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2022 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

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306

Graduates Per Year

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$44K

Average Salary

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#320

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

306

95% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

57

70% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

319

Nuclear Medical Technology

308

320

Environmental Biology

306

321

Religious Music

304

Cost

Median Cost

$32,465

2% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

169

Actuarial Science

$32,471

170

Environmental Biology

$32,465

171

Photography

$32,411

Salary

Low Salary

$26,307

32% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

353

Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

$26,307

354

Environmental Biology

$26,307

355

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

$26,307

Professors

Students

Not Diverse

2.9/5

19.12% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

333

Insurance

334

Environmental Biology

335

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SUMMARY

Studying Environmental Biology is a valuable choice and typically an obligatory first step for students intending to enter a career as an environmental ecosystems researcher, an environmental biologist, or an environmental analyst. In fact, environmental biology is an uncommon major ranking as the 320th most popular major. Last year alone, there were 306 environmental biology diplomas received. In-state tuition for environmental biology at private colleges is, on average, 3.4 times more expensive than their public fellows.

With just 57 schools having programs for environmental biology there might be a smaller selection of institutions you can choose from. If you are looking to surround yourself with other environmental biology majors, consider looking at colleges in New York which have more undergraduates admitted to environmental biology than any other state. Zooming out, the top region to pursue environmental biology is in the Mid East region with Monmouth University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the best conference to major in environmental biology is the Big Ten Conference with Michigan State University representing the conference. From our extensive list on the best colleges, our choice for the best college for environmental biology is Georgetown University.

The objectively best school might not actually be the 'best' school for every student. There can be lots of factors to weigh when deciding on ​university. Things like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would impact your choice on where to go to university. At Authority, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which environmental biology school boasts the best campus, the answer is Michigan State University. If, for example, you are primarily interested in which university has the finest campus, then we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more in order to evaluate each major in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our comprehensive list for the universities with the best student life here and from that list, our choice of the college with the best student life for environmental biology is Georgetown University. Curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about our top recommendations. Many of our decisions will probably surprise you.

If cost is a significant deciding factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about Georgetown University. Georgetown University appears to be the most expensive school for environmental biology, at least for out of state attendance. We have a list of the most expensive colleges that might put the price tag at Georgetown University into perspective. You may also be interested to know that environmental biology is the 170th most expensive degree in the nation, with an average associated cost of $32,500. On a broader scale, the most costly state for environmental biology in the country is District of Columbia demonstrated with a cost of $55,440 at Georgetown University. Even more broadly, the most costly region of the U.S. for environmental biology is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for environmental biology is the New England region which is represented by Plymouth State University with a cost of $20,760. More optimistically, the most affordable school for environmental biology is Ferris State University. Our entire list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying around $11,600 for a degree in environmental biology. That cost inflates significantly to a median of $25,400 for the out-of-state public-school undergraduate. On that note, our choice for the school constituting the best value for environmental biology: Georgetown University. On this page you will see our comprehensive list of the schools we see as being the best value overall. Bear in mind, this list is based on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition is considered, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for environmental biology majors vary widely, but within two years completing the major graduates will regularly earn in the neighborhood of $44,100. While there is a lot of variation in earnings potential; top positions can experience pay up to $79,700. Even straight out of college, the lowest earning jobs within the environmental biology field make $23,900, which could be worse. The highest earning grads from environmental biology come from Georgetown University and if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The all-around diversity of environmental biology falls quite poor, falling in only the 16th percentile of all programs. The college with the most composite diversity for environmental biology is Georgetown University and here you can find our comprehensive list for the universities which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Environmental Biology is only in the 53rd percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even lower in the 11th percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest share, 79%, of scholars majoring in environmental biology. Additionally, 61% of undergraduates seeking an environmental biology degree are women.

We have insufficient professors data for environmental biology to make the conclusions we normally would have made in this sentence. If we including data other than basic rankings we find that the school with the overall best professors for environmental biology is Georgetown University. You can find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with some of the finest professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for environmental biology is Washington University in St Louis. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have a detailed list of the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, here at Authority we do hope you understand that considering the education process with a perspective primarily shaped by superlatives might cause issues. We at Authority hope you look at some of our other pages on different universities and explore some of our insightful background articles on important details to look for as your university search continues.

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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

#1 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is a small public university located in Syracuse, NY ranked 49th in New York. It has a total of 1,925 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 69.54% of applicants. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry offers 48 different majors and is best known for its Conservation Biology, Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Biology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $7,070 for in-state students and $16,980 for those from out-of-state, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is reasonably priced. 70.93% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $45,600 per year, which is 10% over the national median.

