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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in the Great Lakes 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 challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 97 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 14 schools for General Biology students in the Great Lakes Region.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in the Great Lakes Region 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 good 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 collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

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 20%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 250 to 13 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

General Biology graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average general biology bachelors degree from Great Lakes colleges results in an average starting salary of $28,059, graduates of colleges on this list average $31,664.

Starting Salary  ( 26729 to 35470 )
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$41,600

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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for General Biology students in the Great Lakes Region.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Great Lakes

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study general biology. 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 97 schools analyzed, only 14 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 14 Best Biology Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

University of Detroit Mercy is one of the best schools in the United States for general biology. Located in the city Detroit, UDM is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 45th out of 266 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

University of Detroit Mercy is a fairly popular school to study biology in Great Lakes with more than 94 graduations last year. Students from the general biology program at University of Detroit Mercy earn $11,548 more than the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus is a good decision for individuals interested in a General Biology degree. Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Purdue is a great college overall.

A preferred major for general biology undergraduates, there are about 139 learners studying this program at Purdue. General Biology students from Purdue University - Main Campus receive an earnings boost of about $3,448 above the average income of general biology majors.

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DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

DePauw University is a great choice for individuals interested in a General Biology major. Located in the distant town Greencastle, DePauw is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 50 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means DePauw is a great college overall.

A popular choice for general biology undergraduates, there are approximately 19 learners studying this program at DePauw. General Biology students from DePauw University earn a boost of about $9,248 over the average income of general biology majors.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame is among your best bets if you want to study general biology. Located in the suburb Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 14 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great school overall.

University of Notre Dame is a fairly popular college to study biology in Great Lakes with over 90 graduates last year. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, biology students typically earn about $30,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Located in the small city Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Northwestern U is a great college overall.

Northwestern University is a fairly popular college to study biology in Great Lakes with over 124 graduates last year. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, biology students generally earn around $30,500 at the beginning of their careers.

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Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Milwaukee. This school ranks 20th out of 266 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There are roughly 208 general biology undergrads studying this program at Marquette. Soon after graduation, biology students generally earn around $31,600 in their early careers.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Located in the large city Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 19 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great school overall.

University of Chicago is a fairly popular school to study biology in Great Lakes with over 129 graduations last year. After getting their bachelor's degree, biology students usually make around $31,100 in the first five years of their career.

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Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus. This school ranks 25th out of 266 schools for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are roughly 462 general biology undergrads enrolled in this degree at Ohio State. Students who graduate from this program report average early career earnings of $29,700.

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Loyola Chicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. This school ranks 37th out of 266 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are roughly 364 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at Loyola Chicago. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, biology students generally make around $28,100 in their early careers.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing. A Best Colleges rank of 107 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Michigan State is a great school overall.

There are roughly 486 general biology undergrads studying this degree at Michigan State. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, biology students typically make about $25,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Wisconsin is a great college overall.

There are about 415 general biology undergrads studying this program at Wisconsin. Soon after graduation, biology students generally make about $31,100 in the first five years of their career.

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UW - La Crosse is a fairly large public school located in the city of La Crosse. This college ranks 60th out of 266 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There are about 260 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this program at UW - La Crosse. University of Wisconsin - La Crosse general biology students earn $2,548 more than the standard biology grad.

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Cincinnati is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Cincinnati. This school ranks 59th out of 266 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are approximately 249 general biology undergrads enrolled in this program at Cincinnati. Students from the general biology major at University of Cincinnati - Main Campus make $2,248 above the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Located in the fringe town Oxford, Miami of Ohio is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 34th out of 266 schools for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are about 353 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Miami of Ohio. After getting their bachelor's degree, biology students typically earn about $26,100 in their early careers.

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Honorable Mentions

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 Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
15 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
16 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
17 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
18 Illinois State University Normal, IL
19 Ripon College Ripon, WI
20 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
21 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
22 Denison University Granville, OH
23 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
24 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN

Best General Biology Colleges by State

Explore the best general biology colleges for a specific state in this the Great Lakes region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 2,551
Ohio 303 3,119
Illinois 299 3,067
Indiana 283 1,595
Wisconsin 267 1,973

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 2,040
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 2,026
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 941
Zoology 855
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 741

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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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