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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in the Southeast 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 choice. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in the Southeast Region ranking analyzed 155 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 23 colleges for General Biology students in the Southeast Region.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

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

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a college'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.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 23% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 17%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 301 to 74 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

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 Southeast colleges results in an average starting salary of $25,868, graduates of colleges on this list average $28,378.

Starting Salary  ( 22497 to 31102 )
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$37,900

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 Southeast Region.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Southeast

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for general biology majors. 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 155 schools analyzed, only 23 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 23 Best Biology Colleges in the Southeast Region

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Any student pursuing a degree in general biology needs to look into Duke University. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of 2 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great college overall.

With 214 undergrads, Duke University is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Southeast. Graduates from the general biology degree program at Duke University earn $5,828 more than the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#2

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University is among your top options if you're planning on studying general biology. Wake Forest University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem. A Best Colleges rank of 37 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Wake Forest University is a great school overall.

With 145 undergrads, Wake Forest University is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Southeast. Students from the general biology program at Wake Forest University earn $6,228 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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It's hard to beat University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill if you want to study general biology. UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill. A Best Colleges rank of 60 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great school overall.

There are approximately 575 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UNC Chapel Hill. General Biology students from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill receive an earnings boost of approximately $2,228 above the average income of general biology majors.

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Virginia Military Institute is a good decision for students interested in a General Biology degree. VMI is a small public school located in the town of Lexington. This college ranks 26th out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

With 34 students enrolled, Virginia Military Institute is one of most popular schools to study biology in Southeast. Students from the general biology major at Virginia Military Institute earn $9,428 more than the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#5

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn is a very large public school located in the city of Auburn. This school ranks 31st out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Alabama.

There are roughly 403 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at Auburn. Students who graduate from the biology program make an average of $30,000 for their early career.

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#6

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Located in the large city Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 34 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Emory is a great school overall.

There are about 271 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Emory. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career income of $23,700.

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#7

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

GMU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax. This college ranks 38th out of 434 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There are approximately 338 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this program at GMU. George Mason University general biology majors make $5,328 more than the standard biology student.

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#8

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Located in the large suburb Clemson, Clemson is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 144 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Clemson is a great school overall.

There are roughly 385 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at Clemson. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career earnings of $25,900.

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University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Colleges rank of 42 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means University of Virginia is a great school overall.

There are about 333 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at University of Virginia. Students who graduate from this program report average early career income of $27,400.

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#10

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Located in the city Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 88 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great college overall.

Virginia Tech is one of the most popular college to study biology in Southeast with over 246 graduations last year. After graduation, biology students usually make around $26,500 in their early careers.

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Located in the city Charleston, The Citadel is a public school with a small student population. This college ranks 40th out of 434 schools for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

A preferred choice for general biology undergrads, there are roughly 31 learners studying this degree at The Citadel. General Biology students from Citadel Military College of South Carolina receive an earnings boost of about $6,628 above the typical income of general biology majors.

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Carolina is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia. This college ranks 33rd out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

There are approximately 315 general biology undergrads enrolled in this program at Carolina. After getting their bachelor's degree, biology students typically make around $26,800 in their early careers.

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Located in the city Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 105 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means NC State is a great school overall.

There are approximately 305 general biology undergrads enrolled in this program at NC State. Graduates from the general biology major at North Carolina State University get $2,528 more than the typical graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Located in the large city Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 32nd out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There are approximately 956 general biology undergrads studying this degree at USF Tampa. Students who complete this degree report average early career earnings of $25,700.

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Located in the city Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 82 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Georgia Tech is a great college overall.

With 90 undergrads, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Southeast. After graduation, biology students typically make around $24,900 in the first five years of their career.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Located in the medium-sized city Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 160 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Florida State is a great school overall.

Florida State University is one of the most popular college to study biology in Southeast with over 373 graduates last year. Students who graduate from the biology program earn around $21,800 in their early career salary.

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Located in the large suburb Orlando, UCF is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 48th out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There are about 733 general biology undergrads studying this program at UCF. Grads of the biology program state that they receive average early career wages of $23,700.

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UAB is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Birmingham. This college ranks 67th out of 434 schools for overall quality in the state of Alabama.

There are about 238 general biology undergrads studying this degree at UAB. Graduates of the biology program report average early career wages of $25,900.

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Located in the midsize city Richmond, VCU is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 50th out of 434 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There are approximately 363 general biology undergraduates studying this program at VCU. After graduation, biology students typically earn around $24,900 at the beginning of their careers.

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#20

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

JMU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Harrisonburg. This school ranks 27th out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

With 184 undergrads, James Madison University is one of most popular schools to study biology in Southeast. Students who complete this degree report average early career wages of $25,700.

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#21

Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Elon. A Best Colleges rank of 99 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Elon is a great school overall.

Elon University is a fairly popular college to study biology in Southeast with more than 37 graduates last year. Soon after graduating, biology students generally earn about $29,000 in the first five years of their career.

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#22

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

Located in the city Newport News, CNU is a public college with a small student population. This school ranks 43rd out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

A favorite major for general biology undergraduates, there are approximately 172 learners studying this degree at CNU. Graduates of the biology program earn about $27,300 for their early career.

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University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

Located in the city Fayetteville, UARK is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 54th out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Arkansas.

There are approximately 247 general biology undergraduates studying this program at UARK. After getting their bachelor's degree, biology students usually make an average of $26,000 in their early careers.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for General Biology in the Southeast Region

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for in the Southeast Region Biology students that almost earned our Best Colleges for General Biology in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
26 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
27 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
28 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
29 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
30 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
31 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
24 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
25 Mercer University Macon, GA

Best General Biology Colleges by State

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 279 3,170
Florida 276 5,614
North Carolina 274 3,519
Virginia 268 3,176
Tennessee 257 1,493
South Carolina 239 1,732
Kentucky 238 1,144
Alabama 230 1,751
Mississippi 228 1,347
Arkansas 226 868
Louisiana 225 1,437
West Virginia 205 520

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

Majors Similar to Biology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 2,107
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1,836
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 1,486
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 1,356
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 1,066

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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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