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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in the The Plains States Region

Approximately 97,754 general biology degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in the The Plains States Region ranking analyzed 59 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 8 colleges for General Biology students in the The Plains States Region.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in the The Plains States 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. 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 school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different 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 20% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 26%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 338 to 122 )
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. While the average general biology bachelors degree from The Plains States schools results in an average starting salary of $28,927, graduates of colleges on this list average $31,788.

Starting Salary  ( 29661 to 35238 )
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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 The Plains States Region.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in The Plains States

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

Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in the The Plains States Region

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is among your top options if you're planning on studying general biology. Located in the city Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 124 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UMN Twin Cities is a great school overall.

There are approximately 348 general biology undergraduates enrolled in this program at UMN Twin Cities. General Biology majors from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities earn a boost of around $5,360 above the average earnings of general biology graduates.

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Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

Any student pursuing a degree in general biology has to check out Grinnell College. Located in the remote town Grinnell, Grinnell is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 100 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Grinnell is a great college overall.

A popular choice for general biology undergraduates, there are approximately 46 learners studying this program at Grinnell. Graduates from the general biology major at Grinnell College make $5,060 above the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Any student pursuing a degree in general biology has to look into Iowa State University. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the city of Ames. A Best Colleges rank of 213 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Iowa State is a great school overall.

There are roughly 232 general biology undergrads studying this program at Iowa State. After graduation, biology students usually earn an average of $30,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Every student who is interested in general biology needs to take a look at University of Iowa. Located in the small city Iowa City, Iowa is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 190 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Iowa is a great college overall.

With 125 undergraduates, University of Iowa is one of most popular schools to study biology in The Plains States. Students who graduate from the biology program make around $31,400 for their early career.

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Located in the city Lincoln, UNL is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 20th out of 180 colleges for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

There are about 165 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at UNL. Graduates of the biology program earn an average of $29,300 in the first couple years of their career.

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University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

UND is a large public school located in the city of Grand Forks. This college ranks 40th out of 180 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Dakota.

A popular choice for general biology undergraduates, there are approximately 100 individuals studying this degree at UND. University of North Dakota general biology students receive $4,160 more than the standard biology student.

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Located in the city Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 25th out of 180 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There are about 293 general biology undergrads enrolled in this degree at Mizzou. Graduates of the biology program make around $27,000 in their early career salary.

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University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

Located in the small city Lawrence, KU is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 21st out of 180 schools for overall quality in the state of Kansas.

There are about 144 general biology undergraduates studying this program at KU. General Biology graduates from University of Kansas get a earnings boost of about $4,060 above the typical earnings of general biology graduates.

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Located in the medium-sized suburb Moorhead, Concordia College Moorhead is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 207 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Concordia College Moorhead is a great college overall.

A preferred major for general biology undergrads, there are about 62 individuals studying this program at Concordia College Moorhead. After getting their bachelor's degree, biology students generally make about $29,100 in the first five years of their career.

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Central College

Pella, IA

Located in the town Pella, Central is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 24th out of 180 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

With 22 students enrolled, Central College is one of most popular colleges to study biology in The Plains States. Graduates of the biology program earn an average of $29,300 in their early career salary.

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Best General Biology Colleges by State

Explore the best general biology schools for a specific state in this the The Plains States region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Minnesota 275 1,625
Missouri 272 2,057
Kansas 258 709
Iowa 254 946
Nebraska 227 768
North Dakota 200 264
South Dakota 199 365

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
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1,047
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 737
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 434
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 401
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 301

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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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