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Western Oregon State College is a small public school located in the town of Monmouth.

Students who graduate from the biology program make an average of $26,600 for their early career.

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Best General Biology Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best General Biology Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 316 12,281
Washington 293 1,487
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.

Majors Similar to Biology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 257
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 158
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 120
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 73
Biotechnology 66

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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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