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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in North Carolina

General Biology is a popular major and North Carolina is the 6th most popular state for students studying this major. 3,519 of the 97,754 General Biology degrees earned last year were given by colleges in North Carolina. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in North Carolina ranking analyzed 23 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for General Biology students in North Carolina.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in North Carolina 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 3% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 4%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 66 to 7 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A general biology degree from colleges on this list typically results in higher than average earnings after graduation. While the average general biology bachelors degree from North Carolina colleges results in an average starting salary of $28,317, graduates of colleges on this list average $33,233.

Starting Salary  ( 32096 to 36503 )
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$34,700

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 colleges for General Biology students in North Carolina.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in North Carolina

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for general biology majors.

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in North Carolina

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University is a great option for individuals interested in a General Biology major. Located in the large city Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 2 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great school overall.

There are roughly 214 general biology undergrads studying this degree at Duke. Duke University general biology majors earn $5,983 more than the standard biology grad.

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#2

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

It's hard to beat Wake Forest University if you want to study general biology. Located in the midsize city Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 3rd out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

With 145 undergraduates, Wake Forest University is one of most popular colleges to study biology in North Carolina. Wake Forest University general biology graduates earn $6,383 more than the average biology graduate.

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Every student pursuing a degree in general biology has to take a look at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Located in the small city Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 4th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are about 575 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UNC Chapel Hill. Students from the general biology program at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill get $2,383 above the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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North Carolina State University is a great option for individuals pursuing a General Biology major. NC State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Raleigh. This school ranks 6th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are about 305 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at NC State. North Carolina State University general biology students make $2,683 more than the average biology student.

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#5

Elon University

Elon, NC

Located in the midsize suburb Elon, Elon is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 5th out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

With 37 undergraduates, Elon University is one of most popular schools to study biology in North Carolina. Students who graduate from the biology program earn around $29,000 in their early career salary.

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Located in the city Greenville, ECU 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 North Carolina.

There are roughly 219 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at ECU. After graduating, biology students generally make an average of $29,400 in their early careers.

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UNC Charlotte is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Charlotte. This school ranks 14th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are approximately 244 general biology undergrads studying this program at UNC Charlotte. Students who graduate from the biology program earn about $29,100 in their early career salary.

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Located in the distant town Boone, Appalachian State is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 8th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

With 163 undergrads, Appalachian State University is one of most popular schools to study biology in North Carolina. After graduation, biology students generally make an average of $27,400 in their early careers.

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UNCW is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Wilmington. This college ranks 9th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

With 177 undergrads, University of North Carolina at Wilmington is one of most popular schools to study biology in North Carolina. Soon after graduating, biology students usually make around $25,600 in the first five years of their career.

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Located in the large city Greensboro, UNC Greensboro is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 19th out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

A preferred choice for general biology undergrads, there are about 190 students studying this program at UNC Greensboro. General Biology students from University of North Carolina at Greensboro receive an earnings boost of approximately $3,283 over the average earnings of general biology graduates.

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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
Florida 276 5,614
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
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 273
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 243
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 160
Zoology 139
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 130

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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). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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