Syracuse, NY

www.esf.edu

B+

Rating

70%

Acceptance

2,370

Students

#362

Ranking

$16,980

Tuition

Washington University in St Louis

#2 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Washington University in St Louis is a large private university located in Saint Louis, MO ranked 15th in the nation. It has a total of 8,774 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 13.85% of applicants. Washington University in St Louis offers 291 different majors and is best known for its Anthropology, Design and Visual Communications, and Environmental Biology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,250 per year, Washington University in St Louis is exceptionally costly. 88.9% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in approximately $70,100 per year, which is 69% greater than the national median.

Saint Louis, MO

www.wustl.edu

A+

Rating

14%

Acceptance

17,794

Students

#15

Ranking

$54,250

Tuition

Georgetown University

#3 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Georgetown University is a large private university located in Washington, DC ranked 13th in the United States. It has a total of 8,325 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 14.36% of applicants. Georgetown University offers 184 different majors and is best known for its Science, Technology and Society, International Economics, and Political Science and Government programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,440 per year, Georgetown University is very expensive. 87.04% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After college, alumni go on to take home roughly $93,500 per year, which is 125% above the national median.

Washington, DC

www.georgetown.edu

A+

Rating

14%

Acceptance

22,534

Students

#13

Ranking

$55,440

Tuition

Michigan State University

#4 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Michigan State University is a very large public university located in East Lansing, MI ranked 163rd in the nation. It has a total of 42,492 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 71.12% of applicants. Michigan State University offers 384 different majors and is best known for its Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, Pre-Law Studies, and Soil Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $14,460 for in-state students and $39,766 for those from out-of-state, Michigan State University is quite expensive. 76.24% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make roughly $53,600 per year, which is 29% above the national median.

East Lansing, MI

https://www.msu.edu

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

55,332

Students

#163

Ranking

$39,766

Tuition

University of Dayton

#5 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

University of Dayton is a large private university located in Dayton, OH ranked 192nd in the US. It has a total of 8,911 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 72.03% of applicants. University of Dayton offers 159 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Dentistry Studies, Pre-Physical Therapy Studies, and Environmental Biology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,100 per year, University of Dayton is quite pricey. 75.62% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn about $55,100 per year, which is 33% over the national median.

Dayton, OH

https://udayton.edu

A

Rating

72%

Acceptance

13,417

Students

#192

Ranking

$44,100

Tuition

Principia College

#6 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Elsah, IL

www.principiacollege.edu

B-

Rating

91%

Acceptance

470

Students

#590

Ranking

$29,490

Tuition

Whitman College

#7 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Whitman College is a small private liberal arts college located in Walla Walla, WA ranked 128th in the nation. It has a total of 1,605 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting about 5/9 of applicants. Whitman College offers 59 different majors and is best known for its Environmental Biology, German Language and Literature, and Financial Mathematics programs (nationally ranked 7th, 9th, and 10th respectively). With an annual tuition of $53,420 per year, Whitman College is exceptionally pricey. 82.69% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $51,300 per year, which is 24% above the national median.

Walla Walla, WA

www.whitman.edu

A

Rating

56%

Acceptance

1,605

Students

#128

Ranking

$53,420

Tuition

Texas A & M University-College Station

#8 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Texas A & M University-College Station is a very large public university located in College Station, TX ranked 124th in America. It has a total of 56,527 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like four sevenths of applicants. Texas A & M University-College Station offers 409 different majors and is best known for its Construction Engineering Technology, Fitness Administration, and Petroleum Engineering programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $8,532 for students from Texas and $34,981 for those from out-of-state, Texas A & M University-College Station is somewhat moderately pricey. 76.91% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in about $58,000 per year, which is 40% over the national median.

College Station, TX

https://www.tamu.edu

A

Rating

58%

Acceptance

73,267

Students

#124

Ranking

$34,981

Tuition

Monmouth University

#9 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Monmouth University is a mid-sized private institution located in West Long Branch, NJ ranked 10th in New Jersey. It has a total of 4,847 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting more or less 7 in every 9 applicants. Monmouth University offers 78 different majors and is best known for its Homeland Security, Environmental Biology, and Foreign Languages and Literatures programs (nationally ranked 6th, 9th, and 41st respectively). With an annual tuition of $38,880 per year, Monmouth University is quite pricey. 71.33% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw more or less $50,500 per year, which is 22% over the national median.

