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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in the Southwest Region

Approximately 97,754 general biology degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in the Southwest Region ranking analyzed 40 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 6 schools for General Biology students in the Southwest Region.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in the Southwest 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. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

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 include a school'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.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 21% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 17%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 243 to 23 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

General Biology graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent general biology graduates from Southwest schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $27,176 in 2017-2018.

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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 Southwest Region.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Southwest

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

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in the Southwest Region

Texas A&M University - College Station is among your top options if you want to study general biology. Located in the medium-sized city College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 102 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Texas A&M is a great college overall.

There are about 713 general biology undergrads enrolled in this degree at Texas A&M. Soon after graduation, biology students usually earn about $24,800 in their early careers.

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Any student pursuing a degree in general biology needs to look into Arizona State University - Tempe. Located in the city Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 11th out of 138 colleges for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

There are about 621 general biology undergrads studying this program at ASU - Tempe. After graduation, biology students typically earn around $28,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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The University of Texas at Austin is a good choice for students interested in a General Biology degree. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin. A Best Colleges rank of 91 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UT Austin is a great school overall.

There are about 638 general biology undergraduates studying this program at UT Austin. Graduates of the biology program earn about $29,100 for their early career.

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It is hard to beat Southern Methodist University if you want to pursue general biology as a major. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas. A Best Colleges rank of 114 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means SMU is a great school overall.

With 90 undergrads, Southern Methodist University is one of most popular schools to study biology in Southwest. Graduates of the biology program earn around $26,500 in the first couple years of working.

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Baylor University

Waco, TX

Baylor is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Waco. This college ranks 7th out of 138 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

Baylor University is a fairly popular school to study biology in Southwest with over 241 graduations last year. After getting their bachelor's degree, biology students generally make an average of $24,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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University of Houston

Houston, TX

Located in the large city Houston, U of H is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 17th out of 138 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

With 343 undergraduates, University of Houston is one of most popular schools to study biology in Southwest. Graduates of the biology program earn around $25,200 in their early career salary.

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Located in the city Glendale, ASU - West is a public college with a small student population. This school ranks 15th out of 138 colleges for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

With 94 undergrads, Arizona State University - West is one of most popular colleges to study biology in Southwest. Soon after graduating, biology students generally make about $28,300 in the first five years of their career.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lubbock. This college ranks 24th out of 138 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

A favorite major for general biology undergraduates, there are about 176 students enrolled in this degree at Texas Tech. Students who graduate from the biology program make around $27,600 in their early career salary.

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UT Dallas is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Richardson. This college ranks 12th out of 138 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

With 284 undergrads, The University of Texas at Dallas is one of most popular schools to study biology in Southwest. Soon after graduation, biology students generally make around $25,100 in the first five years of their career.

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University of Houston - Clear Lake is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Houston. This college ranks 28th out of 138 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

A preferred choice for general biology undergraduates, there are about 93 students enrolled in this degree at University of Houston - Clear Lake. Graduates from the general biology degree program at University of Houston - Clear Lake earn $2,548 above the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Best General Biology Colleges by State

Explore the best general biology schools for a specific state in this the Southwest region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Texas 304 8,230
Arizona 272 1,796
Oklahoma 250 628
New Mexico 216 481

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1,980
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 623
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 600
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 564
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 516

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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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