Best Colleges for a Biology Major: List of Schools
Read about some of the best colleges for biology majors in the nation. Obtain school rankings, program possibilities and location info, and compare similarities and differences to find the school for you.
Examine some of the top schools that offer the best biology bachelor's degree programs. Biology majors at these universities can participate in classroom instruction and perform research in state-of-the-art campus laboratories. Students may be able to specialize in subjects like ecology and evolution, marine biology and biochemistry. Keep reading to learn more!
Best Colleges for Biology Majors
1. Stanford University in Stanford, CA
According to the 2010 rankings by U.S. News and World Report, Stanford's biology program ranks first in the nation. Biology majors at Stanford have their choice of three degree routes - general biology with or without honors or biology major with a field of study and honors. The general biology curriculum consists of courses in biology and core science principles, while the field of study option lets students focus on one of six areas of concentration. These areas include biochemistry and biophysics, ecology and evolution, microbes and immunity, molecular and cellular biology, marine biology or neurobiology. Students can enroll in biology courses once they've completed the first-year core requirements and prerequisites - as early as sophomore year.
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA
MIT's Department of Biology offers a Bachelor of Science in Biology, as well as a minor in biology for students who may be interested in other disciplines. Students within the department have access to 14 research programs, including those dealing with cancer, cloning, stem cells and cellular biology. Biology majors at MIT can choose between two programs: Course VII, which prepares students for careers in research, or Course VII-A, which is preparation for careers without laboratory research (web.mit.edu).
List of 20 Good Schools with Biology Programs
|School Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|University of Texas||49,984||Main Bldg., Rm. 7, 2400 Inner Campus Dr., Austin, TX 78712||(512) 471-3434|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||41,620||500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706||(608) 262-1234|
|University of Michigan-Ann Arbor||41,028||1220 Student Activities Bldg., 515 E. Jefferson, Ann Arbor, MI 48109||(734) 764-1817|
|University of Washington-Seattle||39,675||1400 N.E. Campus Pkwy., Seattle, WA 98195||(206) 543-2100|
|University of California-Los Angeles||38,220||405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095||(310) 825-4321|
|University of California-Berkeley||35,396||110 Sproul Hall #5800, Berkeley, CA 94720||(510) 642-6000|
|University of California-Davis||30,568||1 Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616||(530) 752-1011|
|University of North Carolina||28,567||103 South Bldg. Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599||(919) 962-2211|
|University of California-San Diego||27,520||9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093||(858) 534-2230|
|Harvard University||26,496||Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138||(617) 495-1000|
|University of Pennsylvania||24,107||1 College Hall, 34th and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104||(215) 898-5000|
|Cornell University||20,273||410 Thurston Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850||(607) 255-2000|
|Johns Hopkins University||19,758||3400 N. Charles St., Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218||(410) 516-8000|
|Stanford University||17,833||Montag Hall, 355 Galvez St., Stanford, CA 94305||(650) 723-2300|
|Baylor University||14,541||500 Speight Ave., Waco, TX 76798||(254) 710-1011|
|Duke University||14,060||103 Allen Bldg., Durham, NC 27708||(919) 684-2813|
|Washington University in St. Louis||13,339||1 Brookings Dr., St. Louis, MO 63130||(314) 935-5000|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||10,299||77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139||(617) 253-1000|
|Yale University||10,192||38 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven, CT 06511||(203) 432-1333|
|California Institute of Technology||2,126||1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125||(626) 395-6811|
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