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Biology Programs - East and Central

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Top Biology Programs

College and university biology programs provide the opportunity to study a plethora of ideas and concepts. Below is a list of the top biology programs from colleges and universities in the United States. Obviously, publications rate the programs differently, but I've seen the following programs turn up consistently in the rankings. It is always best to compare and contrast different programs as biology programs are unique. Always choose the best school for your interests and aspirations. Good luck!

Top Biology Programs - East

Boston University
Offers programs of study with undergraduate specialization in behavioral biology, cell biology, molecular biology & genetics, ecology & conservation biology, neurobiology, and quantitative biology.

Brown University
Offers opportunities for study at all levels of biological organization, as well as a range of collaborative opportunities for independent study and research.

Carnegie Mellon University
One of the nation's top private research institutions, this university offers courses that focus on five core areas: genetics and molecular biology, biochemistry and biophysics, cell and developmental biology, neuroscience, and computational biology.

Columbia University
Offers programs to prepare students for careers in basic research, medicine, public health, and biotechnology.

Cornell University
Cornell's Biological Sciences program has hundreds of course offerings with concentrations is fields such as animal physiology, biochemistry, computational biology, marine biology, and plant biology.

Dartmouth College
Courses of study provide students with an understanding of biology at environmental, organismal, cellular, and molecular levels.

Duke University
Provides opportunities for specializations in sub-disciplines including anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, animal behavior, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics, marine biology, neurobiology, pharmacology, and plant biology.

Emory University
Offers advanced programs of study in various sub-disciplines including cell and molecular biology, physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology.

Harvard University
Offers specialized plans of study in biomedical engineering, chemical and physical biology (CPB), chemistry, human developmental and regenerative biology (HDRB), human evolutionary biology (HEB), molecular and cellular biology (MCB), neurobiology, organismic and evolutionary biology (OEB), and psychology.

Johns Hopkins University
Offers opportunities for study in biomedical engineering, neuroscience, biophysics, cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, and much more.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
MIT offers courses of study in areas such as biochemistry, bioengineering, biophysics, neurobiology, and computational biology.

Penn State University
Includes programs of study in fields including general biology, ecology, genetics & developmental biology, neuroscience, plant biology, and vertebrate physiology.

Princeton University
Offers opportunities for study in areas including molecular biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, and chemical and biological engineering.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The programs of study at UNC prepare students for careers in the biological, environmental, and medical sciences. This includes fields such as medical, dental, and veterinary medicine.

University of Pennsylvania
Offers areas of study including genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, development, plant biology, vertebrate physiology, neurobiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution.

University of Virginia
The biology curriculum offers specialization in areas such as genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, ecology, and evolution.

Yale University
The Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) provides opportunities for study in biotechnology, plant sciences, neurobiology, genetics, cell and developmental biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and chemical biology.

Top Biology Programs - Central

Indiana University - Bloomington
Students earning a degree in biology at this university are prepared for careers in biology, biotechnology, and health related fields. Specialized areas of study include ecology, genetics, microbiology, cellular, developmental, environmental, and molecular biology.

Michigan State University
Offers various programs in the biological sciences including biochemistry and molecular biology.

Northwestern University
Offers opportunities for study in the biological sciences with concentration in biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, neurobiology, physiology, and plant biology.

Ohio State University
Programs of study include forensic biology, life sciences education, and pre-health professions.

Purdue University
Offers a wide range of study in fields of biology such as biochemistry; cell, molecular, and developmental biology; ecology, evolution, and environmental biology; genetics; health and disease; microbiology; and neurobiology and physiology.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Provides opportunities for study in genomics, physiology, ecology, evolution, and cell and molecular biology.

University of Iowa
Offers biology programs of study in areas including cell and developmental biology, evolution, genetics, neurobiology, and plant biology.

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Programs provide opportunities for study in ecology and evolutionary biology; molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and neuroscience.

University of Notre Dame
Biological and environmental sciences programs allow students to study evolutionary biology, cellular and molecular biology, cancer biology, immunology, neuroscience, and more.

Vanderbilt University
Offers courses and research opportunities in biochemistry, structural biology and biophysics, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, computational biology, evolutionary biology, ecology, developmental biology, and neurobiology.

Washington University in St. Louis
Provides opportunities for study in genetics, neuroscience, development, population biology, plant biology, and more.

Top Biology Programs - West and Pacific

For information on additional biology programs, see West and Pacific.

Top Biology Programs - AP Biology

Those who wish to gain credit for introductory college level biology courses should consider taking an Advanced Placement Biology coarse. Taking the course itself however is not enough to gain college level credit. Students enrolled in the AP Biology course must take the AP Biology exam to gain credit. Most colleges will give credit toward entry level biology courses for students who earn a score of 3 or better on the exam.

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