2022 Best General Biology Schools in Iowa

18 Colleges in Iowa
936 Biology Degrees Awarded
$30,291 Avg Early-Career Salary
General Biology is of the hottest degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #5 most popular major in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 18 schools in Iowa to determine which ones were the best for general biology students pursuing a degree. Combined, these schools handed out 936 degrees in general biology to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best General Biology Schools in Iowa Your choice of general biology school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for general biology schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your General Biology Degree Level

The biology school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best General Biology Schools in Iowa. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for General Biology in Iowa

The schools below may not offer all types of biology degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer.

10 Top Iowa Schools in Biology

#1

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
41 Biology Degrees Awarded

Grinnell College is a good option for students pursuing a degree in general biology. Located in the town of Grinnell, Grinnell is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #103 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Grinnell is a great college overall.

There were about 41 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Grinnell in the most recent year we have data available. Those general biology students who get their degree from Grinnell College make $4,209 more than the standard biology graduate.

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#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
128 Biology Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat University of Iowa if you wish to pursue a degree in general biology. Iowa is a very large public university located in the small city of Iowa City. A Best Schools rank of #226 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Iowa is a great university overall.

There were approximately 128 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Iowa in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, biology degree recipients typically earn around $31,400 in their early careers.

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#3

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
95 Biology Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in general biology needs to take a look at University of Northern Iowa. Located in the small city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #229 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UNI is a great university overall.

There were about 95 general biology students who graduated with this degree at UNI in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, biology degree recipients generally make an average of $29,700 in the first five years of their career.

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#4

Drake University

Des Moines, IA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$23,600 Median Student Debt

Drake University is a wonderful choice for students interested in a degree in general biology. Located in the medium-sized city of Des Moines, Drake is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #184 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Drake is a great university overall.

There were about 18 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Drake in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, biology degree recipients usually earn about $30,400 in their early careers.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
225 Biology Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #146 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Iowa State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 225 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Iowa State in the most recent data year. After graduation, biology degree recipients typically earn an average of $30,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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#6

Central College

Pella, IA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
36 Biology Degrees Awarded

Central is a small private not-for-profit college located in the town of Pella. A Best Schools rank of #545 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Central is a great college overall.

There were roughly 36 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Central in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the biology program report average early career income of $29,300.

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#7

Dordt University

Sioux Center, IA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
22nd Most Popular In IA
$21,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the town of Sioux Center, Dordt is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #526 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Dordt is a great university overall.

There were about 11 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Dordt in the most recent data year.

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#8

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
18th Most Popular In IA

Mount Mercy is a small private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Cedar Rapids. This university ranks 20th out of 45 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were roughly 11 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Mount Mercy in the most recent data year.

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#9

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
41 Biology Degrees Awarded

Located in the distant town of Waverly, Wartburg is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #464 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Wartburg is a great college overall.

There were about 41 general biology students who graduated with this degree at Wartburg in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the biology program earn an average of $31,500 for their early career.

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#10

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, IA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
16th Most Popular In IA
$23,375 Median Student Debt

Located in the remote area of Fayette, UIU is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 24th out of 45 colleges for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were about 13 general biology students who graduated with this degree at UIU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Best General Biology Colleges in the Plains States Region

Explore all the Best General Biology Colleges in the Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

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

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

Biology Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Biology Studies 867
General Biomedical Sciences 69

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 278
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 133
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 132
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 68
Genetics 61
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 43
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 29
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 27
Botany/Plant Biology 10
Biotechnology 6

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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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