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2020 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Approximately 157,997 biological and biomedical sciences degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences ranking analyzed 824 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in biological and biomedical sciences. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 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 15% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 9%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 153 to 14 )
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. schools 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 colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences students.

Best Schools to Study Biological & Biomedical Sciences in United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study biological and biomedical sciences. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 824 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges

University of California - Davis is a great option for students interested in a Biological & Biomedical Sciences major. UC Davis is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Davis. A Best Colleges rank of 74 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UC Davis is a great college overall.

There are roughly 1610 biological and biomedical sciences undergrads studying this degree at UC Davis.

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Any student pursuing a degree in biological and biomedical sciences needs 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 80 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Wisconsin is a great school overall.

Wisconsin offers biological and biomedical sciences degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's.

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University of California - San Diego is a great decision for individuals interested in a Biological & Biomedical Sciences degree. UCSD is a very large public school located in the large city of La Jolla. A Best Colleges rank of 72 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UCSD is a great school overall.

There are roughly 1886 biological and biomedical sciences undergrads enrolled in this degree at UCSD.

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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 very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 5 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great school overall.

With 595 undergrads, Harvard University is one of most popular colleges to study biological and biomedical sciences in United States.

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Located in the large city Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 49 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great college overall.

With 1539 undergraduates, University of California - Los Angeles is one of most popular colleges to study biological and biomedical sciences in United States.

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Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick. This college ranks 151st out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There are roughly 1099 biological and biomedical sciences undergraduates studying this degree at Rutgers New Brunswick.

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Located in the large suburb Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 20 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Princeton is a great college overall.

With 215 students enrolled, Princeton University is one of most popular schools to study biological and biomedical sciences in United States.

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Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the city of College Station. This school ranks 89th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

Texas A&M offers biological and biomedical sciences degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Located in the city East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 120th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

For those interested in something more advanced, Michigan State also offers 3 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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#10

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Haven. A Best Colleges rank of 4 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Yale is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Yale also offers 3 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 medium-sized city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 65 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UC Berkeley 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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Located in the city Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. This school ranks 102nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Utah.

There are about 825 biological and biomedical sciences undergraduates studying this program at BYU.

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MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of 2 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, MIT 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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Located in the city Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 35 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means U of Michigan is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Michigan also offers 4 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis. This school ranks 132nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMN Twin Cities also offers 3 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 medium-sized suburb Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 125th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

With 652 undergraduates, University of California - Santa Barbara is one of most popular schools to study biological and biomedical sciences in United States.

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Located in the city Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 16 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great school overall.

There are about 1100 biological and biomedical sciences undergrads studying this degree at Johns Hopkins.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

UGA is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Athens. This college ranks 137th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are roughly 832 biological and biomedical sciences undergrads studying this program at UGA.

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Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Clemson is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Clemson. This college ranks 108th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

For those interested in something more advanced, Clemson also offers 4 different higher degree levels in biological and biomedical sciences, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Located in the suburb Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 66 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means U Miami is a great college overall.

University of Miami is a fairly popular school to study biological and biomedical sciences in United States with more than 656 graduates last year.

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CU - Boulder is a fairly large public school located in the city of Boulder. This school ranks 245th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There are about 906 biological and biomedical sciences undergraduates enrolled in this program at CU - Boulder.

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UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the city of Seattle. This school ranks 84th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are approximately 1144 biological and biomedical sciences undergrads studying this program at UW Seattle.

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NC State is a very large public school located in the large city of Raleigh. This college ranks 121st out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are about 663 biological and biomedical sciences undergraduates studying this degree at NC State.

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Located in the city Santa Cruz, UC Santa Cruz is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 259th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

For those interested in something more advanced, UC Santa Cruz 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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Located in the large city Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 206th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

For those interested in something more advanced, Ohio State 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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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences

#28

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#30

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#31

Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA
#33

Duke University

Durham, NC
#38

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#39

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#40

Boston University

Boston, MA
#41

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#43

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#45

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
#46

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#47

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
#48

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#49

New York University

New York, NY
#50

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 824 different United States biological and biomedical sciences schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
52 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
53 Georgetown University Washington, DC
54 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
55 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
56 Emory University Atlanta, GA
57 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
58 Rice University Houston, TX
59 Colgate University Hamilton, NY
60 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
61 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
62 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
63 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
64 Pomona College Claremont, CA
65 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
66 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
67 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
68 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
69 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
70 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
71 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
72 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
73 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
74 Brown University Providence, RI
75 University of Delaware Newark, DE
76 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
77 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
78 Allegheny College Meadville, PA
79 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
80 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
81 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
82 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
83 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
84 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
85 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
86 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
87 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
88 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
89 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
90 Auburn University Auburn, AL
91 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
92 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
93 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
94 Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
95 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
96 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
97 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
98 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
99 Trinity College Hartford, CT
100 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
101 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
102 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
103 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
104 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
105 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
106 Colby College Waterville, ME
107 University of New England Biddeford, ME
108 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
109 Bates College Lewiston, ME
110 Baylor University Waco, TX
111 University of Denver Denver, CO
112 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
113 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
114 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
115 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
116 Villanova University Villanova, PA
117 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
118 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
119 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
120 Hamilton College Clinton, NY
121 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
122 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
123 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX

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
124 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
125 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
126 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
127 Connecticut College New London, CT
128 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
129 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
130 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
131 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
132 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
133 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH
134 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
135 Davidson College Davidson, NC
136 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
137 George Washington University Washington, DC
138 Smith College Northampton, MA
139 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
140 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
141 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
142 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
143 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
144 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
145 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
146 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
147 University of Houston Houston, TX
148 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
149 Stonehill College Easton, MA
150 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
151 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
152 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
153 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
154 Central College Pella, IA
155 Clark University Worcester, MA
156 Siena College Loudonville, NY
157 Eckerd College Saint Petersburg, FL
158 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
159 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
160 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
161 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
162 Williams College Williamstown, MA
163 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
164 University of Chicago Chicago, IL

Biological & Biomedical Sciences by Region

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Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 95,805
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 14,048
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 8,716
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 8,072
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6,799

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 209,723
Engineering 197,582
Engineering Technologies 92,253
Physical Sciences 53,768
Mathematics & Statistics 47,138

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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.

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