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2020 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. 3,260 of the 95,805 General Biology diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in North Carolina. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in North Carolina ranking analyzed 28 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 schools 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 3%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 59 to 16 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A general biology degree from schools on this list typically results in above average wages following graduation. While the average general biology bachelors degree from North Carolina schools 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 full 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

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

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in North Carolina

#1

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

It's hard to beat Wake Forest University if you wish to study general biology. Located in the city Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 37 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Wake Forest University is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Wake Forest University also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general biology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Wake Forest University general biology students receive $5,789 more than the typical biology grad.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University is a good option for students interested in a General Biology major. Located in the large city Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 1 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Duke is a great college overall.

There are roughly 235 general biology undergrads studying this degree at Duke. General Biology majors from Duke University receive an earnings boost of around $5,389 above the average income of general biology majors.

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Every student who is interested in general biology needs to look into University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Located in the small city Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 4th out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are approximately 521 general biology undergrads studying this degree at UNC Chapel Hill. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, biology students generally earn about $30,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Every student who is interested in general biology has to take a look at Davidson College. Davidson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Davidson. This college ranks 3rd out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

Davidson College is a fairly popular college to study biology in North Carolina exceeding 51 graduations last year.

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NC State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Raleigh. This college ranks 6th out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are approximately 266 general biology undergrads studying this program at NC State. Students from the general biology program at North Carolina State University earn $2,089 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#6

Elon University

Elon, NC

Located in the medium-sized suburb Elon, Elon is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 5th out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

Elon University is a fairly popular school to study biology in North Carolina with more than 30 graduations last year. Graduates of the biology program earn about $29,000 for their early career.

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UNC Charlotte is a very large public school located in the city of Charlotte. This school ranks 11th out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

For those interested in something more advanced, UNC Charlotte also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general biology, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the biology program make about $29,100 for their early career.

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Located in the small city Greenville, ECU is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 10th out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are roughly 192 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at ECU. After graduating, biology students generally earn an average of $29,400 in the first five years of their career.

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Located in the town Boone, Appalachian State is a public college with a large student population. This school ranks 9th out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

With 162 undergrads, Appalachian State University is one of most popular schools to study biology in North Carolina. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, biology students typically earn around $27,400 in the first five years of their career.

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UNCW is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Wilmington. This school ranks 8th out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UNCW offers a Master's Degree in general biology. Soon after graduation, biology students usually make an average of $25,600 in their early careers.

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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 300 3,141
Florida 291 5,393
Virginia 289 3,115
Tennessee 266 1,366
Kentucky 257 1,124
South Carolina 254 1,754
Louisiana 254 1,377
Alabama 250 1,665
Arkansas 249 854
Mississippi 239 1,297
West Virginia 222 435

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 14,048
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 8,716
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 8,072
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6,799
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 5,493

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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.

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