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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in Michigan

General Biology is a popular major and Michigan is the 13th most popular state for students studying this major. 2,551 of the 97,754 General Biology diplomas awarded last year were given by schools in Michigan. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in Michigan ranking analyzed 20 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 3 schools for General Biology students in Michigan.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in Michigan 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. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different 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 16%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 232 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

General Biology graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average general biology bachelors degree from Michigan colleges results in an average starting salary of $27,367, graduates of colleges on this list average $31,933.

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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 Michigan.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Michigan

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a General Biology degree.

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in Michigan

Any student who is interested in general biology has to take a look at University of Detroit Mercy. Located in the large city Detroit, UDM is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 8th out of 42 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

A preferred choice for general biology undergraduates, there are about 94 students studying this program at UDM. University of Detroit Mercy general biology students receive $14,280 more than the standard biology student.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University is a great option for students interested in a General Biology major. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing. This college ranks 2nd out of 42 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are roughly 486 general biology undergrads enrolled in this program at Michigan State. Students who complete this program report average early career income of $25,800.

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It is difficult to beat University of Michigan - Ann Arbor if you wish to study general biology. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of Michigan is a great college overall.

There are about 99 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at U of Michigan. After getting their bachelor's degree, biology students generally make an average of $28,400 in the first five years of their career.

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Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin University is a great option for individuals pursuing a General Biology degree. Located in the midsize city Grand Rapids, Calvin is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 7th out of 42 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

With 39 students enrolled, Calvin University is one of most popular schools to study biology in Michigan. Graduates of the biology program state that they receive average early career income of $28,100.

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Located in the suburb Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 10th out of 42 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are about 109 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at GVSU. Grand Valley State University general biology majors earn $2,080 more than the standard biology grad.

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WMU is a very large public school located in the city of Kalamazoo. This school ranks 20th out of 42 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are roughly 157 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at WMU. Graduates from the general biology degree program at Western Michigan University make $4,580 above the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Hope College

Holland, MI

Located in the small city Holland, Hope is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This college ranks 4th out of 42 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

Hope College is a fairly popular school to study biology in Michigan with more than 47 graduations last year. Soon after graduation, biology students generally earn around $25,300 in their early careers.

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Albion College

Albion, MI

Located in the town Albion, Albion is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 11th out of 42 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

With 36 undergrads, Albion College is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Michigan. Students who graduate from the biology program earn about $27,600 in their early career salary.

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Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Wayne State is a very large public school located in the large city of Detroit. This school ranks 18th out of 42 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are roughly 218 general biology undergrads enrolled in this degree at Wayne State. Grads of the biology program report average early career wages of $26,700.

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Located in the distant town Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 16th out of 42 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are about 168 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at Central Michigan. Students who graduate from the biology program make an average of $28,800 for their early career.

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Best General Biology Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best General Biology Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
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 665
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 575
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 259
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 205
Zoology 149

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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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