West Long Branch, NJ

https://www.monmouth.edu

B+

Rating

77%

Acceptance

6,704

Students

#348

Ranking

$38,880

Tuition

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

#10 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona is a very large public college located in Pomona, CA ranked 42nd in California. It has a total of 26,549 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 54.59% acceptance rate. California State Polytechnic University-Pomona offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Landscape Architecture, Electrical Engineering Technologies, and Manufacturing Engineering programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for students from California and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona is moderately priced. 67.5% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $54,000 per year, which is 30% greater than the national median.

Pomona, CA

www.cpp.edu

B+

Rating

55%

Acceptance

28,547

Students

#355

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Elizabethtown College

#11 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Elizabethtown College is a small private college located in Elizabethtown, PA ranked 30th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 2,017 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 80.82% of applicants. Elizabethtown College offers 88 different majors and is best known for its Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing, Music Therapy, and Environmental Biology programs (nationally ranked 9th, 10th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,000 per year, Elizabethtown College is reasonably expensive. 67.56% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home around $51,300 per year, which is 24% greater than the national median.

Elizabethtown, PA

www.etown.edu

B+

Rating

81%

Acceptance

2,243

Students

#396

Ranking

$32,000

Tuition

Wingate University

#15 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Wingate University is a small private college located in Wingate, NC ranked 27th in North Carolina. It has a total of 2,832 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 88.74% acceptance rate. Wingate University offers 51 different majors and is best known for its Sports Communication, Environmental Biology, and Organizational Communication programs (nationally ranked 10th, 15th, and 29th respectively). With an annual tuition of $35,190 per year, Wingate University is somewhat moderately expensive. 53.31% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home close to $43,200 per year, which is 4% over the national median.

Wingate, NC

https://www.wingate.edu

C+

Rating

89%

Acceptance

3,875

Students

#1272

Ranking

$35,190

Tuition

Liberty University

#17 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Liberty University is a very large private institution located in Lynchburg, VA ranked 32nd in Virginia. It has a total of 60,751 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.06% of applicants. Liberty University offers 229 different majors and is best known for its Music Pedagogy, Religious Music, and Music History, Literature, and Theory programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $21,361 per year, Liberty University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 29.77% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw more or less $36,700 per year, which is 12% less than the national median.

Lynchburg, VA

www.liberty.edu

C+

Rating

51%

Acceptance

111,084

Students

#1009

Ranking

$21,361

Tuition

Northern Arizona University

#18 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Northern Arizona University is a very large public university located in Flagstaff, AZ ranked 10th in Arizona. It has a total of 29,814 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 84.89% of applicants. Northern Arizona University offers 237 different majors and is best known for its Critical Theory and Analysis, Technical Teacher Education, and Biology Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,650 for in-state students and $25,270 for those from out-of-state, Northern Arizona University is somewhat moderately expensive. 53.93% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate more or less $40,100 per year, which is 3% under the national median.

Flagstaff, AZ

https://nau.edu/

C+

Rating

85%

Acceptance

34,934

Students

#912

Ranking

$25,270

Tuition

Plymouth State University

#19 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Plymouth State University is a small public institution located in Plymouth, NH ranked 10th in New Hampshire. It has a total of 4,514 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 84.82% of applicants. Plymouth State University offers 145 different majors and is best known for its Environmental Biology and Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology programs, which are respectively ranked 19th and 35th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $11,870 for in-state students and $20,760 for those from out-of-state, Plymouth State University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 52.15% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home more or less $41,700 per year, which is 0% above the national median.

Plymouth, NH

www.plymouth.edu

C

Rating

85%

Acceptance

5,868

Students

#1412

Ranking

$20,760

Tuition

Ferris State University

#20 Best Colleges for Environmental Biology

Ferris State University is a large public institution located in Big Rapids, MI ranked 39th in Michigan. It has a total of 14,170 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 86.64% acceptance rate. Ferris State University offers 231 different majors and is best known for its Metal and Jewelry Arts, Mechanic and Repair Technologies, and Drawing programs (nationally ranked 7th, 8th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,068 per year, Ferris State University is pretty inexpensive. 48.78% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to earn more or less $44,500 per year, which is 7% over the national median.

Big Rapids, MI

www.ferris.edu/

C

Rating

87%

Acceptance

15,739

Students

#1421

Ranking

$12,068

Tuition