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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in Florida

General Biology is a popular major and Florida is the 4th most popular state for students studying this major. 5,614 of the 97,754 General Biology diplomas awarded last year were given by colleges in Florida. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in Florida ranking analyzed 21 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 Florida.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in Florida 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 good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a college'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 18% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 18%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 294 to 141 )
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. Recent general biology graduates from Florida colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $25,013 in 2017-2018.

Starting Salary  ( 21749 to 25650 )
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$25,700

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 Florida.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Florida

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for general biology majors.

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in Florida

Any student who is interested in general biology has to check out University of South Florida - Main Campus. Located in the city Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 5th out of 62 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There are roughly 956 general biology undergrads enrolled in this degree at USF Tampa. Graduates of the biology program state that they receive average early career income of $25,700.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University is a great decision for individuals pursuing a General Biology major. Located in the medium-sized city Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 160 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Florida State is a great college overall.

Florida State University is one of the most popular school to study biology in Florida exceeding 373 graduations last year. Graduates of the biology program earn an average of $21,800 in their early career salary.

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University of Central Florida is one of the finest schools in the United States for general biology. Located in the large suburb Orlando, UCF is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 9th out of 62 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There are about 733 general biology undergrads studying this program at UCF. Graduates of the biology program report average early career income of $23,700.

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Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

Every student who is interested in general biology has to take a look at Florida Atlantic University. FAU is a very large public school located in the small city of Boca Raton. This school ranks 22nd out of 62 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

A preferred choice for general biology undergrads, there are approximately 499 students studying this degree at FAU. Florida Atlantic University general biology students earn $2,881 more than the typical biology graduate.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Located in the midsize city Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 85 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U of F is a great college overall.

With 565 students enrolled, University of Florida is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Florida. Graduates of the biology program earn an average of $21,800 in the first couple years of working.

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University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

UNF is a large public school located in the city of Jacksonville. This school ranks 15th out of 62 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

With 150 undergraduates, University of North Florida is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Florida. University of North Florida general biology graduates receive $4,681 more than the average biology grad.

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University of South Florida Sarasota - Manatee is a small public school located in the large suburb of Sarasota. This college ranks 8th out of 62 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

A popular choice for general biology undergraduates, there are roughly 32 learners studying this program at University of South Florida Sarasota - Manatee. Students who graduate from this program report average early career wages of $25,700.

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Eckerd College

Saint Petersburg, FL

Eckerd is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Petersburg. This school ranks 10th out of 62 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

A preferred major for general biology undergraduates, there are roughly 61 individuals studying this degree at Eckerd. Graduates of the biology program make about $23,600 in the first couple years of their career.

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FIU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Miami. This school ranks 17th out of 62 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There are approximately 778 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this program at FIU. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career earnings of $19,600.

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University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Located in the city Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 103 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U Miami is a great college overall.

University of Miami is a fairly popular school to study biology in Florida exceeding 153 graduations last year. Students who graduate from the biology program earn around $13,700 in their early career salary.

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Best General Biology Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 279 3,170
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
Biotechnology 800
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 741
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 574
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 530
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 395

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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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