Biological & Biomedical Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in California

49 Colleges
14,696 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,371 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in CaliforniaOut of the majors we analyze each year, biological and biomedical sciences was ranked 5th in California. In fact, 14,696 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that of the 126,493 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 11.6% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in California ranking, we looked at 49 colleges that offer a bachelor's in biological and biomedical sciences. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on biological and biomedical sciences schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

More Ways to Rank Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools

The biological and biomedical sciences 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 Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools.

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2021 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools in California

The following schools top our list of the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools

California State University - Long Beach landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Located in the large city of Long Beach, Cal State Long Beach is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 5.0 years for the average student at Cal State Long Beach to complete their degree, and it costs about $24,708 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach is $122,552. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is 4.5 years, and it costs about $32,197 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is $143,921. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of San Diego, SDSU is a public school with a very large student population.

The average student at SDSU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,830. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SDSU is about $141,818. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of the Pacific. Located in the city of Stockton, Pacific is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Pacific has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in California ranking.

The average student at Pacific graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $40,755. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Pacific is about $174,839. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - San Diego as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public college with a very large student population. UCSD did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in California list.

At UCSD, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $37,241. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UCSD is $161,254. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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California State University - Fresno landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Located in the large city of Fresno, Fresno State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 5.0 years for the average student at Fresno State to complete their degree, and it costs about $20,188 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Fresno State is $100,132. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Merced. Located in the rural area of Merced, University of California - Merced is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

At University of California - Merced, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $34,643. This means that the average student pays around $155,547 to get a bachelor’s degree from University of California - Merced. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of California - Los Angeles earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. UCLA also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in California list, coming in at #3.

It takes the average student at UCLA about 4.2 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,402. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UCLA is $164,306. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Davis. UC Davis is a very large public school located in the suburb of Davis. UC Davis not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in California list.

It takes the average student at UC Davis about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,717. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis is $171,975. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize California State Polytechnic University - Pomona as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Pomona, CSU Pomona is a public college with a very large student population.

At CSU Pomona, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.9 years, and it costs about $28,111 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from CSU Pomona is $137,744. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 2,671
Hawaii 471
Oregon 1,495
Alaska 115
Nevada 685

Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 8,143
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1,926
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 1,615
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 1,181
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 488

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Majors Similar to Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 14,467
Computer & Information Sciences 8,752
Mathematics & Statistics 4,654
Physical Sciences 3,889
Natural Resources & Conservation 3,172

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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 Kelly White.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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