Top University Biology Programs

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, biology is among the top six most commonly awarded bachelor’s degrees in the U.S. And to meet a consistently increasing demand for employees with these credentials, more universities are expanding their departments to add more offerings outside of  “General Biology” studies. See below for our list of some of the top university biology programs.

Carnegie Mellon Computational Biology Program

Computational biology is the application of data science and analytics to life sciences. It draws on expertise from a wide assortment of fields including computer science, statistics, biology, chemistry, genetics and more.

Carnegie Mellon has one of the most well-established programs in this field, starting back in 1989, and was the first ever school to house such a program in a school of Computer Science. Graduates from this program are extremely high performing and tend to go on to have successful postgraduate careers. For example, students graduating with an M.S. in this industry earn an average of $90,000 per year as a starting salary, well above the industry average.

The Fall 2017 semester will mark the first time the university is offering a B.S. in this specific major. So moving forward, students will be able to earn a degree in Computational Biology at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate levels.

To learn more, visit the Carnegie Mellon Computational Biology Department page.

University of California, San Diego Biological Sciences Program

According to Start Class, Biology is the most popular major chosen by UC San Diego students. Students can choose from a wide variety of biological studies including Biochemistry, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, and more.

The department is one of the fastest growing in the nation, and in fact, it’s grown so much that in 2016 the university put an admissions cap on all Biological Sciences majors in order to maintain the high quality of its programs.

For prospective students, this means the department will admit a specified amount of incoming freshman and transfer students into the program each year. To learn more about this process as well as all of UCSD’s biology department offerings, visit the Biology Department page.

Tufts University Biopsychology Program

Tufts University’s Biopsychology program focuses on the relationship between “neurobiology and behavior”.

According to VeryWell, “Biopsychology is a branch of psychology that analyzes how the brain and neurotransmitters influence our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings”. Courses in this program focus on the connections between biology and psychology and the affects these connections have on our behavior and learning patterns.  

According to the Higher Education Research and Development Survey, Tufts spends an extensive amount of money towards research. Recently, the university invested $111 million in Life Sciences research; this was 66% of its entire research budget. This was also well above the average amount invested by universities, which averages at a $60 million investment in Life Sciences.

For more information on Tufts University Biopsychology Program, visit the program page here.   

Washington University St. Louis Biostatistics Program

The Biostatistics Department at Washington University focuses on providing answers to crucial questions surrounding issues in medicine, biology, and health. Students in this area look at things such as the causes behind serious diseases and the success rate for new medications and medical treatments.

This is a fairly new division within the larger Biology department, as it was first established in 2011. However, it boasts a top-notch faculty with superior knowledge in areas such as clinical trials, the genetic studies of human diseases, computing, and more.

Graduates of this program go on to careers in a variety of industries including genetics, genomics, and neuroscience. To learn more about the Washington University St. Louis Biostatistics Program, visit here.


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  1. January 23, 2017

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