Top Biology Colleges

As a biology major, you’ll gain a deep understanding of biological and genetic principles that make up human, animal, and plant life on our planet. A heavy dose of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, calculus, and statistics will await you.

Earning a degree in biology will prepare students for careers in a variety of settings, including universities, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, and research laboratories.

What do you need to make it in an Biology program?

Not surprisingly, future biologists need to be extremely strong students of advanced science. Many successful biology majors have a strong visual memory and have an aptitude for seeing complicated scientific concepts in a picture form. The ability to work in teams is also essential, as group laboratory assignments are commonplace.

Your Biology College Checklist:

  • Do undergraduate students have access to the premier laboratories or are they reserved for graduate/Ph.D. students?
  • What independent project(s) or independent research are required as part of the degree?
  • How is your prospective college viewed by industry leaders?
  • What is the professional background of the faculty?
  • How many students are in each class?
  • Are there opportunities to assist faculty with research or are such opportunities reserved for graduate students?
  • Since many biology majors pursue medical or pharmacist degrees, how do medical/pharmacy schools view the undergraduate institutions you are considering?
  • Do they have the most up-to-date computers and technology that help prepare students for the cutting edge aspects of the field?

The Top Biology Colleges & Universities

Fields in the area of biology are competitive and finding the right college and program is often key to landing a good job. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include Colorado College, Duke University, UC Davis, and the University of Washington. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Biology Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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