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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in Georgia

General Biology is a popular major and Georgia is the 9th most popular state for students studying this major. 3,170 of the 97,754 General Biology degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Georgia. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in Georgia ranking analyzed 26 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 Georgia.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in Georgia Your choice of general biology school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 19% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 18%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 239 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A general biology degree from schools on this list typically results in higher than average income after graduation. Recent general biology graduates from Georgia schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $25,850 in 2017-2018.

Starting Salary  ( 23012 to 26787 )
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$27,400

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 Georgia.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Georgia

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

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in Georgia

#1

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University is among your best bets if you want to study general biology. Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Atlanta. A Best Colleges rank of 34 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Emory is a great school overall.

There are about 271 general biology undergrads studying this degree at Emory. After graduating, biology students generally make about $23,700 in the first five years of their career.

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It's hard to beat Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus if you want to pursue general biology as a major. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Atlanta. This school ranks 2nd out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

A popular choice for general biology undergrads, there are about 90 learners enrolled in this degree at Georgia Tech. Graduates of the biology program earn around $24,900 in the first couple years of their career.

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#3

Mercer University

Macon, GA

Mercer University is a wonderful decision for students interested in a General Biology major. Mercer is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Macon. This college ranks 8th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are roughly 105 general biology undergrads studying this degree at Mercer. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, biology students generally make around $27,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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#4

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Any student who is interested in general biology has to check out University of Georgia. UGA is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Athens. This college ranks 3rd out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are about 421 general biology undergrads enrolled in this program at UGA. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career income of $24,100.

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Georgia State is a very large public school located in the large city of Atlanta. This college ranks 13th out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are roughly 399 general biology undergrads enrolled in this degree at Georgia State. After graduation, biology students typically earn around $25,100 in the first five years of their career.

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Located in the distant town Milledgeville, Georgia College is a public school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 10th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

A preferred major for general biology undergrads, there are about 83 individuals enrolled in this degree at Georgia College. Students who graduate from the biology program make about $27,200 for their early career.

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#7

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

Augusta University is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Augusta. This school ranks 14th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

Augusta University is one of the most popular college to study biology in Georgia exceeding 43 graduations last year. General Biology students from Augusta University receive an earnings boost of about $7,776 above the average earnings of general biology majors.

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Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

Located in the large city Atlanta, Spelman is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This college ranks 4th out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

A favorite choice for general biology undergraduates, there are about 55 students studying this degree at Spelman. Soon after graduating, biology students usually earn an average of $16,300 in the first five years of their career.

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#9

Berry College

Mount Berry, GA

Located in the suburb Mount Berry, Berry is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This college ranks 5th out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

Berry College is one of the most popular college to study biology in Georgia with over 18 graduations last year. Grads of the biology program state that they receive average early career wages of $17,100.

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Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

GaSou is a fairly large public school located in the town of Statesboro. This school ranks 15th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are approximately 257 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at GaSou. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, biology students typically make an average of $24,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Best General Biology Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
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

General Biology is one of 14 different types of Biological & Biomedical Sciences programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 315
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 288
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 266
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 111
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 99

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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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