Biological & Biomedical Sciences

2021 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region

69 Colleges
20,143 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,896 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region In 2018-2019, 126,493 biological and biomedical sciences students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #5 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 20,143 went to undergraduates in the Far Western US region of the United States.

This year's Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region ranking analyzed 69 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in biological and biomedical sciences. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent biological and biomedical sciences programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the biological and biomedical sciences program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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2021 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region

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Top 10 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of California - Davis has taken the #1 spot in this year's biological and biomedical sciences ranking for non-traditional students. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Davis. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UC Davis has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Far Western US Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at UC Davis is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,528 students take at least one class online at UC Davis. About 1,248 of the students at UC Davis are attending part time.

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University of California - San Diego earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public college with a very large student population. UCSD not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Far Western US Region list.

The student loan default rate at UCSD is lower than is typical, just 1.7% of students default in three years. There are roughly 1,297 part time students in attendance at UCSD.

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University of California - Los Angeles earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. UCLA did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Far Western US Region list.

About 1.3% of UCLA students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,288 students take at least one class online at UCLA. 1,642 of UCLA students are attending part time.

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Our rankings recognize University of Washington - Seattle Campus as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a very large student population. UW Seattle did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Far Western US Region list.

The student loan default rate at UW Seattle is lower than is typical, just 2.8% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,490 students take at least one class online at UW Seattle. About 5,528 of the students at UW Seattle are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Washington State University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Wazzu is a very large public school located in the distant town of Pullman. Wazzu excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Far Western US Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. 3,345 students at Wazzu are exclusively online. 4,795 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - East Bay as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Hayward, Cal State East Bay is a public school with a large student population.

About 5.4% of Cal State East Bay students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,927 students at Cal State East Bay that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,742 part time students in attendance at Cal State East Bay. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of the Pacific landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best biological and biomedical sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Stockton, Pacific is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. Pacific also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Far Western US Region list, coming in at #6.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.1%. There are roughly 805 part time students in attendance at Pacific. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Our rankings recognize Oregon State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Oregon State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Corvallis. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Oregon State also did well on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Far Western US Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 3.9% of Oregon State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,917 students take at least one class online at Oregon State. 8,853 of Oregon State students are attending part time. Oregon State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of California - Berkeley landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best biological and biomedical sciences schools for non-traditional students. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. UC Berkeley also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Far Western US Region rankings.

About 2.0% of UC Berkeley students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 930 students take at least one class online at UC Berkeley. There are roughly 3,108 part time students in attendance at UC Berkeley.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Santa Cruz as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Santa Cruz, UC Santa Cruz is a public school with a large student population. UC Santa Cruz did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the Far Western US Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.7%. There are approximately 853 students at UC Santa Cruz that take at least one class online. There are roughly 607 part time students in attendance at UC Santa Cruz.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Far Western US Region non-traditional students studying Biological & Biomedical Sciences that almost earned our Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region award.

Rank College Location
11 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
12 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
13 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA

Best for Non-Traditional Students Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students biological and biomedical sciences schools for a specific state in the Far Western US region.

State Degrees Awarded
California 14,696
Washington 2,671
Hawaii 471
Oregon 1,495
Alaska 115
Nevada 685

Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 15,589
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 2,921
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 2,177
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 1,560
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 1,081

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 31,267
Computer & Information Sciences 23,547
Physical Sciences 11,821
Mathematics & Statistics 11,564
Natural Resources & Conservation 5,980

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Kelly White.

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