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General Biology Schools in California

12,467 students earned Biology degrees in California in the 2018-2019 year.

In this state, General Biology is the 12th most popular major out of a total 325 majors commonly available.

Education Levels of General Biology Majors in California

Biology majors in the state tend to have the following degree levels:

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 8,143
Associate’s Degree 3,418
Master’s Degree 562
Award Taking Less Than 1 Year 175
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 158
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 158
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 158
Award Taking 1 to 2 Years 11
Award Taking 2 to 4 Years 11

Gender Distribution

In California, a biology major is more popular with women than with men.

General Biology Majors in CA Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

The racial distribution of biology majors in California is as follows:

  • Asian: 26.9%
  • Black or African American: 3.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 31.3%
  • White: 26.7%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 3.8%
  • Other Races: 8.3%
General Biology Majors in CA Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for General Biology Grads in California

163,890 people in the state and 1,333,410 in the nation are employed in jobs related to biology.

General Biology Jobs Nationwide vs. CA

Wages for General Biology Jobs in California

A typical salary for a biology grad in the state is $102,550, compared to a typical salary of $89,150 nationwide.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 173 colleges in California that offer biology degrees. Learn about the most popular 10 below:

700 Degrees in Major Awarded
88% Graduation Rate
36,032 Total Students

The student loan default rate is 1.70% which is lower than average. Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $14,604. Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $41,100 a year.

496 Degrees in Major Awarded
91% Graduation Rate
44,537 Total Students

Most students complete their degree in 4.21 years. Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $14,171. The 1.30% student loan default rate is lower than average.

454 Degrees in Major Awarded
87% Graduation Rate
37,887 Total Students

The student loan default rate is 1.70% which is lower than average. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $43,400 after earning their degree at this institution. This public college charges it's students an average net price of $13,318.

416 Degrees in Major Awarded
73% Graduation Rate
23,922 Total Students

The student loan default rate is 2.80% which is lower than average. This public college charges it's students an average net price of $12,743. 87% of the teachers are full time.

361 Degrees in Major Awarded
51% Graduation Rate
29,778 Total Students

Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $15,033. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $38,000 after earning their degree at this institution. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 5.30%.

352 Degrees in Major Awarded
81% Graduation Rate
25,976 Total Students

63% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $16,236. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 2.30%.

331 Degrees in Major Awarded
50% Graduation Rate
40,212 Total Students

The student to faculty ratio is 26 to 1. 87% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. Graduates earn an average $33,700 after graduation.

320 Degrees in Major Awarded
66% Graduation Rate
8,544 Total Students

The student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1. Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $12,253. Graduates earn an average $36,900 after graduation.

305 Degrees in Major Awarded
68% Graduation Rate
35,303 Total Students

Graduates earn an average $37,700 after graduation. 60% of students get financical aid. A typical student attending SDSU will pay a net price of $15,287.

#10

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield
297 Degrees in Major Awarded
24,589 Total Students

Of all the teachers who work at the school, 54% are considered full time. The student to faculty ratio is 31 to 1. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 84% of students receive it.

General Biology Careers in CA

Some of the careers biology majors go into include:

Job Title CA Job Growth CA Median Salary
Biological Science Professors 19% $116,420
Medical Scientists 12% $99,100
Biological Scientists 12% $87,760
Natural Sciences Managers 11% $150,350
Life Scientists 10% $94,220
High School Teachers 7% $82,670

Below are some popular majors in the state that are similar to biology.

Major Annual Graduates in CA
Biochemistry & Biophysics 2,153
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 1,816
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 1,312
Ecology & Systematics Biology 759
Microbiology Science & Immunology 576
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 371
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 273
Biotechnology 265

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