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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in Minnesota

General Biology is a popular major and Minnesota is the 20th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,625 of the 97,754 General Biology diplomas earned last year were given by schools in Minnesota. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in Minnesota ranking analyzed 21 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 3 colleges for General Biology students in Minnesota.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in Minnesota 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 include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different 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 12% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 12%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 192 to 107 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

General Biology graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average general biology bachelors degree from Minnesota colleges results in an average starting salary of $29,233, graduates of colleges on this list average $30,467.

Starting Salary  ( 25262 to 32937 )
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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 colleges for General Biology students in Minnesota.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in Minnesota

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Top 10 Best Biology Colleges in Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is among your top options if you want to study general biology. Located in the large 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 undergrads enrolled in this program at UMN Twin Cities. General Biology students from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities receive an earnings boost of approximately $5,567 above the average earnings of general biology majors.

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It is difficult to beat Concordia College at Moorhead if you wish to study general biology. Located in the medium-sized suburb Moorhead, Concordia College Moorhead is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 9th out of 37 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There are roughly 62 general biology undergraduates studying this degree at Concordia College Moorhead. Soon after graduation, biology students generally make about $29,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN

Every student who is interested in general biology needs to look into College of Saint Benedict. Located in the suburb Saint Joseph, CSB is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 6th out of 37 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

With 41 undergraduates, College of Saint Benedict is one of most popular schools to study biology in Minnesota. Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career income of $27,500.

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St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

Every student pursuing a degree in general biology needs to look into St Olaf College. St. Olaf is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Northfield. A Best Colleges rank of 131 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means St. Olaf is a great school overall.

There are roughly 90 general biology undergrads studying this program at St. Olaf. Grads of the biology program state that they receive average early career earnings of $27,400.

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Located in the distant town Winona, Winona State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 15th out of 37 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There are approximately 72 general biology undergraduates studying this program at Winona State. General Biology students from Winona State University receive an earnings boost of about $8,467 over the typical earnings of general biology graduates.

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Carleton College

Northfield, MN

Located in the distant town Northfield, Carleton is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 48 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Carleton is a great college overall.

A popular choice for general biology undergraduates, there are approximately 46 students enrolled in this degree at Carleton. Graduates of the biology program make about $24,100 in their early career salary.

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Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Saint Peter. A Best Colleges rank of 135 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Gustavus Adolphus is a great college overall.

Gustavus Adolphus College is a fairly popular college to study biology in Minnesota exceeding 48 graduations last year. Soon after graduating, biology students typically make an average of $26,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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Macalester College

Saint Paul, MN

Macalester is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul. A Best Colleges rank of 72 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Macalester is a great school overall.

A popular choice for general biology undergraduates, there are approximately 41 individuals studying this program at Macalester. Graduates of the biology program state that they receive average early career earnings of $25,600.

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Saint Johns University

Collegeville, MN

Located in the rural area Collegeville, SJU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 7th out of 37 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

A preferred choice for general biology undergrads, there are roughly 32 learners studying this degree at SJU. Soon after graduation, biology students generally earn about $25,200 in the first five years of their career.

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UST MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul. This college ranks 8th out of 37 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

University of St Thomas Minnesota is one of the most popular college to study biology in Minnesota exceeding 61 graduations last year. Soon after graduation, biology students generally earn around $26,000 in their early careers.

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Best General Biology Colleges in the The Plains States Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
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
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 357
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 313
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 180
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 161
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 124

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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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