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Bachelor’s Degrees in General Biology

82,869 Yearly Graduations
$27,600 Median Salary
$24,715 Median Debt
There are 1,396 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in biology. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 43% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 2.9% of biology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Biology Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 82,869 students earned their bachelor's degree in biology. This makes it the 4th most popular bachelor'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 Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in biology is $27,600. 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 $24,900 and the high is $30,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in biology is $24,715. 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, $27,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $20,857.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $256.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in biology. About 64.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 29,112
Women 53,757
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Biology

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 11,017
Black or African American 7,851
Hispanic or Latino 12,940
White 42,904
International Students 2,362
Other Races/Ethnicities 5,795
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Biology Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 1,396 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in biology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

941 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Florida - Main Campus tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for biology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Roughly 44,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,559 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,350 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 941 bachelor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at USF Tampa. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

755 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in biology. Each year, around 58,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 755 bachelor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at FIU. Of these students, 67% were women and 91% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
700 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Irvine is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in biology. Roughly 36,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 700 bachelor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at UC Irvine. Of these students, 63% were women and 74% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
691 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Central Florida. Roughly 69,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 691 bachelor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at UCF. About 60% of this group were women, and 57% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

638 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in biology. Each year, around 51,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 638 bachelor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at UT Austin. Of these students, 64% were women and 63% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
613 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas A&M University - College Station is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in biology. Roughly 68,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 613 bachelor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Texas A&M College Station. Of these students, 68% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

596 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in biology. Each year, around 53,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

The biology program at Arizona State University - Tempe awarded 596 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

577 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in biology. Roughly 29,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,664 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,959 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 577 bachelor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at UT Rio Grande Valley. Of these students, 59% were women and 91% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
565 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Florida. Each year, around 52,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 565 people received their bachelor's degree in biology from UF. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#10

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
563 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in biology. Roughly 29,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,019 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,552 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 563 bachelor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at UNC Chapel Hill. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#11

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
502 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Maryland - College Park. Roughly 40,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 502 people received their bachelor's degree in biology from UMCP. Of these students, 63% were women and 60% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
472 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of California - Los Angeles. Roughly 44,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 472 people received their bachelor's degree in biology from UCLA. About 62% of this group were women, and 74% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
471 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Michigan State University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in biology. Roughly 49,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,555 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,858 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 471 bachelor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at Michigan State. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#14

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
448 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Chicago is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in biology. Each year, around 32,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,276 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 448 people received their bachelor's degree in biology from UIC. Around 64% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

436 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio State University - Main Campus is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in biology. Each year, around 61,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

The biology program at Ohio State University - Main Campus awarded 436 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 56% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
431 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida Atlantic University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in biology. Roughly 30,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $2,522 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,467 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 431 bachelor's degrees were handed out to biology majors at FAU. About 71% of this group were women, and 61% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
423 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Stony Brook University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in biology. Each year, around 26,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 423 people received their bachelor's degree in biology from SUNY Stony Brook. Of these students, 54% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
421 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Georgia is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in biology. Roughly 38,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,878 per year.

The biology program at University of Georgia awarded 421 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 63% were women.

#19

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
415 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in biology. Roughly 44,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

The biology program at University of Wisconsin - Madison awarded 415 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 63% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

University of California - Riverside

Riverside, California
414 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for biology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of California - Riverside. Roughly 25,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 414 people received their bachelor's degree in biology from UCR. Of these students, 56% were women and 86% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Biochemistry & Biophysics 11,911
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 8,341
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 5,549
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 4,135
Ecology & Systematics Biology 3,824

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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