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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in Washington

General Biology is a popular major and Washington is the 23rd most popular state for students studying this major. 1,487 of the 97,754 General Biology degrees earned last year were given by schools in Washington. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in Washington ranking analyzed 13 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for General Biology students in Washington.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in Washington The biology program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality biology program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Graduates Earn More After College

General Biology graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent general biology graduates from Washington schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $27,243 in 2017-2018.

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 Washington.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Washington

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study general biology.

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in Washington

It is hard to beat University of Washington - Seattle Campus if you want to pursue general biology as a major. Located in the large city Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a fairly large student population.

General Biology majors from University of Washington - Seattle Campus receive an earnings boost of around $2,969 over the typical income of general biology majors.

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Every student who is interested in general biology has to check out University of Puget Sound. Puget Sound is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Tacoma.

General Biology graduates from University of Puget Sound earn a boost of about $4,469 above the average earnings of general biology majors.

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Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

Whitman College is among your best bets if you want to study general biology. Whitman is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Walla Walla.

Soon after graduation, biology students generally earn an average of $23,300 in their early careers.

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Washington State University is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a General Biology major. Wazzu is a very large public school located in the distant town of Pullman.

Students from the general biology major at Washington State University make $2,069 more than the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Spokane.

Soon after graduation, biology students generally earn an average of $24,100 in the first five years of their career.

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University of Washington - Bothell Campus is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Bothell.

University of Washington - Bothell Campus general biology majors receive $2,969 more than the average biology graduate.

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Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Located in the large city Seattle, Seattle U is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Students who graduate from this degree report average early career earnings of $26,500.

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Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

Located in the large suburb Spokane, Whitworth is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Students who graduate from the biology program make an average of $24,800 in the first couple years of their career.

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Located in the small city Bellingham, WWU is a public school with a large student population.

Grads of the biology program report average early career income of $26,000.

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Located in the city Lacey, Saint Martin's is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, biology students usually earn an average of $27,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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Best General Biology Colleges in the Far Western US Region

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

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

One of 14 majors within the Biological & Biomedical Sciences area of study, General Biology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 493
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 397
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 321
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 154
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 151

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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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