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2021 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Approximately 160,126 biological and biomedical sciences degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences ranking analyzed 651 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in biological and biomedical sciences. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Biological & Biomedical Sciences students.

Choosing a Great Biological & Biomedical Sciences School

Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences The biological and biomedical sciences program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 14% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 10%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 154 to 11 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Biological & Biomedical Sciences graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent biological and biomedical sciences graduates from U.S. colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $28,313 in 2017-2018.

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 Biological & Biomedical Sciences students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other biological and biomedical sciences students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized biological and biomedical sciences related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Biological & Biomedical Sciences students.

Best Schools to Study Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for biological and biomedical sciences majors. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 25 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges

University of California - Davis is a wonderful choice for students interested in a Biological & Biomedical Sciences major. UC Davis is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Davis. This college ranks 83rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

With 1488 undergrads, University of California - Davis is one of most popular colleges to study biological and biomedical sciences in United States.

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Every student pursuing a degree in biological and biomedical sciences has to check out University of Wisconsin - Madison. Located in the large city Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Wisconsin is a great school overall.

There are about 1326 biological and biomedical sciences undergraduates studying this degree at Wisconsin.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University is a great option for individuals pursuing a Biological & Biomedical Sciences degree. Located in the medium-sized city Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Harvard also offers 2 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is a great option for individuals pursuing a Biological & Biomedical Sciences degree. SUNY - ESF is a small public school located in the midsize city of Syracuse. This college ranks 226th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 199 undergrads, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is one of most popular schools to study biological and biomedical sciences in United States.

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UCSD is a very large public school located in the large city of La Jolla. This school ranks 94th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There are roughly 1918 biological and biomedical sciences undergrads enrolled in this degree at UCSD.

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Located in the large city Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 20 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Johns Hopkins also offers 2 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Located in the small city East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 107th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

For those interested in something more advanced, Michigan State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Located in the large city Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 65 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great school overall.

There are roughly 1508 biological and biomedical sciences undergraduates studying this degree at UCLA.

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Duke University

Durham, NC

Located in the large city Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 2 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Duke is a great school overall.

With 501 undergrads, Duke University is one of most popular colleges to study biological and biomedical sciences in United States.

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Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Hanover. A Best Colleges rank of 15 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Dartmouth also offers 2 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of 81 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Northeastern is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Northeastern also offers 2 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the city of Seattle. This school ranks 97th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

For those interested in something more advanced, UW Seattle also offers 2 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

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Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the midsize city of College Station. This school ranks 102nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There are about 1185 biological and biomedical sciences undergraduates studying this program at Texas A&M.

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Located in the midsize city Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 239th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There are roughly 941 biological and biomedical sciences undergrads enrolled in this program at Colorado State.

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Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of 32 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Columbia also offers 2 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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NC State is a very large public school located in the large city of Raleigh. This college ranks 105th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

For those interested in something more advanced, NC State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Located in the large city Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 175th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are about 1099 biological and biomedical sciences undergrads enrolled in this program at Ohio State.

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UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. This college ranks 124th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMN Twin Cities also offers 2 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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#19

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Medford. A Best Colleges rank of 59 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Tufts is a great school overall.

A popular major for biological and biomedical sciences undergraduates, there are approximately 379 individuals studying this program at Tufts.

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Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of 49 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Boston U is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Boston U also offers 2 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the city of New Brunswick. This school ranks 183rd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There are roughly 1136 biological and biomedical sciences undergrads enrolled in this degree at Rutgers New Brunswick.

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Located in the midsize city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 69 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great college overall.

With 1132 undergraduates, University of California - Berkeley is one of most popular schools to study biological and biomedical sciences in United States.

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University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

Pacific is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Stockton. This college ranks 191st out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Pacific offers a Master's Degree in biological and biomedical sciences.

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Located in the small city Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 213th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

For those interested in something more advanced, Iowa State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of 5 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

With 146 undergrads, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of most popular schools to study biological and biomedical sciences in United States.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences

#29

Unity College

Unity, ME
#30

Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA
#35

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#36

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#37

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#38

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#39

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#40

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
#41

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN
#44

Union College New York

Schenectady, NY
#45

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
#47

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#50

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 651 different United States biological and biomedical sciences schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
52 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
53 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
54 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
55 Washington State University Pullman, WA
56 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
57 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
58 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
59 Clemson University Clemson, SC
60 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
61 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
62 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
63 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
64 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
65 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
66 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
67 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
68 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
69 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
70 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
71 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
72 Williams College Williamstown, MA
73 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
74 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
75 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
76 Emory University Atlanta, GA
77 Georgetown University Washington, DC
78 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
79 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
80 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
81 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
82 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
83 Brown University Providence, RI
84 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
85 University of New England Biddeford, ME
86 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
87 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
88 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
89 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
90 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
91 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
92 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
93 Stonehill College Easton, MA
94 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
95 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
96 Providence College Providence, RI
97 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences award.

Rank College Location
98 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
99 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
100 George Washington University Washington, DC
101 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
102 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
103 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
104 Central College Pella, IA
105 Lafayette College Easton, PA
106 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
107 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
108 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
109 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
110 New York University New York, NY
111 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
112 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
113 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
114 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
115 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
116 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
117 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
118 University of California - Merced Merced, CA
119 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
120 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
121 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
122 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
123 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
124 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
125 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
126 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
127 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
128 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
129 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
130 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

Biological & Biomedical Sciences by Region

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Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 98,638
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 14,004
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 9,504
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 7,844
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6,987

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 220,337
Engineering 200,684
Engineering Technologies 92,549
Physical Sciences 53,556
Mathematics & Statistics 49,748

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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 Kelly White. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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