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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in the Rocky Mountains Region

Approximately 97,754 general biology degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking analyzed 24 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 the Rocky Mountains Region.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in the Rocky Mountains 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. 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 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 26% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 27%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 391 to 86 )
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 Rocky Mountains schools results in an average starting salary of $27,584, graduates of colleges on this list average $30,100.

Starting Salary  ( 28568 to 32431 )
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$31,800

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 the Rocky Mountains Region.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Rocky Mountains

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

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region

Colorado State University - Fort Collins is a good decision for students pursuing a General Biology degree. Colorado State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Fort Collins. This college ranks 7th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There are roughly 341 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Colorado State. Graduates of the biology program make an average of $28,000 in the first couple years of working.

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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah is a wonderful choice for individuals pursuing a General Biology major. U of U is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City. A Best Colleges rank of 180 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of U is a great college overall.

There are approximately 206 general biology undergraduates studying this program at U of U. University of Utah general biology students make $2,767 more than the standard biology grad.

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University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus is among your best bets if you're planning on studying general biology. Located in the large city Denver, CU Anschutz is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 12th out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

With 233 undergrads, University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Rocky Mountains. General Biology majors from University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus earn a boost of around $4,067 over the typical earnings of general biology majors.

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University of Denver

Denver, CO

It's difficult to beat University of Denver if you want to study general biology. U of Denver is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Denver. A Best Colleges rank of 176 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U of Denver is a great school overall.

A popular choice for general biology undergraduates, there are roughly 79 individuals studying this degree at U of Denver. After getting their bachelor's degree, biology students generally make around $24,800 in their early careers.

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USU is a very large public school located in the small city of Logan. This college ranks 15th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Utah.

With 105 undergraduates, Utah State University is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Rocky Mountains. Graduates from the general biology major at Utah State University make $6,667 above the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

Located in the remote town Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 8th out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wyoming.

There are approximately 33 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at U of Wyoming. General Biology majors from University of Wyoming receive an earnings boost of approximately $4,467 above the average earnings of general biology graduates.

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Regis University

Denver, CO

Located in the large city Denver, Regis U is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 13th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

A preferred choice for general biology undergrads, there are roughly 32 students enrolled in this program at Regis U. Students who graduate from the biology program earn about $28,000 in the first couple years of their career.

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Carroll College

Helena, MT

Located in the remote town Helena, Carroll Montana is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 11th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Montana.

A favorite major for general biology undergraduates, there are roughly 26 individuals studying this program at Carroll Montana. Students who graduate from the biology program earn an average of $24,300 for their early career.

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University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

Idaho is a large public school located in the town of Moscow. This college ranks 10th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Idaho.

A favorite choice for general biology undergraduates, there are roughly 29 students studying this degree at Idaho. Students who graduate from the biology program make around $23,800 in the first couple years of working.

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University of Northern Colorado is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Greeley. This college ranks 23rd out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

With 101 undergraduates, University of Northern Colorado is one of most popular schools to study biology in Rocky Mountains. Graduates of the biology program earn about $28,000 for their early career.

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Best General Biology Colleges by State

Explore the best general biology schools for a specific state in this the Rocky Mountains region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Colorado 263 1,387
Utah 250 587
Idaho 209 521
Montana 180 263
Wyoming 160 66

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 1,120
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 611
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 532
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 477
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 386

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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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