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Associate’s Degrees in General Biology

6,832 Yearly Graduations
$21,600 Median Salary
$9,000 Median Debt
An associate's degree in biology is offered at 330 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 60% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 3.6% of biology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Biology Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6,832 students earned their associate's degree in biology. This makes it the 20th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in biology at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 82,869
Associate’s Degree 6,832
Master’s Degree 6,495
Doctor’s Degree 1,608
Basic Certificate 377
Graduate Certificate 307
Undergraduate Certificate 150

Earnings of Biology Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in biology is $21,600. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $18,300 and the high is $23,000.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in biology is $9,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $10,479 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $6,380.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $93.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in biology. About 69.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,065
Women 4,767
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Biology

The racial-ethnic distribution of biology associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 884
Black or African American 475
Hispanic or Latino 2,403
White 2,332
International Students 248
Other Races/Ethnicities 490
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Biology Associate's Degree Students

There are 330 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in biology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, California
297 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bakersfield College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for biology majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Each year, around 26,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 297 associate's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Bakersfield College. Of these students, 76% were women and 77% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Houston Community College

Houston, Texas
228 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Houston Community College. Each year, around 56,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 228 people received their associate's degree in biology from Houston Community College. About 85% of this group were women, and 59% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Long Beach City College

Long Beach, California
227 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Long Beach City College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in biology. Roughly 24,100 attend the school each year. The biology program at Long Beach City College awarded 227 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 74% were women and 82% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas
214 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South Texas College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in biology. Roughly 33,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 214 people received their associate's degree in biology from South Texas College. Of these students, 73% were women and 92% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Reedley College

Reedley, California
172 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Reedley College. Each year, around 11,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 172 associate's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Reedley College. Around 83% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#6

Fresno City College

Fresno, California
159 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fresno City College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in biology. Roughly 24,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 159 associate's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Fresno City College. About 79% of this group were women, and 78% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Clovis Community College

Fresno, California
153 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Clovis Community College. Each year, around 8,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 153 associate's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Clovis Community College. Around 67% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#8

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
149 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Paso Community College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in biology. Roughly 29,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 149 people received their associate's degree in biology from El Paso Community College. About 69% of this group were women, and 85% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

San Antonio College

San Antonio, Texas
135 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Antonio College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in biology. Roughly 19,400 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 135 associate's degrees were handed out to biology majors at San Antonio College. Of these students, 81% were women and 85% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Kingsborough Community College

Brooklyn, New York
106 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kingsborough Community College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in biology. Each year, around 15,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The biology program at Kingsborough Community College awarded 106 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 66% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#11

Antelope Valley College

Lancaster, California
101 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Antelope Valley College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in biology. Roughly 13,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 101 people received their associate's degree in biology from Antelope Valley College. Of these students, 71% were women and 83% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Sierra College

Rocklin, California
100 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sierra College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in biology. Each year, around 18,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The biology program at Sierra College awarded 100 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 70% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

San Diego City College

San Diego, California
99 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego City College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in biology. Each year, around 14,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 99 associate's degrees were handed out to biology majors at San Diego City College. Around 69% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#14

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego, California
95 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is San Diego Mesa College. Each year, around 20,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 95 associate's degrees were handed out to biology majors at San Diego Mesa College. Of these students, 67% were women and 74% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

San Diego Miramar College

San Diego, California
88 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego Miramar College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in biology. Roughly 14,100 attend the school each year. The biology program at San Diego Miramar College awarded 88 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 68% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#16

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Wesson, Mississippi
85 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Copiah-Lincoln Community College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in biology. Roughly 3,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 85 people received their associate's degree in biology from Copiah-Lincoln Community College. About 73% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Mott Community College

Flint, Michigan
83 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Mott Community College. Roughly 7,500 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 83 people received their associate's degree in biology from MCC. Of these students, 54% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Cumberland County College

Vineland, New Jersey
83 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cumberland County College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in biology. Roughly 2,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 83 associate's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Cumberland County College. Of these students, 73% were women and 59% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, California
83 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Diablo Valley College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in biology. Roughly 19,800 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 83 people received their associate's degree in biology from Diablo Valley. About 49% of this group were women, and 48% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Chabot College

Hayward, California
82 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chabot College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in biology. Roughly 13,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 82 associate's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Chabot College. About 80% of this group were women, and 89% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to biology that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Biotechnology 198
Other Biological Sciences 93
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 81
Ecology & Systematics Biology 48
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 45

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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